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January 6, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 18848
D. Graham 87'
L. Podolski 81'
K. Gibbs 83'
So, it'll be a replay at the Emirates - and let's hope we get more of the same in that game. I've been Tom J Doyle (@TomJDoyle), and thanks for joining Goal.com for this fantastic clash. Stay with us for the match report, player ratings, reaction and more and have a great afternoon.
That's it! What a great FA Cup clash we've seen today, as Swansea snatch a late 2-2 draw after Arsenal thought they had come from behind to win it. We've seen a collection of great goals, even more chances, and the only disappointment is that it took 45 minutes to really get going.
90' + 5'
Well, Ki gives away an unnecessary free kick out wide on the right here - can Arsenal snatch this...no, as Vorm collects, and that should be that.
90' + 4'
Arsenal break and could win it here with a good move, but Wilshere can only find Flores with a slide rule pass. Poor from the midfielder, but Flores has rescued his side on more than one occasion today.
90' + 3'
What a second half we've seen here - it's moire than made up for a rather dull first 45 minutes, but can either side find a timely winner?
90' + 1'
Tiendalli almost scores! Graham steals the ball 25 yards out, and the forward cleverly feeds the defender on the right. He shapes up to cross but slips and almost puts it into the near side of the net with Szczesny committed to the potential cross. That would've been embarrassing for the keeper.
So close for Koscielny! The defender gets his head to a corner and Vorm does fantastically to get a strong hand to the ball to parry it. The rebound falls to the France centre-back, but he can only volley over from close range. My word...
Walcott has the ball in the net but Webb whsitled for a foul long before he nipped through and lifted the ball into the net. Place your bets for the final scoreline at your peril...
GRAHAM RESCUES SWANSEA!!! What a finish that is. Ki atones for his wasteful finish by calmly stroking the ball to the English striker at the back post, who lines up and curls a wonderful strike up and over Szczesny. What an end to this game we're seeing!
Szczesny saves from Ki! A free kick falls to him at the back post, but Szczesny punches the effort clear. The ball falls to Dyer, whose effort is blocked out for a corner...
Yellow CardKieran Gibbs
GIBBS PUTS ARSENAL AHEAD!!! Wow, what a turnaround. Swansea can't cope with the Gunners' movement, and the left-back plays a lovely one-two with Giroud before lashing in a stunning volley from the left to send the away fans into delirium. That is a truly fantastic goal.
PODOLSKI EQUALISES!!! The corner is only partially cleared and Koscielny turns the ball back into the area from 18 yards, and the German is on hand to clinically fire a great half-volley into the bottom right-hand corner of Vorm's net from 12 yards out. Completely deserved, and don't bet against them finding a winner now.
More frustration for the Gunners as Cazorla blasts the ball into the wall. But Swansea just cannot clear the ball and give away yet another corner...
Yellow CardKyle Bartley
Bartley absolutely scythes through Wilshere on the edge of the area and gets a deserved yellow, and this could be the moment Arsenal have been waiting for to level things up...
What a miss from Podolski! - but he's offside. It's all Arsenal and the ball bobbles around the area to the German striker, and he narrowly fires wide from six yards out. His blushes are spared by the assistant's flag, however, but Arsenal will only have themselves to balem if they are knocked out.
So close for Walcott! Michu flicks the ball back to his defenders through winning a tackle, but it runs through to the England striker, who is through on goal. He really should score, but drags his shot just wide of Vorm's right-hand post from 12 yards out on the left. What a chance.
Oh dear Olivier Giroud - Cazorla finds him completely free on the right of the box, but a lead touch lets him down and the chance is wasted. Really, really poor from the Frenchman, when even an average touch would have set him for a clear strike at goal.
Sagna does well to beat his man on the right but can't pick out a pass with team-mates waiting in the centre. Their build-up play has been wonderful at times, but the lack of a killer pass or steely finish has really let the Gunners down today.
Sagna plays a hopeless ball straight out for a goal kick, and that's the end of Ramsey's game as Lukas Podolski makes his first FA Cup appearance.
Arsenal press once more but Vorm is there to yet again claim a cross. It must be disheartening for Gunners fans who have seen their side play excellently for the last 25 minutes, but are somehow a goal behind. That's the power of the Michu...
Now it's Wilshere's turn to shoot, but he can only drag his 20-yard effort wide of Vorm's left-hand post. The Gunners are not giving up on this one, but they'll have to be more clinical in front of goal.
Giroud wastes a great chance here after fine work by Ramsey on the left. The Wales player twists and turns and swings in a fine left-footed cross, and the striker should level things with a free header. However, he gets it all wrong and nods it wide of Vorm's net. Poor.
