Sharp counterattacking football key for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger wants to treat every single game from now on as cup games and he fielded an adventurous side despite missing the talisman Jack Wilshere.

However, away to Swansea City was always tough and the job was made harder as both the teams remained stalemate at half time.

Swansea had the lionshare of possession, so Arsenal had to rely on sharp counter attacking football. The Frenchman played Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott on either side of the wings in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

What this did was to allow the Gunners to play direct and at the same time generated pace. Diaby and Arteta kept an assured presence at the heart of midfield, while Cazorla was at the fulcrum of every brilliant attacking movement.

Further, Dyer drifted mainly from the wide positions to the centre to help Michu and De Guzman as a result of which Monreal was getting enough space to exploit and same with Carl Jenkinson on the other flanks. The two combined produced 11  crosses, with Monreal finding a goal to his name too.

Swansea probably are still in the hangover of the League Cup victory and running out of motivations. Arsenal are fighting for their lives. With three points on their kitty, the Gunners have taken a massive step closer to maintaining their Champions League presence.

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