In front of their home fans at the Emirates Stadium, London giants Arsenal made sure they saved themselves blushes by bouncing back from a goal down to win 2-1 against Welsh heavyweights Swansea City on Saturday.
Crafty midfielder Sam Clucas put the visitors ahead during the first half, but two quick-fire goals from ex-Schalke utility man Sead Kolasinac and intelligent playmaker Aaron Ramsey ensure the Gunners clinch the win come full-time.
This is now the third consecutive competitive match wherein Arsenal came back from a goal down to bounce back as winners. The other two were against Everton in the league last week, and the other against Championship side Norwich City on Tuesday. And if this trend is anything to go by, then the Gunners could be on the rise.
The game started with Swansea forming a formidable defensive line of 11 players behind the ball. Arsenal, in turn, could not find any opening. Imposing figure Per Mertesacker tried to head one in from a corner, but the goal heads straight towards keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Then came a weird, unexpected turnabout. With their first touch of the game in the opposite half, the Swans managed to score a spectacular goal on the 23rd minute. Swansea front-man Tammy Abraham executed an incisive pass towards an open and awaiting Clucas, who tapped the ball home.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 28, 2017
The Gunners tried to equalise before the break, including a massive effort from Alexandre Lacazette, to no avail.
Come the second half, Arsenal tried to up the ante and played with more tempo. In one lazy mistake, the ball ends up on the feet of Kolasinac, who was more than eager to rocket it towards the net. Power paid off as the Bosnian ended up scoring a brilliant no-nonsense goal on the 51st minute.
Then seven minutes later, it was Ramsey who would eventually win it for Arsenal. Kolasinac turns from scorer to provider as he crossed the ball from the flanks with pinpoint accuracy. Ramsey only had to stick his foot out to guide the ball home for the goal.
Swansea’s efforts to equalise later on would fall short and Arsenal end up taking all the spoils after ninety minutes.
51st minute: Scores our equaliser ⚽
58th minute: Sets up our second 🅰️
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 28, 2017