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Swansea earned a famous 2-0 victory at Arsenal to heap more misery on Arsene Wenger, whose side now sit in 10th place in the table, dangerously drifting away from the top four.

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Michu (l): Tracks Arsenal's Cazorla

Michu (l): Tracks Arsenal's Cazorla

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With home supporters taking part in a march before the game to take issue with the recent running of the club, a victory was vital after Arsenal's worst start to a league season since Wenger took charge. Swansea, meanwhile, were amongst the form teams in the Premier League after a run of five games unbeaten and one defeat in nine.

Swansea started the brighter, controlling possession in midfield as Arsenal looked stagnant, and Ashley Williams had the first chance after six minutes when he almost completely missed his kick from six yards with a volley. Ten minutes later Angel Rangel twice had shots smartly saved by Wojciech Szczesny from inside the area as Swansea pushed for the opener.

It took 27 minutes for Arsenal to have their first meaningful shot, when Lukas Podolski saw his shot blocked before attempting to set up Gervinho a minute later with a backheel. Santi Cazorla had a header straight at Gerhard Tremmel a couple of minutes later as Arsenal enjoyed their only spell of dominance in the first half, but even this was cut short when Nathan Dyer almost gave the visitors the lead, the winger seeing his shot blocked after managing to get through on goal.

The boos rang out at the Emirates as the half-time whistle blew, but Arsenal did start the second half brighter, Cazorla forcing Tremmel to make a save after good work from Jack Wilshere. Arsenal were at last beginning to play like the home side, and Cazorla began to imprint his class on the game, driving at the defence on multiple occasions.

Cazorla fired a volley at Tremmel as Arsenal tried to step up the pressure, and they had a penalty appeal turned down by Mark Clattenburg. Replays showed it was a brilliant decision from the official.

With three minutes to go, Swansea took the lead, Michu interchanging passes with Luke Moore and then dinking the ball over Szczesny with a wonderfully composed finish. Arsenal tried to respond but were simply caught on the break, Dyer dispossessing Jenkinson and allowing Michu once again to smoothly finish past the Arsenal keeper.

This game marked the start of a run of seven league games for Arsenal in which positive results should be expected, and with games against West Brom (h), Reading (a), Wigan (a), West Ham (h) and Newcastle (h) before the New Year, the club do still have a chance to establish a top four place.

For Swansea the unbeaten run continues in unbelievable fashion, and Michael Laudrup knows that the foundations have already been laid for an improvement on last season's performance. The final fact that matters most - Swansea City are now above Arsenal in the Premier League.

ArsenalTeam StatisticsSwansea City
0Goals2
01st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target7
2Shots off Target2
3Blocked Shots5
8Corners5
12Fouls10
0Offsides6
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
89.8Passing Success88
14Tackles21
71.4Tackles Success85.7
52.6Possession47.4
64.4Territorial Advantage35.6
609Total Passes558
29Total Crosses14
128Lost Balls108
48Recoveries57
45.51st Half Poss.54.5
59.62nd Half Poss.40.4

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ow are people still backing Arsenal for the title? It's like you're predicting the tide not to come in; Arsenal will finish third or fourth and make the quarter final of the Champions League. It was ever thus.

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othing screams 'Panic!!' when your new manager brings Fellaini on as a sub for your star signing of the summer and within 5 minutes you concede the winner. I know it is only the first game in but I would seriously be sh1**ng myself I was a Man Utd supporter. This has the potential of being very nasty indeed.

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