Swansea City 2 Arsenal 1
( Sigurdsson 75, Gomis 78, Sanchez 63 )

What is it about Arsenal going into an international break? What is it about Arsenal being unable to hold onto a lead? What is it about the worrying porosity of the Arsenal defence? Swansea City became the latest side to expose the most obvious of defensive flaws in the Gunners’ rearguard, which once again demonstrated that it is not up to the job. When Alexis Sanchez scored his 12th goal of the season, Arsenal were on track to grab a vital three Premier League points. However, the Swans rallied and in the space of two second half minutes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and then within two minutes of his second half introduction, Bafetimbi Gomis headed his first Premier League goal to give the home side the lead. Arsene Wenger threw on Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere but despite their efforts to get a late leveller, Swansea held on to inflict Arsenal’s second Premier League defeat of the season.

On a rain sodden Liberty stadium, Swansea surprise package Jefferson Montero may have just given Wenger the final warning about the urgent need to strengthen his defence in January. The tricky Ecuador forward tormented Calum Chambers all game and was the architect of the Swans winner. Having skinned Chambers, the 25 year old crossed for Gomis to head past Szczesny with Nacho Monreal offering very little in the way of any aerial defensive resistance to Gomis. Swansea had just drawn level courtesy of Sigurdsson’s wonder free kick awarded after Kieran Gibbs had brought drown substitute Modou Barrow as he hared through the centre of the pitch. Szczesny was well placed for the resultant free kick but couldn’t do anything to stop Sigurdsson’s precision strike.

After a goalless first half which saw Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertersaker squander chances to give Arsenal the lead at the break, the Gunners enjoyed a bright second half start. A minute after the restart and Sanchez fed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his shot was easily gathered by Lukasz Fabianki. Just past the hour mark and Santi Cazorla’s low fizzing drive was gathered by Fabianski at the second time of asking.

Playing with more determination and desire on a rain drenched pitch, Arsenal took the lead after 63 minutes. Oxlade-Chamberlain had been lively all game and as he skipped tackle after tackle on the right, he found Cazorla. The Spain midfielder saw Welbeck racing away further on the right. The England striker looked up and cut back for Sanchez to guide the ball beyond Fabianski.

Wilfried Bony had a chance for an immediate response but scuffed his shot wide after some more good work again from Montero. When Gibbs felled Barrow, Sigurdsson struck to draw the home side level. Why Wenger didn’t try to readjust his creaking defence by swapping Gibbs with Chambers and putting Monreal back in his preferred left back position only he will know. Montero was cutting the Gunners’ defence up for fun and that was to cost Arsenal dearly as Gomis was to aptly demonstrate.

Mathiu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny remain a long way away from a first team return, but the Arsenal defensive Reading is not good. Two leads squandered in two different competitions and both only a matter of days apart. Wenger will hope to resolve his ailing defensive dilemma before the arrival on Manchester United on November 22nd.