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Arsene Wenger relieved to overcome Swansea after slow start

The Gunners trailed 1-0 at half time to Paul Clement’s side

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Arsene Wenger felt his Arsenal side were “laboured” and “slow” in the first half of their Premier League clash with Swansea – before they hit back to take all three points.

Swansea, who had won on three of their previous five league visits to the Emirates Stadium, set up defensively but went in at half-time in front thanks to Sam Clucas’ first goal for the club. Arsenal had toiled for large parts of the half, with only Alexis Sanchez stinging the palms of Lukasz Fabianski as Swansea’s defence held firm.

But – in Wenger’s 800th Premier League game in charge – it was a different story after the interval as Sead Kolasinac levelled less than six minutes after the restart before laying on the winner as Aaron Ramsey tucked away his cross to seal a 2-1 win for the Gunners.

“At half-time, I could be worried because we were 1-0 down and I knew that Swansea had conceded only one away goal the whole season,” Wenger said.

“For us it was important to play quicker, sharper, with more penetration, changing sides quicker and putting them more under pressure, which we did in the second half. In the first half, we looked dominating but a bit laboured, too slow in our game.”

Arsenal moved to just one point behind third-placed Tottenham as a result of their win but face a tough trip to leaders Manchester City next weekend.

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