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January 15, 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 20409
S. Sinclair 16'
N. Dyer 58'
D. Graham 70'
R. van Persie 5'
T. Walcott 69'
90' + 4'
Michael Oliver calls time and what a win for Swansea! Nine years ago today Arsenal were top of the Premier League and the Swans were bottom of the old Division Three but they have been more than a match for Arsene Wenger's men and fully deserve their victory.
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
The Swans make a late change as they look to eat up some time, Danny Graham, who may well have won this game for Swansea, is replaced by Leroy Lita.
90' + 2'
Henry drops deep to pick the ball up and runs unchallenged through midfield before feeding van Persie who looks to turn Rangel but the Spaniard holds firm and tackles well.
Can Swansea weather the storm as injury time arrives? Van Persie's free-kick is headed away by Williams and the Gunners cannot force the ball home as four additional minutes are announced.
Rosicky again going close after running through the midfield and hitting a stinging drive from the edge of the area which is palmed away by Vorm, Koscielny is lurking and hits an acrobatic effort but cannot worry the Dutch stopper.
Oxlade-Cahmberlain playing without fear and gets away from Routledge down the left before hitting a deep cross which finds Rosicky who hits a volley from a wide angle which goes over the bar.
Incredible passing from Swansea sees Rangel, Routledge and Allen work some beautiful triangles inside their own half to ease the pressure on their backline despite Walcott and Henry snapping for the ball.
Arsenal really pushing forward now, a spell of pressure on the edge of Swansea's area is worked to Djourou whose whipped cross from the right is flicked goalwards by Ramsey but right into Vorm's arms.
Swansea introduce some fresh legs on to the field with Wayne Routledge replacing Nathan Dyer who receives a well-earned standing ovation from the home fans.
Swansea go close to a fourth on the break, Song has moved back into defence and his presence in midfield is missed as Sinclair bursts through the middle and feeds Graham in a similar position from which he scored but he opts not to shoot and instead squares for Rangel but Djourou is on hand to clear.
Last throw of the dice for Arsene Wenger who brings on young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Per Mertesacker.
The game hasn't really changed much despite the two goals, Arsenal are still on top as they search for another equaliser and Henry is gradually becoming more influential.
Arsenal go close! Van Persie sends a corner over form the right, Song just misses a header but it's chaos in the box as both sides scramble for the ball which falls to Mertesacker but the big German defender scuffs his effort well wide.
A THIRD FOR SWANSEA! Unbelieveable stuff here! immediately from the kick-off the Swans go on the attack with Allen surging through midfield before playing the ball ahead of Graham who advances on goal and hits a great shot into the corner as Szczesny advances.
ARSENAL EQUALISE! Djourou steps out of defence and plays Walcott through with a lovely through-ball, the Swans defence switch off and Walcott is through on goal and dinks superbly over Vorm.
Arsenal stepping up their game now and looking to dominate the game as they search for an equaliser, Swansea are defending superbly however.
Arsenal's subs getting straight into the game as Henry and Van Persie combine to find Rosicky 25 yards from goal and the Czech midfielder hits a curling effort that goes wide with Vorm scrambling across goal.
It's a double substitution for Arsenal, Tomas Rosicky replaces Benayoun and Thierry Henry returns to the Premier League replacing the poor Andrey Arshavin.
Opening for Swansea again and once again Dyer is the source, as he skins Miquel before hitting an angled ball into the box towards Graham, the Swans man wins a corner and just misses a header from Sigurdsson's delivery, a third looks liekly here for the Swans but Arsenal are set to make a change...
Arsenal are on the rack here, Ramsey has the ball inside his own box and with team-mates screaming for him to clear it he plays the ball to Miquel who can only hit a weak clearance to Allen, the Swansea midfielder looks to find Dyer but Koscielny intercepts but the Frenchman also fails to clear, giving away a corner which the home side cannot capitalise from.
AND SWANSEA SCORE!! Allen nips the ball away from Ramsey in the Arsenal half and immediately switches the ball to Nathan Dyer on the edge of the area who controls the ball before lashing it past Szczesny for his third goal in three games!
The Swans again find themselves on top in this game, the Gunners are still to get a hold on Dyer who is dominating Miquel who is receiving very little help on his flank from Arshavin.
The game has restarted at break neck speed, Arsenal look to Miquel again down the left but the Spaniard chips his cross over Van Persie in the centre before Swansea fly up the field through Dyer and Sinclair's pace before Sinclair feeds Allen who flashes a shot wide.
Swansea's turn to attack as Dyer's cross is played away by Koscielny for a croner, Sigurdsson takes the set-piece which is again hit deep, Allen manages to keep the ball in and finds Dyer who jinks away from Djourou on the edge of the box and hits a dipping effort over the bar.
The Gunners continue to threaten, Walcott runs down the right before looking infield to Ramsey who switches the ball into the path of the oncoming Arshavin but the Russian's first-time effort is high wide and not at all handsome.
Ramsey very nearly puts Szczesny under pressure with a short back-pass but the Pole deals with it well and clears, Arsenal work the ball to Arshavin who sends Miquel away down the left and the youngster sends a magnificent cross right across the Swan's six-yard line but no-one able to get on the end of it.
The players are out for the second half and Arsenal get us back underway! The home side have made a change at half-time with Gylfi Sigurdsson replacing Agustien to make his Swansea debut.
