FT: Swansea 1 Arsenal 2

The full-time whistle goes and Arsenal have clung on to beat Swansea 2-1 and open up a two-point lead at the top of the table with their eighth consecutive league win. Gnabry and Ramsey grabbed the crucial goals and the Swans were only able to pull one goal back through Davies.

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Arteta is booked following a kick on Michu.

90+3
Wilshere is in no hurry to leave the field as Jenkinson comes on and valuable seconds are eaten up.

90+2
Bony has added an aerial presence to Swansea and he nods the ball down in the box for Michu, but it does not fall kindly for him and Arsenal clear.

90+1
Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled so there is still an opportunity for Swansea to draw level.

90
Mertesacker thumps a clearance the full length of the field as Arsenal try to relieve the pressure and help the clock tick down.

88
Monreal replaces Ozil for the closing stages as Wenger looks to shore things up and protect Arsenal's lead.

87
There are appeals for a penalty, at least from the Swansea supporters, as Sagna's clearance crashes into the hand of Flamini. Clattenburg waves play on and it is the correct decision as there was clearly no intent there from Flamini.

85
The crowd are really spurring Swansea on now and the players are responding as they strive to pin Arsenal back and grab an equaliser.

84
Canas joins his Swansea team-mate on a booking after a mistimed tackle on Ramsey.

83
Chico becomes the latest player to go into the book following a foul in midfield.

82
GOAL! Swansea reduce their arrears and it is a superb goal for Davies, who drifts in from the left and gives the ball to Bony. He keeps his run going and Bony's lofted return ball allows the full-back to provide a neat first-time finish past Szczesny.

81
De Guzman is shown a yellow card following a challenge on Wilshere in midfield.

80
Ozil floats in an excellent free-kick which Mertesacker meets with a powerful header, but it is misdirected and goes well wide.

78
Gnabry is given a generous round of applause as he makes way for Arteta for the closing stages.

77
Swansea are presented with a good chance following a mix-up between Wilshere and Gibbs but Bony decides to shoot from an acute angle rather than square the ball for a team-mate and Szczesny makes a solid save with his legs, before springing to his feet and berating his defenders.

75
A promising Arsenal move is stopped in its tracks as Giroud is flagged offside following a mistimed run.

73
Davies gets forward well down the left but then wastes the chance to deliver a meaningful cross as he sends the ball straight out of play.

71
Swansea are showing much more urgency now and Arsenal are having to sit back and wait for further opportunities on the break.

69
Dyer tries his luck now from 25 yards with a ferocious strike, but Szczesny is equal to the task as he leaps full-length to his right to tip the ball behind.

67
Bony takes aim with a shot from distance but it flies well wide.

66
There is a swagger about Arsenal now and Swansea will have to find a cutting edge in the final stages of this match because they have not yet looked like breaching Szczesny's defences.

64
Swansea try to get on the ball and respond but it is the travelling Arsenal fans who are in great voice inside the Liberty Stadium.

62
GOAL! Arsenal have burst into life and it is Ramsey who continues his excellent run to make it 2-0. It is another wonderful move as Wilshere and Giroud link up beautifully before the Frenchman lays the ball off to Ramsey. The in-form Welshman steps inside his defender and coolly finds the top corner from 12 yards with a confident strike.

61
Laudrup throws on Bony in place of Shelvey in an effort to get back into the match.

60
Flamini becomes the first player into the book following a cynical foul in midfield.

59
Arsenal nearly make it 2-0 immediately as they embark on a swift counter-attack and Ramsey feeds Ozil, but the German is denied his first Premier League goal by a sprawling save from Vorm.

58
GOAL! The first moment of genuine quality in the game results in the opening goal as Gnabry puts Arsenal 1-0 in front. A slick move from the Gunners ends with Ramsey picking up the ball from Giroud and playing in Gnabry with a fine pass, and the youngster provided a calm low finish into the bottom corner.

57
Swansea try to play in Michu down the left-hand channel but Szczesny is alert to the danger and rushes off his line to boot the ball clear at the edge of his area.

56
Gibbs appeals for a penalty as he bursts into the Swansea area and his attempted cross hits Chico on the hand, but it clearly was not deliberate and there was no chance he could get his arm out of the way at such close range.

