Instant Reactions – Swansea v Arsenal (30/1/18)

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Following yesterday’s clash between Swansea City and Arsenal, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Swansea City hosted Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium for a 7.45pm kick off on Tuesday January 30, with the hosts securing all three points in a three one victory.

Arsenal actually took the lead through Nacho Monreal in the 33rd minute of the first half, but it took Sam Clucas less than a minute to level the game up and Jordan Ayew gave them the advantage just after the hour mark. Clucas confirmed the points for Swansea has he completed his brace four minutes from time.

The result obviously intensifies the pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as they continue to have mixed success in the Premier League this season, but the three points do move Swansea out of the dropzone for the first time since November.

It’s also Swansea first back to back wins of the season with Arsenal now having won only three out of the last 13 league away games this season.



Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Dyer (Carroll 83), Fer, Ki Sung-yueng, Clucas (Routledge 90+2), J Ayew (Bony 88).


Abraham, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Bartley.


Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Ramsey, El Neny (Mkhitaryan 60), Xhaka, Ozil, Lacazette, Iwobi (Giroud 76).


Ospina, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nketiah.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle, Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal explained.

‘We knew Arsenal would have more of the ball, as they do against almost all the teams in the Premier League. We knew if we put them under pressure it would create clear situations. We waited for our moment and then we scored. I must give all the credit to my players. We are breathing again now, we are not dead anymore. We’ve achieved nothing so far, but we are on our way to achieving a good position. We are not in a good position yet, but we can get there.’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in his comparative interview explained.

‘I felt defensively we were very poor and made big mistakes. It’s better not to talk about the second or third goals. Swansea were sharp, disciplined and hungry. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, I believe we were not disciplined enough. I don’t want to talk about second or third goals.’


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