Immediate chance for Arsenal as Van Persie sends Walcott away who shows his trademark pace to get away from Neil Taylor but hits his shot over the bar.
45' + 3'
And that's half-time! An entertaining first 45 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, with the Swans arguably looking the more dangerous of the sides for much of the first half. Arsene Wenger will surely be considering introducing Thierry Henry as the Gunners look to impose themselves on the game.
45' + 2'
A couple of half-chances for Arsenal as time runs out, Song scoops the ball over the Swans' backline to Walcott but he cannot get the ball under control and Williams clears, the ball is then worked to Arshavin but the Russian hits a dreadful attempted pass out of play with no team-mates anywhere near.
Arsenal have put together a little spell of possession here at the end of the first-half as they look to end the period strongly. Miquel earns a free-kick which Arshavin whips in from the left but Vorm claims well.
Swansea nearly shoot themselves in the foot again as Williams passes straight to Walcott but the England winger can't put Ramsey through and Caulker clears.
Williams hits a sensational 40-yard cross field ball to Dyer who controls the ball immediately and cuts inside Miquel into the box but is left-footed strike is straight at Szczesny.
The home side really are committed to their passing style which has been very successful so far but there is danger of them losing the ball in dangerous positions, Caulker is caught out by Ramsey in his own half but Arsenal fail to capitalise.
Swansea again with the attacking momentum, Sinclair spins brilliantly away from Djourou and neat play from Allen and Dyer ends up with Rangel putting a cross over which causes some confusion in the Arsenal penalty area before Agustien blocks Mertesacker's attempted clearance out.
And now Swansea go close! Allen's free-kick from the right is hit deep again but Williams manages to get on the end of it and hit a header over Szczesny but Miquel is on hand to hack the ball off the line.
Great chance for Arsenal! Just as you write them off they hit you! Arshavin finds Benayoun in midfield who sees Van Persie in acres of space and plays his captain through who is in one-on-one with Vorm and the Swans' keeper keeps out his fellow countryman's weak effort
It's the Gunners who are now struggling to get a foothold in the game, stray passes and loose touches are disrupting their rhythmn and Van Persie has barely had a touch since his goal.
A short corner routine for Swansea looks to have failed as Allen is tackled by Benayoun on the edge of the box but Dyer hits a great ball first-time to Sinclair but he can only scoop a left-footed cross out of play, much to his own disappointment.
Both sides are playing some lovely stuff but the Swans are looking threatening at every turn, Mertesacker and particularly Koscielny are dealing well with the home side, however.
It's real end to end stuff now, Swansea break through Allen and Dyer who is again fouled by Ramsey, Agustien lines up a 30 yard free-kick which goes for a corner with Allen's whipped ball in headed away by Mertesacker.
Arsenal very nearly go up the other end and re-take the lead, Ramsey dances his way into the box and rounds Vorm but his acute cross is deflected back into the Dutchman's arms by Rangel.
Penalty GoalScott Sinclair
AND WE'RE ALL LEVEL AGAIN!! Scott Sinclair hits his fourth penalty of the season, Szczesny dives the right way but cannot keep the ball out, Sinclair has scored in all of Swansea's home wins this season, could they be on the way to another?
Penalty to Swansea! Sinclaie sends Allen away down the left hand side and his cross finds Dyer who twists and turns and is felled by Ramsey, Sinclair to take...
Good work from Dyer who refuses to give up a lost cause and pressure's Koscielny into a poor clearance, Swansea are awarded a free-kick as Benayoun handles Rangel's cross but Allen hits his free-kick too deep and the ball loops out of play for a goal-kick
And that's better from the home side, Sinclair takes the ball forward nearly 50 yards with Djourou trailing in his wake and looks to slip Dyer into the area but the former Chelsea youngster's through-ball is jsut too long and Szczesny claims.
Van Persie's goal has stunned the Liberty Stadium Crowd into near silence and the Swans will have to work hard to get themselves back into this game.
Taylor fouls Ramsey down the right flank but Van Persie's free-kick delivery is poor and drifts over everyone and out for a goal-kick.
GoalRobin van Persie
ARSENAL TAKE THE LEAD!! It's Van Persie again! Arshavin drifts inside to pull the strings for the Gunners and slips a perfect through ball to Van Persie who gets into the box and takes his time faced with Caulker before slamming the ball right-footed past Vorm at his near post.
The Swans look threatening early on, Kemi Agustien surges powerfully through midfield before hitting a 25-yard effort wide of Wojciech Szczesny's post
Referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle and Swansea gets us underway here!
The teams are out here at the Liberty Stadium with kick-off just moments away.
Gylfi Sigurdsson starts on the bench for Swansea, the former Reading man is on-loan from Hoffenheim and could make his Premier League debut this afternoon.
Thierry Henry will have to wait on the substitutes bench before making his Premier League return, Mikel Arteta is missing from the Gunners' midfield due to a calf injury with Yossi Benayoun given a chance to shine.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Miquel; Song, Ramsey, Benayoun, Walcott, Arshavin; Van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Yennaris, Squillaci, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henry, Park.
Swansea City: Vorm; Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor; Britton, Allen, Agustien, Dyer, Sinclair; Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Richards, Siggurdson, Routledge, Moore, Lita
A very good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Swansea vs. Arsenal from the Liberty Stadium. The Swans have picked up 17 of their 23 Premier League points at home this season and will hoping to pull off an upset here.
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