54
Gnabry shows the other side to his game as he tracks back to intercept a pass intended for Davies on the overlap which could have caused problems.

52
Gnabry has been one of the few players to catch the eye, and he forces Vorm into action with our first shot on target of the match. It is a well-struck effort from the edge of the area but straight at the keeper.

50
Ozil has had a frustrating day so far, unable to really exert his influence on proceedings.

49
The teams cancelled each other out in the first half as they appeared wary of their opponents' threat on the counter-attack and preferred to play it safe.

47
Arsenal start the second half on the front foot as a direct run from Gnabry earns the Gunners a corner, but the referee spots a foul on Michu by Giroud.

46
Arsenal get the second half going and there have been no changes at the break. Let us hope for an improved spectacle.

The half-time whistle goes and the score remains goalless following a disappointing opening 45 minutes. There has yet to be a meaningful shot on target and the one clear chance we have had was badly missed by Giroud on the stroke of the interval. Otherwise it has been a tale of hard work but little inspiration.

45+1
Giroud is fine to carry on but misses a glorious chance just after coming back on to the pitch. It is the best opportunity of the half by a mile as Giroud is played in following good work by Gnabry, but he drags his shot well wide.

45
A moment of concern for Arsenal as Giroud stays down following what looked like an accidental stamp on his foot from Amat as the Swansea player landed from a jump. The physio comes on to treat the striker and Wenger will not want to have to make a change.

44
Swansea win a free-kick 25 yards from goal and De Guzman steps up to take the set-piece, but his effort is blazed horribly high and wide.

42
Dyer tries to take on the entire Arsenal back-line with a jinking run but he is swamped by a mass of yellow shirts and lacks support.

40
It is just not happening for Arsenal at the moment despite their best efforts, as they struggle to inject enough sharpness into their passing moves to trouble Swansea.

38
Wilshere tries to release Giroud through the centre but the assistant's flag goes up for offside. That looked a close call.

36
Chico is fine to continue and the match resumes in a similar pattern, with both sides working hard to gain control of midfield in a tight contest.

35
Chico is barged to the ground accidentally as Giroud slips following a quick turn, and the physios have to come on and administer some treatment.

33
Chico's determination to play the ball out from the back lands him in trouble as he is dispossessed by Gnabry, but his cross is safely gathered by Vorm.

31
There is a good ebb and flow to the game but Laudrup may be the slightly happier manager as Swansea probe patiently.

29
Swansea apply more pressure as Michu again makes life difficult for Szczesny following a back-pass.

27
Almost an embarrassing moment for Szczesny as he tries to dribble past Michu and the ball just drifts beyond the byline for a goal-kick following a touch by the Spaniard. Many of the players do not realise the assistant's flag has been raised and Routledge fires the ball into the middle from the narrowest of angles out wide, just creeping past the far post.

26
De Guzman digs out a cross from the right which is aimed for Michu in the centre, but Szczesny rushes quickly off his line to pluck the ball out of the air.

25
Tiendalli finds himself in oceans of space down the Swansea right but does not quite time his run well enough and the flag goes up for offside. If he had just stayed focused there it would have been a great chance.

23
There have been no real chances yet as defences dominate and both sides remain patient in possession, with Sagna showing good strength to deny Canas.

21
Gnabry tracks down a seemingly lost cause and forces Amat to lose his composure and slice the ball wildly out of play.

20
Referee Mark Clattenburg has a quiet word with Wilshere following a foul in midfield, no doubt warning him that a card will be issued if he is not careful.

19
Swansea stick with their passing approach through thick and thin and even the defenders are comfortable playing it out from the back rather than booting it long.

17
Tiendalli gets forward well down the right but wastes the opportunity to deliver an effective cross as he sends the ball straight out of play.

15
You almost expect Ramsey to score every time he shoots at the moment and he is not that far away here with a powerful low strike from 20 yards which fizzes just a foot or so wide of Vorm's right-hand post.

14
Arsenal are starting to settle nicely now after that good early spell for Swansea, but Laudrup's side are working hard at the back.

12
Ozil finds Giroud with an exquisite pass but the Frenchman's first touch takes him back into the path of Chico and the Swansea defender is able to make an important tackle.

