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  • Date:10 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,087
  • Arshavin (39)
Goal!

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93:12 +3.12

Luke Moore is adjudged to have handled the ball. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

92:52 +2.52

Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

91:19 +1.19

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower. Shot from close range by Danny Graham clears the bar.

90:30 +0.30

Corner taken short by Scott Sinclair. Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

88:05

Stephen Dobbie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

86:23

Luke Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.

86:05

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

84:11

Foul by Mark Gower on Francis Coquelin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Francis Coquelin.

83:16

Nathan Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Moore.

82:30

Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

80:07

Mikel Arteta has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post. Robin van Persie leaves the field to be replaced by Marouane Chamakh.

79:18

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.

78:25

Unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Francis Coquelin results in a free kick. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.

77:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Stephen Dobbie. Booking for Mikel Arteta for unsporting behaviour. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.

73:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Nathan Dyer. Francis Coquelin on for Emmanuel Frimpong. (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Stephen Dobbie coming on for Joe Allen. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.

67:04

Foul by Steven Caulker on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Steven Caulker goes into the referee's book. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, comfortable save by Michel Vorm.

65:07

Danny Graham has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

63:09

Mark Gower comes on in place of Kemy Agustien.

61:45

Yossi Benayoun replaces Andrey Arshavin.

58:41

Robin van Persie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

57:29

Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

55:53

Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from the edge of the box striking the post.

53:42

Per Mertesacker challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kemy Agustien restarts play with the free kick.

52:06

Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Laurent Koscielny booked. Scott Sinclair produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick,

51:11

Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the right of the goal.

48:09

Foul by Theo Walcott on Neil Taylor, free kick awarded. The referee shows Theo Walcott a yellow card. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.

47:42 +2.42

Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Gibbs.

46:55 +1.55

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

45:19 +0.19

Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

42:47

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

39:50

Andrey Arshavin scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Swansea.

39:39

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

37:44

Corner taken by Kemy Agustien from the right by-line.

34:56

Corner taken right-footed by Kemy Agustien. Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Bacary Sagna. Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.

30:34

Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steven Caulker.

25:41

Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Kemy Agustien from the free kick.

24:11

Mikel Arteta fouled by Kemy Agustien, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Kemy Agustien a yellow card. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

23:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Sinclair. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

23:15

Neil Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

22:37

Emmanuel Frimpong produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

20:38

Aaron Ramsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Allen. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.

19:16

Effort from outside the penalty area by Aaron Ramsey goes wide left of the goal.

18:39

Corner taken short by Bacary Sagna.

17:14

Kieran Gibbs is caught offside. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.

14:35

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Clearance made by Steven Caulker.

9:32

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

9:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nathan Dyer. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

7:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Frimpong on Joe Allen. Free kick taken by Joe Allen.

3:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Danny Graham. Mikel Arteta fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Steven Caulker gets a block in.

2:28

Danny Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Frimpong. Emmanuel Frimpong takes the free kick.

1:40

Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Caulker. Michel Vorm takes the direct free kick.

0:53

Effort on goal by Aaron Ramsey from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

Match Preview

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Chu-Young Park
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Johan Djourou
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Francis Coquelin

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Match Report

Gunners up and running Arsenal got their Barclays Premier League campaign up and running with a 1-0 win over gallant Swansea at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were in need of a response following their 8-2 humiliation at Manchester United before the international break. However, for long periods the Swans - coached by assistants Colin Pascoe and Alan Curtis as manager Brendan Rodgers missed the game following the death of his father - more than matched Arsene Wenger's men, who included all five deadline signings in the squad. However, a mistake by Swansea keeper Michel Vorm, when his roll-out had hit defender Angel Rangel, just before half-time gifted a goal to Andrey Arshavin, which proved enough for the Gunners' first league win. Arsenal had started brightly, with former Cardiff youngster Aaron Ramsey blasting over as Mikel Arteta orchestrated midfield on his debut. It was, though, Swansea who almost snatched a shock lead on seven minutes. The ball was swung in from the right and Danny Graham got in front of new arrival Per Mertesacker, but despite being wrong-footed Wojciech Szczesny made an acrobatic save to claw the striker's close-range effort off the line. Arsenal were soon back on the offensive, and a quick break saw Arshavin release Theo Walcott. The England man slipped his shot under the advancing keeper, but Vorm had got just enough on the ball to slow it down as Steven Caulker, on loan from Tottenham, recovered to hack clear from in front of his own net. Swansea were forced to defend deeper and deeper as Arsenal pressed for an opening goal. A neat exchange between Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Frimpong, back from suspension, opened up space at the edge of the area, but the young midfielder dragged his shot wide. Swansea, though, slowly grew in confidence and looked more comfortable on the ball, while Scott Sinclair provided a lively outlet on the left. On 35 minutes, full-back Neil Taylor got away down the left and sent over a dangerous cross which flew right through the Arsenal six-yard area. Arsenal went ahead five minutes from the break following a slice of good fortune. Vorm tried a quick roll out on the right of the area, only to hit the heels of defender Rangel which left Arshavin to gratefully stroke the loose ball into the empty net from a tight angle. Swansea made a strong start to the second half, when Walcott was cautioned for clattering into Taylor, the England striker protesting assistant referee Simon Bennett had missed a clear tug on him. After 53 minutes, Laurent Koscielny followed into Stuart Attwell's notebook after scything down the lively Sinclair 20 yards out. The former Chelsea man took the free-kick himself and clipped the ball against the top of crossbar. At the other end, captain Robin van Persie, who was in top form for Holland during the international break, shrugged off two defenders before bursting into the centre of the Swansea area and was unfortunate to see his curling shot hit the outside of the right-hand post. The Dutch forward then blasted over the bar having been set up at the edge of the box by Ramsey. Arsenal slowly started to build a period of sustained pressure without really stretching the Swansea backline. Bacary Sagna's deep cross flew through the penalty area and just eluded van Persie at the far post. Marouane Chamakh replaced van Persie for the closing 10 minutes and the Morocco striker almost had an instant impact when nodding a close-range header goalwards from Kieran Gibbs' left-wing cross. Swansea, however, battled to the end and forced Arsenal back into some desperate defending as they forced a couple of corners during stoppage time as Graham blazed over from close range.

Form Guide

    DLL
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Swansea
  • LDD

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 01/01/1983
  • Swansea
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 20/11/1982
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 2
  • Swansea
  • 27/02/1982
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 10/10/1981

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 1
  • T Walcott 1

Swansea

    Goals

    Arsenal

      • Total goals 12
      • Goals per game 2
    • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
    • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
    • (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
    • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
    • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

    Swansea

      • Total goals 10
      • Goals per game 0
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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