Swansea 3 Arsenal 1
Clucas 34, 86 J Ayew 61, Monreal 33

If Arsenal play again like this away from home, then sadly the result will be a sorry conclusion. That was the case at the Liberty Stadium, when having taken the lead through Nacho Monreal, the Gunners’s contrived to concede an immediate leveller as Sam Clucas struck, and then two goals of almost comical proportions doomed the Gunners. The season of giving was alive and well in Wales last night as firstly Petr Cech was left to attempt to clear a horrendous back pass from Shkodrn Mustafi, enabling Jordan Ayew to get a gift of a goal, and then Laurent Koscielny was beaten as Clucas stole in for his second of the night. The night started so well on a wet and wild Wales night when Mesut Özil picked out Nacho Monreal at the far post to half volley home. Henrikh Mkhitaryan made a second half substitutes appearance replacing Alex Iwobi, but even his introduction wasn’t enough to save Arsenal’s embarrassment.

Arsene Wenger can’t have seen many games as por as this, where his players just failed to show up. But he would reason that they were up against a time fighting for their top flight life.

“I would say Swansea won decisive duels offensively and defensively, which is what we didn’t do. On top of that we made unusual, massive mistakes, that was the killer. They have a kind of game that gives you problems because they play very deep, very disciplined and that’s why I think the turning point of this game was when we were 1-0 up. [We were] absolutely guilty to concede the goal straight away, we have no rational explanation for the way we gave away the goal straight away. They were happy with the 1-1, it was down to not making a mistake, but overall we were not convincing offensively or defensively and in the end we lost the game.”

Perhaps the side were distracted with talk of Aubameyang’s imminent arrival, and perhaps, the Premier League should re-schedule games away from transfer deadline day. Either way, the Gunners seemed more than just a bit distracted.

Wenger was seething with the manner of Swnasea’s leveller and why his players didn’t deal with the sitiatuon.

” I was angry because there was no need to let the ball go out in the throw-in. We had the ball and we could play straight away. When you have a throw-in for you it’s nine against 10 on the pitch, why should you put a handicap like that on your own team? We can play the ball and attack straight away,” fumed Wenger.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this game were, and there were more wrongs than rights as far as Arsenal were concerned, this was another game when the Gunners’ inability to hold onto a lead ultimately cost them. They have lost 15 points from winning positions this season and that is simply not good enough.

” It’s amazing because we have as well won 14 by being behind, but what is for sure is that tonight they won the more decisive duels at that level and offensively we didn’t win anything, defensively we lost too many duels to have a chance to win the game.

” Maybe after a while it becomes a confidence problem as well, but overall it’s easy to put it down to confidence and tonight it’s very difficult to find a rational explanation behind our performance.

“Well, you can always explain defeats by that you know. What I meant by that was that in decisive moments we have been beaten. Especially the first goal, the second goal, the third goal… you cannot say they were absolutely unstoppable. At our level you need to win the decisive fights.