10
Arsenal enjoy their best moment of the match so far as Gibbs drives into the Swansea box and pulls back a decent cross, but Gnabry has not read the situation quickly enough and failed to make the run into the box which would probably have given him a tap-in.

9
Swansea win another corner following a fast break, but it comes to nothing as Arsenal hold firm.

8
Ramsey has been in superb form so far this season and will be keen to impress on Welsh soil this evening, but his Cardiff City connection is ensuring that he is getting booed every time he gets a touch.

6
Davies gets forward well down the left and fires in a dangerous cross which is only cleared as far as Shelvey 25 yards out, and the former Liverpool man lets fly with a powerful effort which is smashed not far over the crossbar.

4
Arsenal have barely had a touch of the ball yet as Swansea quickly get into their stride and enjoy a lengthy spell of possession in midfield.

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Swansea have made a habit of starting quickly in their past couple of matches and they win an early corner following good work by Dyer, who puts pressure on Gibbs.

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Swansea get the game started and let us hope for an exciting encounter that will entertain the purists.

The main team news for Swansea is the absence through injury of captain Ashley Williams and full-back Angel Rangel, with Jordi Amat and Dwight Tiendalli coming into their defence. For Arsenal, on a day that marks 17 years since Wenger was appointed manager, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini have come through fitness tests to take their place in an unchanged starting line-up.

Nick says: "I'm a Swans fan living/working in Moscow. I'm a bit worried, especially with Ash Williams and Angel Rangel missing and also Herndandez still out, but when we write-off the Swans chances, they defy the odds. I would like to have seen Bony up top and Michu in his preferred role, where he's happier and more effective, but I think we've strengthened the midfield to protect the defence a little more. I'd take a draw now....hope it's a good game too!"

Robert says: "I'm going for a 2-1 Swansea win, Michu to haunt arsenal once more!"

We have already had an incredible day of drama in the Premier League, and so far everything has worked out perfectly for Arsenal. London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea both dropped points in a 1-1 draw in the early kick-off, before Manchester United and Manchester City both suffered shock defeats this afternoon. What these results mean is that the Gunners will return to the summit with just a draw against Swansea, while they will open up a two-point lead if they can claim victory.

Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Amat, Flores, Davies, Canas, Shelvey, De Guzman, Dyer, Routledge, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Alfei, Taylor, Britton, Pozuelo, Vazquez, Bony

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Ramsey, Flamini, Ozil, Gnabry, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Arteta, Monreal, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Miyaichi.

Chris in Huddersfield has also been in touch, writing: "I've been looking forward to this match all day; both of these teams play with a fast tempo, so if they both perform well, we should be in for a cracker. Obviously, because Arsenal are in the top four, they are going to be the firm favourites to grab all three points this evening. However, most of the time, Swansea make it difficult for any visiting team, so the Gunners will need to have a good start to this match and not allow the Swans to take an early lead, or they'll be treading on thin ice before we've even reached half-time."

Daniel Cannon says: "I'm predicting a win for Arsenal today...Ozil with an assist or two! The man who assisted the nurses at his own birth..."

Arsenal are 8/5 to come away with all three points and equal their club record of eight away league wins on the trot. The Swans are 7/4 and the draw 12/5. In-form striker Olivier Giroud is price boosted to 6/1 (from 9/2) to score the opening goal. Head over to Sky Bet for the full odds.

Swansea's defence of the Capital One Cup may have already come to an end but they have already shown what a force they could be this season, having memorably beaten Valencia 3-0 at the Mestalla in the Europa League. They are also unbeaten in three Premier League games and will be looking to push higher into the top half.

There has been a feel-good factor around Arsenal since the record signing of Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline and they have won four league games in a row, whilst also enjoying success in the Champions League and Capital One Cup. Arsene Wenger this week insisted he wanted to stay at the club 'forever', although he is expecting a tough title race with as many as five or six teams in the mix.

Let us know your views and predictions by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players? Can Arsenal extend their winning run or will Swansea prove too strong on home soil? What kind of match are you expecting today?

Hello and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Swansea City's Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium. The Gunners will be looking to carry on their fine start to the season and finish the day, as they started it, at the top of the Premier League. Michael Laudrup's men have surged up the standings since losing their opening two games but were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Birmingham City in midweek.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2014

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