Swansea look far more confident with Michu on. Graham and the Spaniard combine to set up Hernandez, who works the ball along the edge of the area before attempting a chip to the back post, which Szczesny holds on to.
Sagna gives away a free kick for a high boot on the edge of his area, but Ki can't find a good delivery. Arsenal swarm forward and Gibbs is in the area, but Tiendalli makes a superb recovery challenge to deny the left-back.
Arsene Wenger will be livid with his players. They've started the half fantastically well, but find themselves behind after a moment of madness at the back. And it's that man Michu again who has made them pay.
MICHU SCORES!!! He's been on for less than a minute but he's already the main man. The Spaniard takes a beautiful touch on the volley to set himself clean through on goal from 40 yards. He still has a lot to do with a bouncing ball, but somehow manages to find a cute finish past Wojciech Szczesny to put the Swans ahead. What an impact!
Jonathan De Guzmán
Yes, Michu is on for the hosts, as is Pablo Hernandez. Jonathan De Guzman and Wayne Routledge have been replaced...
Giroud has had more shots on target in the first 10 minutes of this half than Arsenal managed in the whole of the last half. Swansea need to change things up - and look who's coming on...
Giroud's header is saved by Vorm! They're battling now as the Frenchman flashes a header at goal, but it's too close to the Dutchman who gets down well to parry away. The forward is down injured and receiving treatment now though.
It's all Arsenal as Giroud sees an effort blocked away in the area - it's getting tasty out there...
Now then, is Ramsey clipped by Tiendalli in the box here? No - replays show the Welshman actually trips himself up as the Swansea defender runs across him - great call from Webb.
Vorm saves from Giroud! Arsenal break with good passes from Ramsey and Cazorla, and Walcott threads Giroud through on the left of the area. The striker opts for power rather than placement on his left foot and lashes an effort straight at the keeper. Decent effort but perhaps more finesse could have opened the scoring.
Ramsey's almost in here as Giroud beautifully takes down a wild Swansea clearance in the area before feeding the Welshman, but the youngster is once again denied by sound defending. Swansea need to wake up here.
Giroud wallops an effort high and wide of Vorm's goal now, and turns away in disgust. Poor from the France striker.
Gibbs is in acres of space on the left but waits, and waits, and waits before eventually lofting a cross straight into Vorm's arms, much to Walcott's chagrin.
We're off again at the Liberty Stadium. Will either manager risk it all today and go for the victory, or could we be heading back to the Emirates for a replay?
Let's hope the second 45 minutes are a little more enthralling, for fan and neutral alike. With the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Michu sitting on either bench, there could well be late goals in this one, so watch this space...
Well, it's been an industrious half full of possession football and intensity, but there have been precious few chances to tell the truth. Danny Graham forced a fine stop for Wojciech Szczensy, Aaron Ramsey almost found an opener but took too long to shoot, and Santi Cazorla fired wastefully over. That's about it really.
Arsenal try to counter but the ball runs out for a throw-in, and there's no injury time whatsoever - that's the break!
Cazorla lines up an effort from 25 yards, but his low strike is comfortably saved by Vorm. Despite Arsenal's high-tempo approach, that's the first save the home keeper has had to make.
Walcott is drifting all across the front line now and Sagna seems to have adopted the role of right winger today. It could be a tough ask as the game wears on though with Swansea's ability to break at pace.
Ki lays Wilshere out with a late tackle, but Howard Webb seems to want to keep a lid on this one at the moment and the South Korean escapes a booking.
Walcott is free on the left here and looks to break into the centre, but is superbly stopped by Flores. The Spaniard is having a great game so far.
Laudrup's side have really upped the tempo here and are getting down the right flank well. Tiendalli has time and space on the wing but can only thump a disappointing cross straight at an opponent, but the Swans continue to surge forward.
Bartley hits the bar! The free kick flies into the area and the right-back beats Per Mertesacker in the air, but can only find Szczesny's bar. Great leap from the Swans player, and he's unlucky not to open the scoring.
Ramsey gives away a silly free kick and is booked for his troubles. Can the Swans find a good delivery from the right?
Yellow CardAaron Ramsey
Cazorla really should test Vorm here as Gibbs finds him with a neat cut-back from the left wing, but the Spaniard can only side-foot the finish high from around 12 yards. Wasteful from a player with such technique.
Ben Davies get down the left flank and crosses well for the hosts, but he can't find a team-mate and De Guzman can't keep the ball in after Dyer looks for space to shoot. Promising forward play though.
