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  • Date:15 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:20,409
  • Sinclair - pen (15)
    Dyer (56) Graham (69)
  • van Persie (4) Walcott (68)
Goal!

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92:22 +2.22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Laurent Koscielny. Leroy Lita is brought on as a substitute for Danny Graham. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

89:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Taylor on Theo Walcott. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Neil Taylor.

88:28

Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.

88:15

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

86:36

The ball is swung over by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

82:34

The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.

82:18

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, Gylfi Sigurdsson manages to make a clearance.

80:41

Scott Sinclair is caught offside. Wayne Routledge on for Nathan Dyer. Alex Song takes the indirect free kick.

78:24

Thierry Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

77:38

Centre by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, comfortable save by Michel Vorm.

76:32

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joins the action as a substitute, replacing Per Mertesacker.

75:46

Danny Graham fouled by Per Mertesacker, the ref awards a free kick. Michel Vorm takes the indirect free kick.

75:41

Robin van Persie produces a cross, clearance made by Neil Taylor.

74:54

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, save made by Michel Vorm.

74:14

Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Angel Rangel results in a free kick. Ignasi Miquel takes the free kick.

73:37

Ignasi Miquel sends in a cross. Thierry Henry is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.

73:13

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Neil Taylor.

72:51

Neil Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

72:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nathan Dyer. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

71:15

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Per Mertesacker goes wide left of the target.

71:09

Centre by Robin van Persie, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

70:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson on Per Mertesacker. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

68:58

Danny Graham finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 3-2 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

68:13

Theo Walcott finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 2-2 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Johan Djourou.

64:29

Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

62:47

Effort from the edge of the area by Gylfi Sigurdsson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

62:05

Thierry Henry replaces Andrey Arshavin. Tomas Rosicky comes on in place of Yossi Benayoun.

61:38

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.

61:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alex Song.

59:14

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

59:09

Centre by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

57:03

Nathan Dyer scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 2-1 Arsenal.Joe Allen provided the assist for the goal.

53:55

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance by Yossi Benayoun.

52:47

Joe Allen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

51:00

Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Nathan Dyer results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Yossi Benayoun.

49:47

Nathan Dyer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

49:15

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a outswinging corner.

49:10

The ball is swung over by Nathan Dyer, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

47:51

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

47:03

Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

46:54

Theo Walcott produces a cross, blocked by Neil Taylor.

46:31

Ignasi Miquel produces a cross.

45:13

Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

45:01

Kemy Agustien leaves the field to be replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

44:03

Leon Britton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ignasi Miquel. The ball is sent over by Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

41:47

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.

41:17

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Angel Rangel gets a block in.

40:19

A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

39:48

Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

35:49

Ignasi Miquel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

35:08

Centre by Joe Allen, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

34:24

The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

31:30

The offside flag is raised against Scott Sinclair. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

31:23

Centre by Kemy Agustien, clearance by Ignasi Miquel.

30:43

Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Joe Allen, Steven Caulker takes a shot. Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.

29:59

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Allen, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

28:52

Centre by Theo Walcott, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

28:40

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

27:46

Robin van Persie is caught offside. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.

25:44

Kemy Agustien concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

25:08

Neil Taylor sends in a cross, blocked by Andrey Arshavin.

24:20

Scott Sinclair delivers the ball.

23:49

Corner taken short by Leon Britton.

23:40

Neil Taylor delivers the ball, clearance by Per Mertesacker.

23:24

Centre by Steven Caulker, clearance by Per Mertesacker.

23:04

Angel Rangel produces a cross, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

22:00

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Allen. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Caulker.

21:13

Centre by Ignasi Miquel. Theo Walcott crosses the ball, clearance made by Ashley Williams.

19:43

Unfair challenge on Angel Rangel by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

19:22

Angel Rangel crosses the ball, blocked by Alex Song.

18:39

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Allen, clearance made by Johan Djourou.

18:01

Handball decision goes against Aaron Ramsey. Strike comes in from Kemy Agustien from the free kick.

17:22

A cross is delivered by Aaron Ramsey, save by Michel Vorm.

15:02

Joe Allen produces a cross, Penalty awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Nathan Dyer. Penalty taken right-footed by Scott Sinclair and scored. Swansea 1-1 Arsenal.Nathan Dyer provided the assist for the goal.

