Swansea City 1 Arsenal 2
(Davies 82, Gnabry 58 Ramsey 62)

Arsenal stormed to their eighth consecutive away win in the Premiership and in so doing opened up a two point lead over Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premiership summit. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring just before the hour mark, with Aaron Ramsey netting his fourth Premiership goal of a very promising season. Looking comfortable on the back of their second half showing, the Gunners did contrive to create a bit of a scare, when Ben Davies finished off a slick Swans move. It was to prove to be too little too late as Arsene Wenger’s side were victorious for the of fifth consecutive time in the Premiership.

It was more about survival and getting accustomed to their raucous South Wales surroundings in the opening forty five minutes, when scoring opportunities were at a premium. Reminded of his Cardiff connections, Ramsey was afforded a welcome worthy of Swansea’s bitter rivals, but still managed to get the Gunners first sighter on Michel Vorm’s goal with a shot that flew just wide of the post. A positive run from Gabry later in the half set up Olivier Giroud. The France striker took one touch to control, but then managed to drag his left footed shot wide of the target.

Arsenal started the second half with more of a desire to let Swansea have possession and then counter attack at pace. The formula would profit the Gunners. Kieran Gibbs raced away but was unlucky not to earn his side a penalty as his through ball clearly caught Chico-Flores on the hand. More positive in attack, Arsenal took the lead which Ramsey instigated. After neat exchange of passes, the Swans defence anticipated anyone other than Gnabry would take on the shot, but the German teenager kept his cool to slot low past Vorm inside his area to put the Gunners ahead after 58 minutes.

A mere four minutes later and Arsenal doubled their lead. Wojciech Szczesny did well to keep the ball in play with a low save and quickly distributed the ball. Mesut Özil found Ramsey and his one touch fell right for a determined Jack Wilshere. The England man exchanged passes with Giroud before finding Ramsey to side step his marker and rifle into Vorm’s net. It was pure Arsenal pass and move which Wenger saluted with a huge grin.

Özil had a glorious chance to increase the Gunners’ lead, and Nathan Dyer forced Szczesny into making a fine save as the home side went in search of a goal. With eight minutes to on the clock, Davis and Wilfried Bony carved up the Gunners’ rearguard for the defender to score with a bundled effort off his thigh. Arsenal held on and were worthy of the win. The day was to finish with another Arsenal happy away day with Wenger’s side re- claiming top spot in the Premiership.