Ramsey could and perhaps should have taken a shot with his left foot, but in switching it onto his favoured right he gave the Swansea defence valuable time to recover. That was a big chance for the Welshman to silence the home crowd's jeers.
So close for Ramsey! Arsenal work the ball into the area from the left, and Wilshere dummies the ball to send the Wales international through. He twists past one challenge but is vitally blocked as he looks to unleash a finish, with the ball rolling to Vorm.
Ki looks for De Guzman's run in between Gibbs and Koscielny, but the ball isn't accurate enough. Still, both sides aren't afraid to try and pick the lock today.
Great move from Arsenal as they put together a string of impressive passes, but Arteta can't quite get through to open the scoring for the Gunners.
De Guzman plays another gorgeous ball out to Dyer on the right, and although the winger cant get away from the Arsenal defence, it's another example of how careful the visitors must be whenever the Swans midfielder is on the ball.
Walcott tries to fool the Swansea defence as he looks to go underneath the wall, but it simply hits off the defenders and is cleared. Wenger looks furious on the touchline, especially given the dead ball talents of Mikel Arteta.
Walcott flies at goal again after Leon Britton was dispossessed by Wilshere, and Flores brings the 23-year-old down to give away a free kick in a great area. The centre-back was lucky to escape a yellow card there...
Arsenal should do better here with Walcott driving at goal, who feeds Giroud on the left. The ball eventually finds it way back to the England forward, who shapes to curl an effort into the far corner, but Flores is out well to block.
Swansea have a corner as Dyer and Routledge fly down the left wing before Sagna did well to recover his position. It's been an entertaining start with little in the way of clear-cut chances so far save for Graham's effort.
The visitors almost steal the ball in a dangerous position but Bartley shows some classy skill to fashion space and the danger passes. Wenger's side are pressing high up the pitch though, presumably to hurry Swansea's buildup play.
Vorm comes to collect another free kick - Arsenal haven't threatened in the air, but they can't keep giving away so many free kicks in their own half.
Graham is denied by Szczensy! Bartley finds him with a great long ball from right-back, and the striker takes a great first touch before firing in a half-volley from the edge of the area, which is punched away well by the Poland goalkeeper. Lovely stuff all round there.
Wilshere floats another free kick into the Swansea area but Vorm does well to come and collect. The Netherlands goalkeeper's return is great news for the Swans...
Giroud releases Walcott on the right but the England forward's cross doesn't find anybody in the middle. The contract rebel can certainly play out wide, but it'll be interesting to see how often he drifts inside considering his fine goalscoring form through the centre.
De Guzman finds Dyer on the right with a fine through-ball, but the winger's cross is headed away well by Sagna in the centre. Good defending by the right-back, but that's a warning from the hosts.
Swansea have settled a little more now, but it's rare to see them have so little of the ball at home. Arsenal are content to keep the ball for the moment and search for gaps though.
The Gunners almost find an opener as the free kick is delivered into a dangerous area, but the Swans manage to scramble it away for a corner. Dangerous times for the home side, but the danger passes.
Jack Wilshere wins a free kick 40 yards from goal, and Arsenal have had the ball practically the entire game so far. Impressive start, but they haven't been near Vorm's net...
We're underway at the Liberty Stadium, and it's Arsenal doing the early pressing, keeping the ball well and looking assured.
The teams are out, the crowd are in fine voice, and we're all set for what could be an FA Cup classic...
We're about five minutes away from kick-off, and if the recent Premier League game between the sides is anything to go by, we should see plenty of impressive passing moves today. Here's hoping the game lives up to its billing.
Arsene Wenger meanwhile rests Thomas Vermaelen, with Per Mertesacker being restored to the defence. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both start in an imposing attacking line-up for the away side.
So, the main news is that Michu is on the bench for the Swans, which will give the Gunners a lift seeing as he scored both goals against them in shock 2-0 Premier League victory at the Emirates in December - can the home side cope with his predatory instincts?
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere; Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla. Subs: Martinez, Vermaelen, Santos, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski.
Swansea starting XI: Vorm; Tiendalli, Chico, Bartley, Davies; Britton, De Guzman, Ki; Routledge, Graham, Dyer. Subs: Tremmel, Michu, Hernandez, Monk, Schechter, Rangel, Agustien.
Good afternoon, I'm Tom J Doyle (@TomJDoyle) and welcome to the Goal.com LIVE commentary of the FA Cup third round clash between Swansea and Arsenal. We're around 20 minutes away from kick-off now, so let's get cracking with some team news...
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