13:21

The referee penalises Yossi Benayoun for handball. Free kick crossed by Joe Allen.

12:32

Foul by Theo Walcott on Neil Taylor, free kick awarded. Neil Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

11:37

Aaron Ramsey challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.

8:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Graham on Per Mertesacker. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

6:45

Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

5:34

Aaron Ramsey fouled by Kemy Agustien, the ref awards a free kick. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

4:00

Robin van Persie fires in a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.

0:40

Shot from just outside the box by Kemy Agustien misses to the right of the goal.

Match Preview

Rodgers calls for Capello Manager Brendan Rodgers believes his Swansea side are brimming with confidence ahead of their clash with Arsenal, and feels England manager Fabio Capello should come and see the evidence for himself. The south Wales club were written off as certain relegation fodder following their promotion from the npower Championship, but they have won praise for their attractive style and they lie 12th in the Barclays Premier League table, seven points above the drop zone. One of the key elements of an impressive campaign to date has been a home record that has seen them suffer just one defeat and concede only four goals. A result of Swansea's fine performances, added to by an excellent draw against Tottenham and a first away win of the season at Aston Villa, has seen the likes of Steven Caulker, Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer being mentioned as potential England internationals. And Rodgers feels Capello may be surprised to find some candidates for his Euro 2012 squad on display, should he choose to make a visit to south Wales. "I certainly think he would be very surprised coming here," said Rodgers. "I am sure he has seen some games on the television but it would be fantastic for him to come and look at a club like this that may not be the most fashionable, but it is a club where players have shown they can grace this level and number of them have shown that they could step onto another level." He added: "I have gifted players here who could play for big teams, they are not at a glamour club but if there is a style suited to international football this is it, and I am confident my players could step up. "Someone like Danny Graham who can run and move and score goals, or someone like Scott Sinclair who is not only a fantastic winger but a specialist penalty taker. He hasn't missed one, and at big tournaments you are looking for specialists. "Nathan Dyer has scored in two of the last three games. He was fantastic against Villa facing Stephen Warnock, who was seen as an England full-back not long ago, so that's the improvement we are making." Rodgers has almost a full squad to select from. He is set to make changes from the side that beat Barnsley in the FA Cup with the likes of Michel Vorm, Joe Allen, Steven Caulker and Scott Sinclair likely to return to the starting line-up, while Gylfi Sigurdsson could be handed a full debut in midfield. Long-term absentee Alan Tate is on the comeback trail after featuring for the reserves in midweek, four months after suffering a broken leg, but is a few weeks away from a return to first-team action. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels midfielder Aaron Ramsey is growing with every game he plays as the Wales captain prepares to tackle the Swans. The 21-year-old has grabbed his opportunity this season, stepping into a regular first-team place alongside Mikel Arteta and Alex Song following the summer sale of Cesc Fabregas and injury to Jack Wilshere. Wenger was always confident the former Cardiff trainee could make the step up in class, all the more remarkable in the wake of his horrendous leg injury in February 2010. "I brought him in because of his quality," said the Arsenal manager. "People forget about Ramsey is that this is his first full season really. "For me, he is growing month to month and people are a bit impatient with him. "I am very happy with what he is delivering - and if Wilshere comes back [soon] they can play together." Ramsey has been outspoken in his views over the future of Wales following the death of manager Gary Speed. Wenger is impressed with how Ramsey has taken such an important role in his stride. "Aaron has personality," said the Arsenal manager. "He is a bit young [to be a captain], because it is a massive responsibility for a player that age with the little experience he has. "However, he can take pressure so he will grow very quickly in this role and he will be a great captain for Wales." Captain Robin van Persie will return to the squad following an extended break. Thierry Henry, on loan from the New York Red Bulls, will again be in contention having come off the bench to score in the FA Cup win over Leeds, while defender Johan Djourou is available after suspension. Midfielder Tomas Rosicky and centre-back Per Mertesacker are battling to overcome a virus. Strikers Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are away at the African Nations Cup. Defenders Francis Coquelin (hamstring), Thomas Vermaelen (calf), Kieran Gibbs (groin), Bacary Sagna (ankle), Carl Jenkinson (back) and Andre Santos (ankle) are all still out, along with midfielders Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle).

