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Short corner taken by Santi Cazorla.
Jack Wilshere decides to take the corner short.
Shot from just outside the area by Santi Cazorla misses to the right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Olivier Giroud. Chico takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.
A goal is scored by Jack Wilshere from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Swansea.Olivier Giroud provided the assist for the goal.
Francis Coquelin fouled by Dwight Tiendalli, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Wilshere delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Kyle Bartley.
Shot from 12 yards from Olivier Giroud. Blocked by Dwight Tiendalli.
Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line played to the near post, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Blocked by Dwight Tiendalli.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Aaron Ramsey replaces Vassiriki Diaby.
Per Mertesacker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Pablo Hernandez takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Bacary Sagna, Header by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Header from close in by Chico misses to the right of the goal.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Bacary Sagna makes a save.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.
Jack Wilshere takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ashley Richards.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.
Shot from just outside the box by Bacary Sagna goes over the bar.
Miguel Michu is brought on as a substitute for Danny Graham.
Effort from the edge of the area by Theo Walcott goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Kyle Bartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Direct free kick taken by Santi Cazorla.
The official flags Pablo Hernandez offside. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Britton.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Danny Graham gets a block in.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.
Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line played to the near post, Dwight Tiendalli makes a clearance.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Blocked by Chico.
Sung-Yeung Ki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan de Guzman.
Pablo Hernandez comes on in place of Kemy Agustien.
Corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott, Header from close in by Olivier Giroud misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Graham.
Short corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the left by-line.
The referee blows for offside. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.
Olivier Giroud has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Effort on goal by Santi Cazorla from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Santi Cazorla fouled by Ashley Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Santi Cazorla takes the direct free kick.
Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Olivier Giroud. Chico takes the indirect free kick.
Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.
Corner taken by Theo Walcott, Chico manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Gibbs on Ashley Richards. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Theo Walcott, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Dwight Tiendalli.
Jonathan de Guzman delivers a pass corner to short.
Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman. Chico restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line.
Jack Wilshere is caught offside. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.
Kyle Bartley is adjudged to have handled the ball. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Theo Walcott from left wing.
Nathan Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Francis Coquelin. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.
Kyle Bartley takes a shot.
Ashley Richards fouled by Kieran Gibbs, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman crosses the ball in from the free kick, Francis Coquelin makes a clearance.
Francis Coquelin takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, Chico manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Chico on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Thomas Vermaelen produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Leon Britton, free kick awarded. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.
Danny Graham produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Wayne Routledge challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ashley Richards.
Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Ashley Richards gets a block in.
Wayne Routledge is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Coquelin by Jonathan de Guzman. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Shot by Olivier Giroud from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, Header from close range by Olivier Giroud misses to the right of the goal.
Nathan Dyer is caught offside. Thomas Vermaelen takes the indirect free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Danny Graham misses to the right of the target.
Vermaelen still focused on cup success
Captain Thomas Vermaelen is adamant Arsenal can still achieve their FA Cup "destiny" as they prepare to take on Swansea in a third-round replay at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners were lambasted as "timid" by manager Arsene Wenger after going down 2-0 at home to Manchester City as their Barclays Premier League ambitions suffered another setback on Sunday.
However, with a fourth-round tie at npower Championship side Brighton awaiting the winners of the tie, hopes of ending an eight-year trophy drought could well be rekindled if Arsenal can find their form against the Swans.
Vermaelen was an unused substitute at the Liberty Stadium last weekend, but the Belgian centre-back saw enough from his side's showing in the 2-2 draw - when they had fought back well to lead going into the final three minutes - to be confident of a positive conclusion.
"Looking at the Swansea game in its entirety, I think we deserved to win. We had plenty of chances and I don't think anybody could have complained if we had gone through to the next round," Vermaelen said.
"At 2-1 up that late in the game, you would like to see it through. It is never nice to concede in the final few minutes, but we will look forward to the replay and feel that our FA Cup destiny lies in our own hands."
Swansea could yet be heading to Wembley in the Capital One Cup, having beaten Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first-leg of their semi-final. In the other tie, npower League Two side Bradford - who had knocked out Arsenal on penalties in the previous round - also pulled off a shock 3-1 home win over Aston Villa.
Vermaelen feels teams can no longer view any matches as walkovers.
"Last week's results are just further evidence that the level in England is constantly rising," Vermaelen added in the official Arsenal matchday magazine.
"The lower teams, if you can call them that any more, are drawing closer to the top.
"They all have strong, athletic players who give you a tough time.
"There are not any easy games in the Premier League nowadays. The standard is going up and up, whomever you are playing against."
With a trip to Chelsea on Sunday, Arsenal could certainly have done without a replay, where they will be without defender Laurent Koscielny after his red card against City and injured midfielder Mikel Arteta.
Wenger felt his men paid a heavy price for not closing out the tie after they had recovered from going behind to Michu's goal just before the hour.
"After going 2-1 up I felt we were a bit too nervous in some situations and lacked defensive serenity," he said.
"Hopefully this will change and we will gain some more confidence defensively."
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup hopes his side's excellent record in London can extend.
The Swans have lost just once in five visits to the capital so far this season, and have racked up notable victories at the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge.
The Welsh club head back to the home of the Gunners after a 2-2 draw at the first attempt at the Liberty Stadium.
The 1-0 defeat at Tottenham last month is the only blot on their copybook in the capital, with the other four games ending in wins over QPR, Arsenal, Fulham and Chelsea.
That improvement in away form has helped Laudrup's side to a run of just two defeats in their last 17 games in all competitions, and the Dane is hoping for more of the same when they meet an Arsenal side without the injured Mikel Arteta and suspended Laurent Koscielny.
He said: "I like London, we have only lost to Tottenham there.
"We have done really well there and it's also more than two months where we have only lost two games, and apart from those two the last defeat was to Manchester City, the Premier League champions, away.
"This gives us a lot of confidence which is important because when you make changes and people come in, they fit in and feel that confidence.
"I feel now that most of the squad feel they are an important part of the team."
Laudrup is likely to again make changes to his side in the midst of a hectic January schedule, but will have to do without new signing Roland Lamah, who has joined on an 18-month loan from Osasuna.
The 25-year-old winger cannot play as he was not registered at the time of the original tie.
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