5 Things We Learned From Swansea 2-1 Arsenal


Garry Monk’s Quiet Revolution Goes On

When he was appointed to succeed Michael Laudrup last season there was plenty of scoffing in the direction of Garry Monk. He wasn’t a ‘name’ manager who would breeze into South Wales and raise the club’s profile, but rather he was a man educated their way of doing things. It’s working.

They might still be an inconsistent side, but when they raise their game on occasions such as this then they can make their Liberty Stadium home one of the toughest places to go in the Premier League. They’ll be fine again this season under a manager who is improving as much as he is learning.

 

Everyone Can See Arsenal’s Problems, So Why Can’t Arsene Wenger?

Here we go again, then. Another post-game lament about Arsenal’s weak defence and the lack of protection in front of it.

Injuries have hit the Gunners hard of course, but when have they not? Arsene Wenger cannot keep making the same mistakes and expecting different outcomes. The decision to play Nacho Monreal at centre-back might have been enforced, but surely a swap with right-back Calum Chambers would have at least made for a better temporary solution?

 

Jefferson Montero Will Only Get Better

The sight of a Swansea team with neither one of Wayne Routledge or Nathan Dyer on the wings might have been a strange one, but with Jefferson Montero around there was never going to be a lack of pace.

The Ecuadorian gave Chambers a torrid time all afternoon, with his cross for Bafetimbi Gomis’s winner proving crucial and just the final impressive act on an afternoon full of them. He’s only going to get better and better with time.

 

Alexis Sanchez Can Be A Poacher Too

When you’re in form the chances always seem to fall to you, and the space that Alexis Sanchez made for himself in the build-up to Arsenal’s goal simply begged Danny Welbeck to lay the ball on a plate for him.

It was a strike which showcased that, whilst we’ve seen Sanchez’s other and obvious qualities recently during what has been some stellar form, he can also be a goal poacher, and should always be utilised as close to Welbeck as possible in order to form a partnership.

 

Chelsea Will Win The League Because Of Everyone Else

Just four points now separate West Ham in fourth to Tottenham in 12th, making the Premier League a staggeringly condensed division but also proving that no-one is consistent enough to challenge Chelsea.

The Blues should run away with it because they are a very good team, but also because no-one else is standing up to them, bar Southampton for now.

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