Formation:451Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

Formation: 451Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Michel Vorm
  • Angel Rangel
  • Steven Caulker
  • Ashley Williams
  • Neil Taylor
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Kemy Agustien
  • Leon Britton
  • Joe Allen
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Danny Graham
  • SUBS
  • Gerhard Tremmel
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Garry Monk
  • Leroy Lita
  • Luke Moore
  • Ashley Richards
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson

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Match Report

Golden Graham shoots down Gunners Danny Graham struck the winner as Swansea claimed the first major scalp of their maiden Premier League campaign with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium. The Gunners had silenced the home support by taking an early lead through captain Robin van Persie, but Scott Sinclair levelled from the penalty spot for Welsh side. Nathan Dyer then fired Swansea ahead before Theo Walcott equalised, but Arsenal paid the price for a loss of concentration as Graham ran in to slot his ninth goal of the season less than a minute later to move the Swans up to 10th in the table. Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers had called on England manager Fabio Capello to visit south Wales to watch his side in action, with Dyer and Sinclair having been linked with a call up to the national squad, and with the Italian in attendance the duo could not have done much more to enhance their aspirations in an enthralling encounter. But there had been little hint of the drama to come when Arsenal took a fifth-minute lead. Arsene Wenger had recalled Van Persie to his side after his recent extended break, and it did not take the Dutchman long to get back in the swing of things. Andrey Arshavin's pass carved Swansea apart, and the striker made no mistake as he checked before firing past Steven Caulker and goalkeeper Michel Vorm from a tight angle for his 22nd goal of the season. The breakthrough initially knocked the wind out of Swansea's sails - but they were level after 16 minutes. After sharp play down the left by the excellent Joe Allen, Dyer went down under Aaron Ramsey's challenge for referee Michael Oliver to award what looked a soft penalty. Sinclair converted into Wojciech Szczesny's left-hand corner to maintain his 100% record from the spot this term. The game was living up to predictions of an entertaining contest and the Gunners could have re-established their lead just two minutes later as Ramsey skipped past Vorm and pulled the ball across the six-yard box, only for a fortunate ricochet off Angel Rangel to land in the keeper's arms. The visitors continued to carve out the clearer chances, and Van Persie should have done better when played in just before the half-hour mark. Swansea captain Ashley Williams was caught hopelessly upfield after Leon Britton had been dispossessed by Yossi Benayoun, the Israeli's pass found his Dutch team-mate in acres of space but Vorm stood up well to repel his right-footed shot. Arsenal could have mirrored their first half start but failed to make the most of two presentable chances in the opening moments of the second period. Walcott blazed over after being located down the right channel by Van Persie, while Arshavin was equally wasteful after being teed up in space on the edge of the box. But there was no let such let off at the other end when Dyer put Swansea ahead after 57 minutes. Ramsey was easily robbed by Wales team-mate Allen and the midfielder picked out Dyer for the winger to shoot high into the net and give Swansea a merited lead. Wenger had seen enough and Thierry Henry was sprung from the bench along with Tomas Rosicky as the ineffectual Arshavin and Benayoun made way. Swansea were having their best spell of the game but they were made to pay for a poor lapse in defence as Johan Djourou's pass split Neil Taylor and Williams for Walcott to clip the ball over Vorm and level after 69 minutes. But the parity lasted less than a minute as substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass saw Graham race in and make the most of Szczesny's hesitancy in advancing from his line to put Swansea back in front. Per Mertesacker should have levelled barely two minutes later but the German defender horribly scuffed his effort wide, then Ramsey aimed his bullet header from Walcott's cross straight at Vorm as Arsenal threw numbers forward. The Gunners' last chance came when Rosicky drove to the edge of the Swansea box and forced Vorm to beat out his drive before gathering Laurent Koscielny's follow-up as the home side held out to spark delirious celebrations at the final whistle.

Form Guide

    WDLDDW
  • Swansea
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • WLWDWL

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 10/09/2011
  • 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

Swansea

  • D Graham 6
  • L Lita 2
  • N Dyer 2
  • S Sinclair 2
  • J Allen 2
  • A Williams 1
  • W Routledge 1
  • L Moore 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 16
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • T Walcott 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Goals

Swansea

    • Total goals 43
    • Goals per game 20
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 59
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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