Arsenal lost for the first time in 11 Premier League games after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Swansea City yesterday evening.
The Gunners were looking to keep up the pressure on Manchester City in the battle for second place in the Barclays Premier League, and despite dominating from the start, they were unable to find a way past their former goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who made a number of impressive saves.
But with less than five minutes left, substitute Bafetimbi Gomis nodded in from Jefferson Montero’s cross – as goal-line technology showed Arsenal keeper David Ospina had failed to palm the ball clear of his line.
Here are the five key statistics from the Emirates Stadium.
0 – Arsenal have now failed to score in two successive Premier League home games for the first time since April 2011.
Following a bore draw with Chelsea at the Emirates just two weeks ago, Arsene Wenger’s side have now registered a goalless ninety-minutes twice on the trot.
This inability to score isn’t for the lack of trying. Indeed, the hosts capitalised on their dominance in possession (68%) by fashioning 23 attempts at goal. Of these, 17 came in the second half.
5 – Jack Wilshere fashioned a match-best five chances, despite playing less than 30 minutes.
Alongside team-mate Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who has only just returned from a six month spell on the sidelines, fashioned a match-best five key passes in just 24 minutes.
The Englishman looked sharp and alert having come off the bench and he did his upmost to break the deadlock, but it just wasn’t to be. In an unfamiliar right-wing role, he was unable to turn his impressive eye for a pass into a match winning goal for the Gunners.
Wilshere may encounter a struggle reinstating himself as a regular starter at the Emirates. Nonetheless, if he replicate the same level of creativity that we witnessed against Swansea, he will give himself the best possible chance of doing just that.
19 – Touches of the ball made by Olivier Giroud.
If any display this season has highlighted Arsenal’s need for all-out-action striker, then this was it.
Wenger’s chosen striker, Olivier Giroud, recorded just 19 touches as he cut an isolated figure leading the line for the home side. He lacked the attacking presence that the club desperatley required, while he hit the target from just one of his three opportunities.
His second half replacement, Theo Walcott, did little better. The winger-cum-forward, who looks set to leave the Emirates when his contract expires at the end of the campaign, squandered two glorious chances to nick a win for the Gunners.
9 – Lukasz Fabianski ensured a Swansea clean sheet, thanks to a remarkable nine saves.
On his return to the Emirates Stadium, former Gunners shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski had a night to remember. The Pole proved the stand-out performer as the Swans brushed aside Arsene Wenger’s seemingly unbeatable side.
In his quest for a clean sheet Fabianski made an impressive nine saves, while successfully claiming two crosses. Arsenal may have sustained the pressure throughout ninety-minutes, but the Swansea ‘number one’ remained defiant in between the sticks.
4 – Bafetimbi Gomis has now scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
Swans supporters were rightly concerned when the club announced the sale of frontman Wilfried Bony, but few can argue with Bafetimbi Gomis’ attempts to replace the Ivorian. His winner at the Emirates took him to six goals for the season, with four having come in his last four league appearances.
Arriving as a substitute in the 73rd minute, the Frenchman barely touched the ball. However, when he did, he made it count with a powerful header past the helpless David Ospina. At first glance, it seemed the Gunners goalkeeper had prevented his side from conceding, but with the aid of goal-line technology, referee Kevin Friend awarded the goal to seal an improbable victory for the visitors.
Statistics via WhoScored.
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