Arsenal 0 Swansea City 1
( Gomis 85 )

What is it about former Arsenal players coming back to the Emirates and making a statement? Lukaz Fabianski spent seven years at Arsenal and having been given the number one berth at Swansea, has been a keeper transformed for the South Wales team. His goal keeping was key to an away win which had been on the cards from a very defence minded Swansea. Just as it looked as if a goalless scoreline was on the cards, substitute Bafetimbi Gomis came off the bench to lethally put paid to Arsenal’s recent unbeaten run of games with a header which although David Ospina clawed out of his net, the goal line technology system signalled the whole of the ball had crossed the whole of the line. Replays showed that the correct decision was a goal, but Gomis didn’t wait as he raced away to celebrate with the travelling Swans’ support. Arsenal, neat and purposeful couldn’t breach Fabianski’s goal and were left with their seventh defeat of the season, and a wobble when more was expected, and at a time of the season when second place remains up for grabs.

The Gunners emerged unchanged for the fifth game in succession, but soon came up against a defensively stubborn Swansea who seemed intent on early time wasting tactics. A deep wall of white shirted players reverted to away type at the Emirates stadium and were in no mood to do anything other than hit on the counter attack.

Arsenal reverted to their own familiar type, passing and looking for an end product. Per Mertersacker found Aaron Ramsey and then Mesut Ozil fed Hector Bellerin. The cross was good, but Olivier Giroud’s cushioned header was just too high over the bar.

Ospina was asked an early question with an Angel Rangel shot which he had to be alert to and soon the Columbian was off his line to head away. Ashley Williams was on the wrong end of a tackle on Giroud. Both players needed treatment, but from the resultant free kick, Ozil caught Mertersacker in the face, and that about summed up the early exchanges.

Following his robust challenges on Alexis, Jonjo Shelvey was shown a yellow card after 37 minutes, but the game lacked any of the urgency of a side in need of the win to join Manchester City level on 73 points against the visitors whose defensive game was snuffling the flair of the hosts.

Four minutes before the break, Giroud unleashed a snap shot just wide of Fabianski’s upright. The half ended with Jefferson Montero striking just wide of the post, the Ecuador midfielder hurt the Gunners in the reverse fixture at the Liberty stadium, and would add more pain later too.

Arsenal upped their game after the break, and Giroud just failed to get onto the end of another lightening quick move from the right.

Alexis was having to come deeper for the ball, and his strength to gold off Federico Fernandez saw the Chile striker go close but his shot hit the side netting. Then came the Fabianksi show. The Polish stopper denied Giroud again, and then Santi Cazorla

The midfield was awash with miss hit passes and mistimed tackles. After a rather subdued game from Francis Coquelin, Arsene Wenger signalled his intent by replacing him with Jack Wilshere, with Ramsey now deeper alongside Cazorla. On came Theo Walcott for Giroud too, but the sequence was not being bettered.

Bellerin’s cross came too quickly for Walcott who couldn’t get any kind of shot away.

Now Ramsey’s low tracer bullet like shot had Fabianksi right behind it. Arsenal should have taken the lead when Alexis found himself with room to shoot.

Fabianski saved that shot and the follow up from Cazorla was held after more fine keeping from the Swanses keeper.

With the clock ticking down. Montero was lurking out on the left. His cross was missed by Nacho Monreal, with Gomis powering a header beyond Ospina and over the line for the winner. The replay system confirmed the ball had crossed the line and Ospina’s seemingly valid save had been in vain. Initial wonder at why Gomis was celebrating was soon confirmed when referee Kevin Friend signalled the goal to complete a Swans double over the Gunners and a miserable night for Wenger’s side.