Arsenal are second in the Premier League this morning after a 3-2 win over Swansea City, level on points with Manchester City who drew with Everton yesterday.
But the match at The Emirates was a strange one.
Arsenal played well at times and for portions of the game we looked in complete control – but at others we looked like we were going to buckle under the slightest pressure.
Arsenal were leading 2-0 thanks to a double from Theo Walcott.
Then Granit Xhaka’s bad afternoon started when he somehow “fell over” and let Swansea back into the game.
After that Arsenal looked edgy and at 2-1 we looked like conceding the equaliser. Mesut Özil scored an absolute cracker to restore our 2 goal lead and when you thought we might actually be on the way to 3 points Modou Barrow’s (who was hugely impressive all game) crossed to make the game 3-2 and give us a nervy second half.
Granit Xhaka, who committed a professional foul on Barrow as Swansea were about to break on us received a very harsh red card and I’d tend to agree with Arsene Wenger when he said it was a “very dark yellow” at the most.
That meant we played 20 minutes plus added time with 10 men and in that time Swansea had about 4 chances to steal an equaliser – although “steal” would be unfair as Swansea attacked with intent and looked dangerous every time they went forward.
In the end, it would have ended 3-3 or 5-2 as Theo Walcott hit the post and missed a sitter at the death, but the bottom line was we took home the 3 points and reached the summit of the Premier League after 8 games.
So what do you think? Were we lucky? Is winning games like this a sign of champions? Or are Arsenal riding their luck? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!