Arsenal 2 Swansea City 1
Kolasinac 51, Ramsey 58, Clucas 22

After the midweek heroics came more of the humdrum, and a record win. Eddie Nketiah might be the player all Arsenal fans want to see right now, and amid speculation that he’d be on the substitutes bench, he was nowhere to be seen when Arsenal met Swansea City at the Emirates stadium. The same could actually be said of the Gunners’s defence, who were prised apart with the Swans first attack. Sam Clucas couldn’t believe his luck as he ran the back-tracking red shirts before finishing beyond Petr Cech. Chasing the game, the Gunners seemed lack lustre and bereft of ideas as the visitors sat deep to defend their lead. That all changed after the break, when Sead Kolasinac’s pile-driver stung the fingertips of Lukasz Fabianki for the Gunners to draw level with his first Premier League goal.

Confidence suitably restored, Arsenal began to play their game and no surprises when Aaron Ramsey placed his shot following Kolasinac’s cushioned pass from Granit Xhaka, to double his side’s tally and one which would go on to claim all three points for the London side. Ramsey has now scored 50 goals, and the victory was also a suitable celebration for Arsene Wenger, the Gunners’ boss having now notched up his 800th Premier League fixture.

Going in a goal down at half time and Wenger knew he had to adjust matters.

” At half-time, I could be worried because we were 1-0 down and I knew that Swansea had conceded only one away goal the whole season. For us it was important to play quicker, sharper, with more penetration, changing sides quicker and putting them more under pressure, which we did in the second half. In the first half, we looked dominating but a bit laboured, too slow in our game, said Wenger. ”

The Arsenal boss would have had even more to do had Jordan Ayew also found the target in the first half. Per Mertersacker was caught by Ayew, then muscled off the ball before Cech saved to deny the Swansea man. Had that home in, the subdued nature inside the Emirates stadium would have sunk even lower as they witnessed the Gunners’ first choice front trio of Alexis, Mesut Özil and Alexandre Lacazette fail to get the better of a very deep defending Swansea. Lukasz Fabianski produced an excellent reflex save from Alexis, but the former Arsenal keeper could do nothing to keep out second half strikes from Kolasinac and Ramsey.

Powerful, skilful and determined, Kolasinac has become and instant Arsenal cult hero. Scoring in the Community Shield win against Chelsea didn’t hurt the powerful Bosnian who Wenger secured won a free transfer in the summer.

“We know that Seo has so much quality in attack, just as he does defensively,” said Xhaka “His goal and assist were crucial for the team and we hope he continues to perform like that. We make it easy for him, he was accepted instantly and we knew already how strong he is.

“That he’s that dangerous in front of goal, we didn’t see so often in Germany! But it’s going well here in England and we’re pleased to have him.”

The win means that Arsenal are now thirteen games unbeaten at the Emirates in all competitions, and that is a new record since the move from Highbury in 2006,