Arsenal 1 Swansea 2 – The bottle job is nearly complete.

Another poor display has meant that we haven’t been able to capitalise on our rivals slipping up. The Swansea game was meant to be one that we should have won convincingly but poor finishing once again cost us. In a game where we largely dominated we failed to convert the numerous chances that we had whilst Swansea’s clinical finishing ultimately undid us.

 

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Our first opportunity of the game came 3 minutes into the game; Alexis received the ball on our left hand side and squared it to Giroud who had a weak shot blocked. Minutes later Giroud had another golden opportunity. This time Campbell sent the ball out wide to Bellerin who cut it back to Giroud but yet again his effort was weak and Swansea survived.
Alexis who has been in poor form of late also spurned a great opportunity. A flick on by Ozil teed Sanchez up perfectly for a volley. The Chilean failed to make contact with the ball but recovered and had his resulting shot hit the post.
We managed to take the lead on the 15th minute; Alexis received the ball from Coquelin on the left. An overlapping run by Monreal allowed him to cut inside and he played a beautiful ball to Campbell. The Costa Rican finished with aplomb as he slid to send the ball into the far corner on the half volley.

With us now taking the lead we expected to push on and get more goals, but instead we retreated into our shell and allowed Swansea to gain a foothold on the game. A Cech kicked the ball long and the ball broke to Jack Cork after it seemed like Ozil had been fouled. Cork turned and played it immediately to Routledge who was in acres of space and he placed the ball low to Cech’s left.

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Despite Swansea’s equalizer we were the largely dominant team and we still created one more big chance in the first half. Mertesacker knocked down a Ramsey cross to Giroud. From 10 yards out and Big Frenchman could only rattle the cross-bar and once again Swansea survived.

Going into the second half we still looked likely to take way the 3 points but doubts about are finishing was definitely present. We continued to be wasteful in the second half; this time Ozil was the culprit. He received a long ball after doing well to block a Swansea defenders attempt to intercept; however he failed to make contact on his resulting volley.

Alexis continued to struggle in front of goal. His first major chance of the half came from him bringing a corner down with his chest and working a yard to get a shot off. Even though his shot was well place it was blocked yet again by a Swansea defender.
Moments later Alexis had another chance. Ozil delivered a perfect free kick to Sanchez who was unmarked 10 yards from goal; he attempted to take the shot on the volley but misjudged the flight of the ball and failed to make contact. Sanchez in a last gasp attempt to get on the score sheet, took on the responsibility of taking a free kick but his shot deflected onto the bar and yet again Swansea managed to hang in.

Swansea’s winner came on the 74th minute. Ashley William Inadvertently bundled in a Sigurdsson free kick and the Emirates we left stunned. With the fans silenced it never looked like we were going to save the game. Despite Giroud, Monreal and Walcott all having decent chances after Swansea’s second, their finishing lacked conviction and Swansea ran out unlikely winners. Yet another game that we’ve bottled due to poor finishing and switching off defensively. With the title seemingly out of reach questions have to be asked about the mentality of our squad as well as the decision-making of Wenger. Our best player Campbell was subbed off on the 64th minute whilst Giroud and Sanchez who had poor games stayed on.

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With the game against the Scum coming up soon another loss to the will complete this monumental bottle job. Judging by our finishing and Wenger’s refusal to replace under performing players it’s becoming more and more likely that we will lose on the weekend.

 

 

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