Arsenal 0 Swansea City 2

The team that prides itself on the passing game,playing with skill and scoring goals that could best be described as works of art won at the Emirates. Only it wasn’t Arsenal. Miguel Michu’s late second half double consigned the Gunners to their fourth Premiership loss of the season and everyone of the 60098 present at the Emirates will have witnessed that the Swans were worthy of the win. Arsenal were just poor and made to look the poorer despite having the personnel capable of coping with this exact type of game. In truth, Gerhard Tremmel in the City goal would not have imagined a more comfortable afternoon against a predictable Gunners attack. Boos greeted the full time whistle, but some Arsenal fans rose to applaud the City effort. Yes the away side were that good.

A poor Arsenal first half of misplaced passes and misguided approach play was to be the sad pattern that revisited the Emirates. Swansea were organised and composed and in Michu posses the Premiership’s surprise package. Not that Arsene Wenger didn’t know that, but the manner in which the Spaniard took his goals suggests more than a hint of complacency, from his players ,and yes a lack of intelligence on their behalf too.

Going into this game, Michu had notched up an impressive nine goals this season and two minutes before the final whistle, he would reach double figures. He played a neat one two with Luke Moore and with only Wojciech Szczesny in front of him, Michu finished with a fine left foot strike. If that wasn’t bad enough, in time added on, the visitors doubled their lead. What Carl Jenkinson was thinking under pressure from Nathan Dyer, only he will know. Dyer took control and fed Michu with possibly the most time any attacker will ever have in front of goal. Szczesny was exposed and their would only be one outcome as the 26 year old Swansea player finished with ease with goal number eleven.

It was not the outcome anyone outside Wales would have expected, but once again the result was fully deserved. Pass as they tried, the Gunners could not fire. If the expectation is to continually pass back and sideways, then Wenger needs more than a radical overhaul. Even Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere were off their game. Wenger elected to start with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski wide with Gervinho at the centre of the attack. The tactic failed miserably in a dour opening forty five minutes that saw Swansea grow in confidence.

Arsenal’s sortees were evident, but the ball was being passed sideways, and backwards. Jenkinson was advancing, but not with the required intelligence, and to the on field frustration of Mikel Arteta. Thomas Vermaelen will not be happy and as captain he lead by example with a well timed tackle on Dyer as be rushed in on Szczesny’s goal. The Pole had already denied Angel Rangel with a fine double save after 15 minutes as the Swans made their intentions clear.

Compact and neat, Swansea continued to frustrate the misfiring Gunners. Rarely can a recent Arsrnal side have played with such naivety. Wenger sent on Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, but apart from a Vermalen header and a couple of half shouts for a penalty when Giroud went over and Cazolra was bundled over, the latter saw a volley held by Tremmel. was to be more than a sting in the Swansea tail. Late on, Michu made the Gunners pay to further dent an already fragile Arsenal confidence. Wenger later conceded that Swansea deserved the win, but that will be scant consolation for the Arsenal fans who booed at the final whistle.