FT: Arsenal 0 Swansea 2

Many thanks for joining us, and well done again to Swansea. For Arsenal fans, nothing I can say will help.

Arsene Wenger receiving calls to resign as the final whistle blows. Swansea move above Arsenal in the table and you feel that some serious questions need to be asked at the club

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And that is that. Over for Arsenal, and the Emirates empties.

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2-0 SWANSEA!!!! Michu once again. WOW

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Arsenal trying to respond, but fans are not happy here. It all feels rather grim for Wenger

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It is a wonderfully composed finish from Michu, but you can't say Arsenal don't deserve that.

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GOAL FOR MICHU - the torment goes on for Arsene Wenger as the boos are thunderous at the Emirates

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Cazorla has a shot blocked as they finally begin to apply pressure, and then Vermaelen heads at the goalkeeper

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Thomas Vermaelen is booked for bring down Michu earlier in a Swansea move

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Wonderful save by Szczesny from debutant Tiendalli. Arsenal are rocking again here.

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The crowd really getting on Arsenal's back as their side struggle to coherently move forward. This does look like a third consecutive draw.

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Arsenal's final change, Jack Wilshere off for Tomas Rosicky, back after a long injury absence

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Moving into the later stages, and still Arsenal are not creating any where near enough chances

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Corner to Swansea after Moore fires wide via a deflection

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Looking at that latest penalty incident and Mark Clattenburg gets it spot on

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De Guzman off for Swansea, replaced by Tiendalli, who is making his Premier League debut

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Michu fires straight at Szczesny from a tight angle

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Fine volley from Cazorla, lovely technique, but Tremmel gets down well to save

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Huge moment in the game, and Mark Clattenburg rules that Chico gets the ball against Giroud through on goal. It's very much touch and go, but have to side with the referee

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Swansea's harrying and hastling again forces the mistake from Szczesny who passes the ball out of play

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Swansea also make a change, Schechter off for Moore

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Here are the subs, Gervinho off for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski off for Giroud

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Gervinho again frustrates for Arsenal as Wenger looks to make a double change shortly

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On a rare advance forward during the second half Angel Rangel forces a brilliant save from Szczesny, the Pole tipping wide for a corner

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Strong work from Cazorla as he drives at the Swansea defence, eventially allowing Gibbs to win a corner. Much better from Arsenal

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More appeals for a penalty from Arsenal as Cazorla goes down. Difficult to see if there was contact, but if not it should be a booking for simulation

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Arsenal corner, from which Theo Walcott hits the first man, drawing groans from the crowd.

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Schechter wins a corner for Swansea. Hard work for Schechter today on his own up front, but he does well in that instance

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Arsenal are still on top, asking some questions of Swansea's back line

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Big Arsenal appeals for a penalty as Gervinho is blocked off. Was probably a foul, but also probably outside the box

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Theo Walcott injects some pace but runs out of steam as he reaches the edge of the box

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Wilshere finally stamping his class on the game, looking for the ball when possible

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Santi Cazorla forces the first save from Tremmel after Wilshere beats a couple of players. Encouraging

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Arsenal starting the half on top, a touch more bite about the side

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Ball into the box but it's easily held by Tremmel, who is yet to make a save

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Back underway here at the Emirates...

Join me for more in fifteen minutes as both sides will look for three points

A first half of frustration for Arsene Wenger. Boos ring out at the Emirates. Arsenal haven't been poor but just seem uninventive, and Swansea have had the better chances

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Just as I mention it, Gervinh has a headed, but drifts it woefully wide

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Gervinho has really struggled so far. Disconcertingly quiet

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Swansea working so hard to retrieve possession, that being essentially the difference between the two sides currently

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Not enough movement for Arsenal's central midfielder when they get the ball

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Arsenal break and Michu clips Cazorla. Advantage played but Michu is lucky not to be cautioned

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De Guzman whips the free kick and clips the top of the net as it fires just over. Decent effort but perhaps just too close

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Free kick on the edge of the box for Swansea after Michu is shoved over

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The game has lost some of its early spark, both sides slowing the ball down. Cannot really blame Swansea for such a mindset, but Arsenal need to look for invention

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Swansea back in control of the ball, and the first signs of rumblings from Arsenal fans

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Huge chance for Swansea. Nathan Dyer gets through on goal, but just hesitates and allows Vermaelen to get a block in and send the ball for a corner

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Another fine ball in from Jenkinson, and Santi Cazorla heads straight at Tremmel from the penalty spot. Arsenal starting to press

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Podolski turns to find some space in the area but his shot is blocked, and then the German then backheels to try and play in Gervinho, but the ball was slightly too long. Better from Arsenal

