Swansea moved out of the relegation zone after goals from Clucas and Ayew against a terrible display from sixth placed Arsenal.
“Defensively we were very poor” said Wenger. You don’t say? “Swansea were sharp, disciplined and hungry. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, I believe we were not disciplined enough.” You can almost forgive this kind of answer as a manager has to at least say something in a post-match interview, but why were Arsenal not disciplined enough? Is this Wenger conceding that all Arsenal are playing for is a top four place? And as likely as that is true, Arsenal are sitting sixth and are currently looking at another stint in the purgatory of the Europa league unless they win it.
Swansea’s Good Run
Ferociously fighting relegation under new boss Carlos Carvahal, Swansea have halted the attacking tenacity of Liverpool and Arsenal in consecutive premier league games and have now lost only once in eight games.
After some close chances from Ayew and Alfie Mawson in the first half (stopped only by a last ditch Aaron Ramsey tackle), Clucas scored his first goal since scoring at the Emirates in October from a thread of the needle pass from England Under-21 Mawson.
“It’s better that we don’t talk about the second or third goals” added Wenger – oh but let’s – starting with Petr Cech’s a horrific error via a back pass blunder that made Paul Robinson look like Manuel Neuer. Ghanaian Jordan Ayew capitalised on this mistake to give Swansea an easy lead before Clucas hammered in the final nail in with a goal at 86 minutes.
Arsenal’s Goodbye To Giroud?
With Arsenal hoping to sign Aubameyang by tomorrow, it seems as though it hinges on Giroud being offloaded to Chelsea. Starting on the bench and coming on for Alex Iwobi with fifteen minutes to go it was clear there’s a strong love for the striker as his name was sung by the away fans throughout the match.
Speaking on whether this was the final game for Giroud Wenger admitted “It’s a possibility” he also added “But all that I’ll be decided tomorrow morning. We will inform you once that is more definite”. And upon asking why he included Giroud considering he is clearly part of plans to be sold Wenger said it was out of respect “It’s a tribute to his professionalism”, he said “He’s given great service to the club, never let us down on the performance front and saved us many times.