Jeers greeted the final whistle at Emirates Stadium, as manager Arsene Wenger’s side dropped more points and fell further behind in the battle to break back into the top four. Gunners fans backing the ‘Black Scarf Movement’ had demonstrated around the ground before kick-off, complaining at the perceived commercialisation of the club following their move to the Emirates Stadium. On the pitch, Wenger opted to deploy Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the central striker role ahead of Theo Walcott, who had netted an early goal in the midweek 1-1 draw at Everton. However, it was Swansea who were the first to press, with a free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area eventually being hacked away by Per Mertesacker.
low, angled drive with his follow-up effort also blocked by the agile Pole. Arsenal failed to get any sort of rhythm together in the first 20 minutes, far too careless in possession and lacking ideas in the final third. Carl Jenkinson, in for injured right-back Bacary Sagna, whipped a cross through the six-yard box, but Gervinho could not make contact. The hosts finally got some momentum, with Santi Cazorla headed at Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel after another good cross from Jenkinson.
Jonathan de Guzman whipped his free-kick up over the wall, but also the crossbar. Arsenal offered little in way of attacking threat, and when Podolski did send over a good cross from the left, Gervinho failed to make a clean connection as the ball bounced away to the corner flag – which just about summed up the first half for the hosts. Arsenal emerged with much more vigour for the restart. Cazorla shot straight at the goalkeeper following good work by Jack Wilshere.