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Fabulous cross from Carl Jenkinson, and Chico Flores does wonderfully well to head clear with Gervinho challenging

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Over halfway through the first half, and Arsenal are yet to have a shot

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From a free kick out wide Ki delivers for Swansea, but the delivery has to be better, hitting the first man

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De Guzman wins a foul 35 yards out after Jack Wilshere leans onto the midfielder. It comes to nothing

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Arsenal now dominating possession. There is little incision but are at least holding their own after absorbing pressure

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Arsenal earn their second corner, Gibba attacking the line after some solid possession

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As a result of Arsenal's start, Arsene Wenger has been pacing the touchline since pretty much minute one

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Arsenal do look a touch rattled so far here

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Fabulous double save from Szczesny from Angel Rangel, who twice fires in on goal from inside the area. The resultant corner is cleared

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Arsenal seem happy to let Swansea have the ball in their own half, closing them down when they break over halfway

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Tremmel collects Walcott's corner with ease

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Gervinho settles for a corner as he gets behind the Swansea defence but is taken wide

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A shot from Carl Jenkinson but it is high, wide and not particularly handsome

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Arsenal now taking the opportunity to have some time on the ball in defence and midfield

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It really is a good chance for Williams. Just six yards out.

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Chance for Ashley Williams after Arsenal fail to clear, but his volley is almost a complete air shot. Arsenal need to settle

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Fine Tackle from Vermaelen on Schechter to stop the striker having a shot on goal. Bright start from Swansea

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Ben Davies gets the ball for the first time for Swansea. A big test against Theo Walcott today

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Cross from Rangel for Swansea goes too long, but a promising move from the Swans

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The game begins, as we should expect with the home side passing the ball around prettily

We are a minute away from kick off here. Let (beautiful looking) battle commence...

Oooh, Aaron Morgan has different thoughts - "swans on form at the moment. Have to go 2-1 swans but a draw is a real possiblity". Swansea did look very impressive in their defeat of West Brom on Wednesday.

The Emirates still has a fair bit of filling up to do as we approach kick off. Though any supporters keeping warm in the back of the stands could not be blamed for doing so. It is very much a hat, gloves and scarf Saturday

Carl Fletcher has been in touch on Twitter to say "you're in for an entertaining game, 3-1 or 3-2 to Arsenal I think (& hope) #COYG". I agree that this should be one of the easiest games on the eye in the Premier League

What's that, you want a prediction from me? Okay, Okay, how about Arsenal 2-1 with Santi Cazorla scoring first? That bet is 40/1 on Skybet

Skybet have Arsenal at clear 2/5 favourites, with the away side priced at 13/2. Midweek goalscorers Theo Walcott and Michu are priced at 5/1 and 7/1 respectively to score the first goal

Just over 20 minutes until kick off here at the Emirates, and the ground is starting to fill up a little. The big team news is Olivier Giroud dropped to the bench with Gervinho coming in

Our referee today is Mark Clattenburg, who has clearly been the focus of much attention recently. Really good to see a fine referee back in action.

Related to that, before the game today a group of Arsenal supporters have taken part in a march to protest against the club's running. They clearly feel that added investment is necessary.

Michael Laudrup is quoted yesterday as stating that Arsenal will not win the title this season, a situation that will not change with the club's current budget. He might be right, but not exactly what Arsenal fans want to hear.

Another reminder to give me a thought, prediction, pearl of wisdom or follow on Twitter by contacting @danielstorey85

Swansea are yet to drop a point from winning positions this season

Theo Walcott makes his 100th start for Arsenal

Arsenal have won just three of their last nine league games at home

This is Arsenal's worst start to a league season since Arsene Wenger took over at the club

Michu has scored four headers in the league this season for Swansea. No player has more

Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League not to concede a goal in the last fifteen minutes of a game

Now, a six-pronged stat attack for you:

Liam from Waterford in Ireland is studying for an exam (procrastination is the key) and has this to say " Arsenal to win today - but only just". Short and sweet.

Swansea - Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Dyer, Michu, Shechter Subs - Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Agustien, Richards, Moore, Donnelly

Arsenal - Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Gervinho Subs - Mannone, Squillaci, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

The teams are in:

Without further ado let me ask you to get in touch with your thoughts and predictions for the game. danielstorey85 is the method of doing so

Swansea, meanwhile, are on a lovely run of form, unbeaten in five and lost just one of nine in the league. They would actually go above their hosts with a win today.

The Gunners currently sit twelve points behind Manchester United and five points of West Brom in fourth.

Despite winning their last home Premier League game 5-2 against their bitterest rivals, the pressure is back on Arsenal after consecutive away draws against Aston Villa and Everton.

Good afternoon, and welcome to live commentary of Arsenal v Swansea from the Emirates Stadium.

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