Swansea 0 Arsenal 3

Arsenal kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City with a ruthless second-half dismantling of Swansea City. Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis squandered the best chance of an entertaining but goalless first half. Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal in front soon after the restart, before Laurent Koscielny seized on an error by former Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to double their lead. Joel Campbell struck on his first Premier League start to seal victory and keep Arsenal, missing several key players because of injury, level on points with Manchester City, who have a superior goal difference. For Swansea, the result is a setback after ending a six-game winless run against Aston Villa in their previous outing.

Having had to withstand concerted Swansea pressure in the first half, Arsenal were transformed after the interval as they strolled to a convincing victory. They had failed to win any of their previous three meetings with the Swans, but Arsene Wenger’s side produced a clinical second 45 minutes which suggested they could sustain a serious title challenge. France international Giroud made the breakthrough with his fifth goal in six games for club and country, nodding in unmarked from Mesut Ozil’s corner to score the 2,000th goal of Wenger’s Arsenal tenure. Having had to withstand concerted Swansea pressure in the first half, Arsenal were transformed after the interval as they strolled to a convincing victory. They had failed to win any of their previous three meetings with the Swans, but Arsene Wenger’s side produced a clinical second 45 minutes which suggested they could sustain a serious title challenge.

France international Giroud made the breakthrough with his fifth goal in six games for club and country, nodding in unmarked from Mesut Ozil’s corner to score the 2,000th goal of Wenger’s Arsenal tenure. Arsenal’s second-half stroll was particularly impressive considering Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott were added to their growing injury list during Tuesday’s abject 3-0 League Cup defeat by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. The shock of that loss was particularly jolting, coming as it did after victories over Everton and Bayern Munich. But the pain of defeat was perhaps less severe than the headache caused by those injuries, with Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky already out. Their absence paved the way for Campbell’s first Premier League start, and the Costa Rican took his opportunity as he fired in firmly from Ozil’s cross to add a final gloss to Arsenal’s victory.

Arsenal have 25 points after 11 games played and are in 2nd place behind Manchester City due to goal difference. The Gunners will not have much time to celebrate this result ahead of a huge week for them. They travel to Germany for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League game at Bayern Munich, then host Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium on 8 November.

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