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Summary

  1. Swansea manager Bob Bradley takes charge for first time
  2. Alexis Sanchez starts for Arsenal

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Thank you for joining me today. I now have to finish off a match report.

You can read it by clicking here. Thanks for all your tweets today and hopefully both sets of fans can take positives from that one.

FULL-TIME

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

A cracking game, I do hope you enjoyed the commentary. There were times where Arsenal looked vulnerable there, hanging on and two half-chances - both headers - could have won Swansea a late point.

That said, Theo Walcott should have scored two late goals to open the deficit a little, it's hard to tell if Arsene Wenger will be happy or not. Yes his side have won again but they made a right dog's dinner of it.

Oh and Granit Xhaka should be on the naughty step all week long after leaving them with 10 men and in a right state.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

The Welsh side lose the ball and we have a photo copy of the Arsenal break from 10 minutes ago. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can cross for Theo Walcott, it's two against one. He picks out Walcott and is this his hat-trick... no. This time he fires over.

What a chance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Will we get one more attack? Swansea have it...

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

A ball swung into the box but Laurent Koscielny is brave and stoops to head clear.

Arsene Wenger is pointing at the corner, telling Petr Cech to boot the ball in there.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

We will have four added minutes and Arsenal have the ball deep in Swansea territory.

Bob Bradley will probably be pleased with this,his boys have been gutsy. Federico Fernández just saw a header saved smartly by Petr Cech. They come forward again...

Bob Bradley
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Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Leroy Fer rises at the back post, half a chance, on target but into the hands of Petr Cech. Arsenal hanging on but the door not exactly being blown down by too strong a Swansea wind.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

In comes a Swansea corner. Headed clear.

A break on for Arsenal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will lead it. He finds Theo Walcott and he has scored....NO. Off the inside of the post and across the line. He couldn't get any closer.

Theo Walcott
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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Alexis Sanchez must be pretty wiped after his international exploits on the other side of the glove. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on. A double switch, Mesut Ozil off for Kieran Gibbs.

Some good news for Arsenal, Modou Barrow is going to hobble off. Angel Rangel on.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Modou Barrow has Nacho Monreal on toast. The full-back cannot handle the direct approach of the Swansea man. Again Barrow opens up and takes his man on, cutting a splendid ball into the path of Gylfi Sigurdsson who blazes over from 16 yards. He would have been the man Swansea wanted on it, his usual composure briefly lacking.

Gylfi Sigurdsson
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CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

If anyone deserves a  goal today it's Modou Barrow. He's on the end of a clever chip from Wayne Routledge but heads tamely at Petr Cech. He was in acres, as was Borja Baston for a header down.

At the other end Mesut Ozil is in but flagged. End to end now. Something brewing in this one...

Fer
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Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Arsenal are in danger of losing their heads now as they concede a free-kick deep in their own half. "You don't know what you're doing", shout home fans as they target referee Jonathan Moss.

In comes the delivery, a good punch from Petr Cech.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton and Sunderland winger on Final Score

Arsenal have totally dominated the game but two sloppy moments in the first half and it could have been 2-2. 

Swansea have gotten themselves right back in it. Borja Baston has really impressed me.

RED CARD - Granit Xhaka

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Dear me. There are howls at BBC Sport, there must be drama in another game somewhere and then a cry from me. What is Granit Xhaka thinking?

Modou Barrow - that man again - beats his man with a nice flick and as Xhaka gives chase he just flicks out with his left leg to essentially chop Barrow down.

It's not too dangerous but it is cynical. He knew what he was doing. Jonathan Moss didn't like it and that's a straight red.

Granit Xhaka is sent-off
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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Francis Coquelin in for Alex Iwobi. That looks like a defensive switch. A sign of the times?

GOAL

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea (Borja Baston)

Surely not, surely not.

Modou Barrow is not giving up and attacks Arsenal down the right. He has been the best player for the visitors without a doubt. This time his effort is nicely rounded off with a low cross and substitute Borja Baston cannot really miss. It's into his stride and he rolls it low into the net.

Borja Baston celebrates
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Arsenal 3-1 Swansea

The only thing that can scupper Arsenal now is a real meltdown for someone at the back. Laurent Koscielny gives us an example, losing the ball deep only for Modou Barrow to pass to an offside Borja Baston.

Iwobi reminds me of...

Arsenal 3-1 Swansea

Arsenal celebrate and Jay Jay Okocha
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Alex Iwobi has three assists to show for his work in the league this season, not bad for a 20-year-old who has spent just 288 minutes on the pitch ahead of today.

“He reminds me of his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha,” said Iwobi's team-mate Mesut Ozil. “He was a player I loved watching. Alex reminds me of a mixture of him and Edgar Davids. He’s really strong on the ball, also defensively, but he’s good in front of goal too.

“He knows exactly what he can do. He isn’t scared and doesn’t hide on the pitch. He’s developing really well and if he continues the way he’s been playing the whole season, he will really enhance his game."

Arsenal 3-1 Swansea

You get the sense there are more goals coming. Suddenly Swansea look a little leggy and the Arsenal forward players are looking a little ruthless. You can almost sense they are eyeing some personal glory.

Alex Iwobi has been very good indeed.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 3-1 Swansea

Leon Britton departs, Borja Baston enters. Hardly one to strike fear into Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil thinks he's in again but the flag goes up, rightly so.

Arsenal 3-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton and Sunderland winger on Final Score

He's a shinner! Ozil has shinned it right into the top corner!

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates
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GOAL

Arsenal 3-1 Swansea (Mesut Ozil)

Turn out the lights. This one is done and dusted.

