Swansea City 0 Arsenal 4
Giroud 37, Cork og 54 Naughton og 67, Alexis 73

Arsenal routed a desperately struggling Swansea City side at the Liberty stadium. Man of the moment, Olivier Giroud opened the scoring eight minutes before half time finishing past Lukasz Fabianski from Mesu Özil’s blocked header. Nine minutes after the break, the Gunners doubled their advantage courtesy of Jack Cork’s own goal after some good work from Alex Iwobi. Former Spurs man Kyle Naughton then netted past his own keeper after more good work from Iwobi, with Alexis rounding off the rout with a strong shot after 73 minutes. Giroud has now scored five in his last five Arsenal starts, and Arsenal have scored the most away goals, 27, which is five more than any other side. Having gained a solitary point from their last three games on the road, this away win will be welcomed by Arsene Wenger and his side who look to maintain their title push.

Ozil’s return was good news for Wenger who had fit again Danny Welbeck back following an eight month injury lay off. Lucas Perez was also on the bench, while Mohamed Eleneny was away with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Swans early high pressing game was causing early concern to the Gunners’ defence, as new boss Paul Clement looks to steer his side away from the drop zone. Gylfi Sigurdsson was involved in a move which enabled Naughton to force Petr Cech into making a memorable first half save, but Arsenal would eventually keep Swansea at bay.

When Aaron Ramsey’s right sided cross just eluded Giroud for a tap in, Alexis kept the move alive and crossed for Özil from the left. The German’s header came back deflected into the path of Giroud who struck into the roof of the net past Fabianski. The France striker appeared to have picked up a knock in scoring the goal, but as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain prepared to come on, the Arsenal striker recovered to make it to half time.

One bit of first half controversy when the home side thought they had been awarded a penalty. Ki Sung -Yueng appeared to be caught by Laurent Koscielny’s outstretched leg. However the South Korean was shown a yellow card for simulation and replays suggested there was no contact from the Arsenal defender and that the decision for diving was a correct one.

Following the restart, Iwobi wasted no time in bamboozling the Swans defence on the right. He shaped to shoot, then delayed, and then shot to see the ball loop over Fabianksi off Cork for 2-0 scoreline. The Gunners were in control and Swansea seemed to fear the worse. Iwobi was in the mood and this time from the left, he teased the white shirted defenders. From the left, he fizzed the ball dangerously along the Swans back line and Naughton looked on in horror as his final touch deflected the ball past Fabianski.

As is his way, Alexis had been working hard with and without the ball. A first half shot had been held by Fabianski, but the Chile striker would get his reward in the second half. Substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed to cause more confusion in the Swansea defence. Ramsey bundled the ball back again and there was Alexis to strike a Gunners fourth.

The win rounded off a thoroughly well deserved away win and one which saw Welbeck get on for the last 20 minutes. Next up for Wenger’s side as Arsenal host Burnley with Wenger’s side looking to maintain their winning ways.