by Croxley Rebel
A game that will certainly not live long in anyone’s memory. The Swans parked the bus and that was Ki to their strategy.
After 15 minutes of solid Arsenal pressure, it didn’t Clucas though the Welsh side would pose any sort of threat to the Arsenal goal, but up popped their ginger no.17 with a decent finish from a counter attack. At that stage, it seemed that the Gunners were all Fer coat and no knickers. Even Abraham himself couldn’t have prophesised the early away goal. There literally seemed to be Naughton until Kos’ mistake gave Swansea an unexpected gift.
The visitors almost had another goal immediately before the break, as Per committed hari-kiri in his own box. With only Cech to beat, the travelling fans cries of “go on Maw-son” turned to “Ayew serious?” as their striker badly fluffed his lines. A 0-2 half-time advantage would have been unjust, given Swansea’s Dyer negative tactics to that point, during which Swans really Rodon their luck.
Order was restored early in the second half, with Kolasinac beating Fabianski from an acute angle. Skipper Fernandez looked aghast as the home fans were finally able to break into a chorus of “you’re Narsingh-ing any more”.
From that point on, the visitors were a right Roque Mesa.
Once Rambo had added a killer second against his fellow countrymen, it was the Arsenal fans who had the (Van der) Hoorn and the absolute right to confidently sing adapted Christmas Carroll(s) on the way home, whilst scoffing French Fries & McBurnies, including seasonal classics such as ‘Hark Now Hear the Arsenal sing’ (the Gunners being now just one point off their much vaunted noisy neighbours from downtown Lower Edmonton).
It may be a tad uncomfortably early for some to be even contemplating Yuletide, but, to be fair, today was even deemed late enough by the club hierarchy to commemorate Remembrance Day pre-match, even though that poignant date is still two weeks (and another calendar month) away. The sombre impending annual occasion was Nordfeldt any less keenly.
At 2-1 some Emirates regulars hoped for the third goal that might lead to a Rout(ledge), but it was not to be. Still, 3 points are all that matter on a day like this.