Alexis Sanchez has not been his typical best but his vision and the weight on his cross gives Mesut Ozil half a chance. I stress, half a chance. The ball is coming across from Ozil's right and he takes it without a bounce, a left-foot volley high into the top corner at the near post. 

A goal of class. 

Mesut Ozil celebrates
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CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Theo Walcott should be a hat-trick hero.

Some magic from Alex Iwobi, you can tell he is Jay-Jay Okocha's nephew as his feet dazzled, the tricks were supreme. His clipped cross is into the path of Theo Walcott and he has to score, arriving right on time. He side-foots at goal and Lukasz Fabianski dives to his left and clings on.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea
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Leon Britton down the right, not a man who will take several on. He finds Modou Barrow and his flick back to Britton creates a chance to cross, good defending though and Arsenal win a goal kick.

It's a lot more edgy than it should have been that's for sure.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Swansea are showing signs of belief early on in this secound period. Gylfi Sigurdsson is seemingly loving this false nine role and drops deep to slide a ball through to the leggy Modou Barrow.

The wide man shifts, eating into the lead Laurent Koscielny held over him and the French defender has to slide to prod the ball desperately into the path of Shkodran Mustafi who boots clear. Pace terrifies defenders. They looked petrified suddenly.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Anyone else think he's calling for a time out?

Sorry Swans fans, no more America-themed banter.

Still, at least he dressed in a positive colour on his big day.

Bob Bradley
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YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Not for the first time Theo Walcott is in the wars. He was backing in to Neil Taylor and got caught a bit. Taylor cares little and just wants to take a throw in.

Seconds later though the Swansea left-back absolutely clatters through Mesut Ozil. That's a yellow. It was late, the challenge of a man who is maybe rusty on what is just his third league outing this season.

KICK-OFF

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

And off we go again, Swansea over the ball but possession is quickly surrendered. If they lose here, it would equal their worst ever start to a league season.

A big job on their hands to avoid an unwanted tag then.

Bradley's road...

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Bob Bradley
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It has been some road for Bob Bradley from Ohio to Swansea over 35 years.

The man who began his managerial career aged 22 at Ohio Bobcats in 1981 has done it the hard way. After Ohio he spent 11 years at Princeton Tigers. If you count up his roles as either a manager or assistant, he's had 13 before arriving in south Wales.

What does he have to show for it? In club football he's won the MLS Cup once, the US Open Cup twice and at international level the Concacaf Gold Cup with USA once during his five-year spell in charge of the national side from 2006.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

So what do you think Arsenal fans? Kicking yourself over that Swansea goal I'm sure. You could have put the feet up and prepared for Champions League competition in midweek.

Looking at the stats, the pass kings out there are Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi, both around 94% completion, as is Jack Cork of Swansea.

HALF-TIME

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea
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I must admit, the way the momentum just piled up against Swansea there after Theo Walcott's quick double, I did fear for them.

That goal to give them hope was a true gift. The game looked over, Swansea stumbling around on the ropes waiting for a third and a knockout. Instead they get a donation from Granit Xhaka and this one is still alive.

Time for Bob Bradley's first half-time chat. Will he summon something inspirational. Americans love a good old pumped up rally cry. Go Bob...

CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

A key moment at the death in the opening period. Jord Amat is up with the cavalry as Swansea look to swing a free-kick in. Good out-swinger, pace on it, Amat will get to this 10 yards out... saved by Petr Cech.

A decent downward header, just not in the corner. A very good opening.

The go-to man...

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Alexis Sanchez
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Alexis has played twice for Chile in the past 10 days, including a meeting with Peru on Wednesday.

He's not been too prominent today, Theo Walcott taking the helm. Walcott needs some treatment having been caught by a hand in the face. Nothing too heavy, he just got a poke in the eye I think.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Alexis Sanchez eyes one from 30 yards, deflected wide. Can Arsenal open a two-goal cushion again before the break? That would kill Swansea you feel. Good claim by Lukasz Fabianski.

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lJaz: Just what swansea needed. A goal before half time! What a finish.

Kelvin Kusako: What a silly goal to give away Arsenal. Swansea back in the game just like that.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scores
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Bob's belters...

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Bruce Springsteen
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So Bob Bradley has wound up in the land of song, a place where a male-voice choir is common and where new-born babies sing rather than scream. He must now be thinking about his half-time tunes.

Speaking to BBC Wales Sport he said he'd have to slowly inch in on the music in the Swansea City dressing room: "The players choose the music to start with and then every now and again I say 'who picked this? Any of you guys know who Van Morrison is, Bruce Springsteen?' I'm going to start to get a little bit in there."

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson has his back to goal some 10 yards out after good work by Modou Barrow. Can he wriggle and shoot? He can wriggle all right but Shkodran Mustafi does enough to force the Swansea man into shooting well wide. What an end to the half from the Welsh side.

GOAL

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea (Gylfi Sigurdsson)

Seconds after a ball over the top had a little too much pace on for Gylf Sigurdsson to prosper, he has no such worries in firing in from 20 yards.

The blame for this one falls at the feet of Granit Xhaka as he gets caught in possession deep in his half. The ball instantly falls to Sigurdsson and he picks his spot, curling in with pace. Arsene Wenger will be pulling his hair out. Bob Bradley would have done the same earlier in the half if he had any.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City celebrates
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'A poor goal'

Arsenal 2-0 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton and Sunderland winger on Final Score

When you take Ashley Williams out of the Swansea side, the real organiser, you have to wonder where the leadership is coming from?

That is a poor goal.

'Arsenal need to be there in May'

Arsenal 2-0 Swansea

Martin Keown

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal are going very well at the moment but it's not about getting pats on the back now, it's about getting them in May. That's why many Arsenal fans remain doubtful about their chances of mounting a serious challenge for the Premier League title.