Swansea City 0 Arsenal 3
( Giroud 49, Koscielny 68, Campbell, 74 )

Three second half goals stunned Swansea at the Liberty stadium as Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell struck to seal a well deserved win against Swansea. Giroud’s opener was the 2000th Arsenal goal under Arsene Wenger, and the perfect antidote to the injury plagued midweek Capital One Cup reverse at Hillsborough. With their plethora of injuries, Campbell was given a first Premier League start. Wenger has backed his Costa Rica striker, but also accepts that it is up to the player to force himself into the first team reckoning. With Walcott sidelined for up to three weeks, the ideal scenario would be for Campbell to shine, and after a challenging start, he did just that against the Swans.

Giroud’s early flick found Campbell whose curling effort went just wide of Fabianski’s goal. Swansea had taken six points off their visitors in last season’s Premier League encounters, with Bafetimbi Gomis getting the winner in Wales and at the Emirates stadium. With Jonjo Shelvey and Ki running their midfield, it was the former’s bisecting pass which Gomis raced onto. Well onside, and with only Petr Cech to beat, the France striker allowed the Arsenal keeper to get down and as he tried to go around Cech it enabled the back tracking Hector Bellerin to tidy up at the expense of just a comer.

As Swansea sensed a goal, Campbell was having to cover in front of Bellerin to counter the pace of Jefferson Montero. The ploy almost paid dividends when Montero raced clear to cross, but Cech held onto Gomis’s header.

Arsenal came back with Alexis Sanchez who fed Giroud. His curling effort was similar to that of Campbell’s earlier on, with the ball finding a similar path just wide of target. Campbell and Bellerin’s defensive combination to halt Montero gave away a free kick. Up stepped Gylfi Sigurdsson to flight the free kick, but with a hint of a Per Mertersacker handball, Arsenal fortuitously cleared the danger.

With Mesut Özil starting to pull more midfield strings, Arsenal emerged in more attacking intent for the second half. Neil Taylor cleared Özil’s cross for a corner after the alert Koscielny had remained alert to keep the move alive.

Özil swung in the corner, and with a quick surge and sudden retreat, Giroud escaped the attentions of Ashley Williams to create a couple of yards of space and a free header, timing his leap perfectly to duly despatch beyond Fabianksi. It was the 2000th goal under Arsene Wenger, and perhaps apt that it was scored by his fellow countryman.

Swansea had no time to dwell on their defensive lapse in concentration and at the other end, Sigurdsson’s shot had Cech stretching to make another fine save, turning the ball away for a comer.

Santi Cazorla was finding more space ahead now as Arsenal went in search of a second goal. His pass to Özil who sent in a deflected rising cross off the head of Williams, confused Fabianski. The former Gunner needed to punch clear, but under pressure from Giroud and Koscielny, attempted to catch the ball. That proved to be disastrous for the Swans, as the ball fell at the feet of Koscielny who chested and turned to strike home for back to back Premier League goals for the first time, and a 2-0 scoreline to the Gunners.

Alexis had been a little quiet than he has been of late, but with Arsenal in the ascendency, it was good to see the Gunners still had sufficient firepower to get a third. Özil exchanged passes with his Chile team mate, and having spotted Campbell over on the right, sent over a low cross. Campbell took a touch to steady himself before striking home for his first Arsenal goal. Arsenal were oozing style and dominating proceedings by now. Özil could have grabbed a fourth for his side, hitting low for a fine save by Fabianski. By then the Gunners had come through a tough ask to complete a memorable win at the Liberty stadium, which had Wenger smiling at the final whistle.

” We had a difficult first half where we didn’t find our rhythm, our pace, our decisiveness. The second half was a different team and after we scored the first goal, it was all us,” said Wenger who was pleased to see another win, another clean sheet and the record 2000th goal under his tenure in North London which keeps Arsenal joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City.

” Yes the three pints are important. I am proud of scoring goals because people like to come to see football to see people try to play, but the most important of course was the three points. It is always a difficult game, we were a bit edgy, but in fairness Swansea showed quality again today. They are maybe going through a spell where they have less confidence but they are a good side. In the first half, it was difficult but in the second half we upped our purpose, our tempo and had more purpose in our passing, with pace in our combinations. Once we scored the first goal we were the dominant team and won the game normally.”

With the North London derby on the horizon’s next weekend and the midweek Champions League group F return to Bayern Munich prior to that, Arsenal – despite their rash of injuries, and after this win at Swansea, will be in good shape for those next two pivotal games.