Arsenal managed to hold on for a victory against heavy underdog Swansea City at Emirates Stadium, on Saturday, 1-0.

Arsenal got on the board in the first half, just five minutes before half time off a bizarre. Andrei Arshavin found the back of the net on a left-footed shot from long range despite a very difficult angle off a miscue by goalkeeper Michel Vorm. It was the 30-year-old Russian's first goal of the season.

Swansea received some quality defending when Theo Walcott slipped a ball by Vorm, but Steven Caulker, on loan from Tottenham, caught up to it before it could cross the goal line. Caulkner ended up tangled in the goal netting and the sequence.

For Arsene Wenger, it was his first win of the Premier League season, and a loss to Swansea after the 8-2 thumping from Manchester United would have been devastating.

The Gunners finally saw the debuts of newcomers Per Merstesacker, Mikel Arteta, and Yossi Benayoun. All three did a solid job in their first game.

Andre Santos, who was questionable for the match due to fitness, was on Wenger's 18-man roster for the match. Chu Young Park was also on the roster despite needing FIFA clearance. Neither Santos nor Park played in the match.

Both clubs came up short on great chances. In the 53rd minute, Scott Sinclair gave Arsenal a scare by striking the crossbar off a free kick.

In the 57th minute, van Persie created room to find his own shot, and ripped a right-footed blast from beyond the box that hit the post.

Swansea gave Arsenal a scare before the final whistle as they went on a late flurry in the final minutes, but simply couldn't score. Wojciech Szczesny was fortunate to avoid a goal in the six yard box from Danny Graham's volley off a header.

Arsenal took 17 shots, and only three were on goal. Swansea had eight shots, with only one on goal. Arsenal controlled possession for 57 percent of the match.

Swansea have played four matches and have yet to score.

 

 

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