Jan 14, 2017 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčLiberty Stadium
Attendance: 20,875
SwanseaSwansea City
0-4
Arsenal

Sung-Yueng (43'), Fer (78')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Giroud (37'), Cork (54' og.), Naughton (67' og.), Sanchez (73')

Live Commentary: Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal - as it happened

Paul Clement manager of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Middlesbrough at Pride Park Stadium on August 18, 2015
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Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Arsenal's 4-0 victory over Swansea City in the Premier League.

Arsenal have moved into third position in the Premier League table with a 4-0 victory away at Swansea City.

After a subdued start, Olivier Giroud gave the visitors the lead on 37 minutes before Jack Cork deflected Alex Iwobi's shot into his own net soon after the restart.

A second own goal courtesy of Kyle Naughton gave Arsenal breathing space, and Alexis Sanchez added a fourth with 17 minutes left.

Read below to see how the action unfolded at the Liberty Stadium.


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2.01pmHello, and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the match in the Premier League between Swansea City and Arsenal.

2.04pmAfter a break for FA Cup action, the Premier League returns with teams at both ends of the table looking to gain a valuable three points as they look to achieve their targets for the season. This fixtures involves a team at the top and bottom as Swansea host Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

2.07pmUPDATE! Before we continue onto the team news, let me point you in the direction of the match involving Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. The North London outfit have just extended their lead thanks to a goal from Harry Kane. Click here to follow the remaining minutes at White Hart Lane.

2.08pmAnyway, without further ado, let's take a look at the team news coming from South Wales.

2.10pmSWANSEA CITY XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Kingsley; Ki, Sigurdsson, Cork; Dyer, Llorente, Routledge

2.11pmSWANSEA CITY SUBSTITUTES: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Van Der Hoorn, Fulton, fer, Baston, McBurnie

2.12pmARSENAL XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi, Giroud

2.13pmARSENAL SUBSTITUTES: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas, Welbeck

2.18pmNew Swansea boss Paul Clement has made a total of four alterations to his side, but he is unable to call upon new signing Luciano Narsingh who is missing because of a calf injury. Fernando Llorente returns to the starting lineup, despite speculation linking him with a switch to Chelsea, with Borja Baston dropping back down to the bench. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski takes his place between the sticks for the visit of his former club.

2.22pmThe big team news for the Gunners is the return of Mesut Ozil, who has sat out the last three games through illness. He comes into the positions behind Olivier Giroud to partner Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez, while Aaron Ramsey features in midfield against the rivals of former club Cardiff City. Hector Bellerin is missing at right-back so Gabriel will move from the centre of defence to take his place.

2.26pmRESULT! The full-time whistle has gone at White Hart Lane and Spurs have ran out dominant 4-0 winners over a below-par West Bromwich Albion side. Harry Kane was the hero with a hat-trick but he and his teammates could have got their side into double figures this afternoon. Click here to have a read of our on-the-whistle report.

2.30pmHEAD TO HEAD! This afternoon's match represents just the 23rd time that these two teams have met in a competitive fixtures, with Swansea winning eight times in comparison to 11 victories for Arsenal. As many as 13 of the contests have come since Swansea earned promotion to the top flight in 2011 but the results have not been as one sided as you may think. Swansea have managed to record five triumphs and two draws during that time.

2.34pmThe most recent showdown came as recently as October 15 when Swansea made the trip to the Emirates Stadium under new boss at the time Bob Bradley. The performance produced and the spirit shown in that game suggested that Bradley would be around for a long time but it proved to be one of the few displays where the Welsh club play to their maximum level. Click here to take a look back at what turned out to be thrilling encounter in North London.

2.38pmArsenal supporters probably don't need reminding but we are going to say it anyway. That victory for Spurs has moved Mauricio Pochettino's team into second place in the Premier League table ahead of the remainder of the weekend's games. It also means that Arsenal cannot overtake their fierce rivals with a win and Spurs now hold a seven-goal advantage in terms of goal difference. Finishing above Spurs isn't everything to Arsenal fans but they will be aware that they cannot let them get too far ahead of them in the table. Bragging rights and a potential place in the Champions League could depend on it.

2.46pmSince arriving at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has managed 772 games in the Premier League but for Paul Clement, today marks his first. Some will say that he influence Swansea's win at Crystal Palace but officially, this is his first fixture in the top flight. He endured a short-lived spell with Derby County, despite guiding the club into a playoff position, and he has plenty of experience of the backroom staff at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but this is the first role where he will really feel under pressure from the off. Swansea are huge underdogs to gain a result against Arsenal but with the club sitting in the relegation zone, Clement will know that he gets to accumulate points from as many matches as possible.

2.50pmPREDICTION! It's hard to back anything other than three points for Arsenal. The Gunners have been in indifferent form of late but they are having little problem in scoring goals and we think they will ease to a 3-0 victory.

2.54pmSaturday afternoons are always packed with action and today is no different so make sure you keep our latest scores page open to keep track of all the games around Europe.

We are also covering a match from La Liga this afternoon as Barcelona host Las Palmas. Click here to keep up-to-date with the action from Camp Nou.


2.57pmIt's time for the two teams to make their way out at the Liberty Stadium. It's 7C in South Wales - which is considerably higher than it has been over the past 48 hours - but there is still a nip in the air. Let's hope the action is a lot warmer.

1 minWe are underway at the Liberty Stadium.

4 minThere's not a lot to separate the two teams during the opening stages. Both managers like to retain possession and that's the kind of game we are experiencing so far - plenty of passes in the middle of the park.

7 minMore of the same but Arsenal are starting to dominating possession now. They had one half-chance when Sanchez had the opportunity to flick the ball into the box but a Swansea defender was able to head away.

10 minIt's been a decent response from Swansea, who are spraying the ball about themselves without a lack of a cutting edge in the final third. Paul Clement will be pleased with this so far, though. Arsenal are posing no kind of a threat.

13 minDyer is continuing his recovery from injury in this game and he is proving to be a live-wire for the Swans. They need someone of his ability to spark them into life during the second half of the campaign.

14 minSHOT! The first opportunity of the match falls to Sigurdsson, who receives the ball on the edge of the penalty area before directing a shot on goal. However, he gets too much on his effort and it goes a couple of yards over the crossbar. He would have been expecting to hit the target from there.

17 minArsenal are yet to get going in this football match. They don't particularly look in danger of going behind but the likes of Giroud, Sanchez and Ozil have offered very little.

20 minSwansea are trying to bring Llorente more into the game but Koscielny is winning that battle so far. There's every chance that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will be looking on to see how the Spaniard performs against one of the best defenders in the league. He has been linked with a move for a player he worked with at Juventus.

24 minThere's still nothing coming from Arsenal. I'm not sure if that is down to how Swansea are set up or whether the Gunners are struggling to get going. I don't envisage Clement wanting to do anything differently the longer the game stays like this.

27 minSwansea put together a promising move down the right flank but both Naughton and Cork fail to make the most of possession and in the end, a deflected cross is followed by a deflected shot by Sigurdsson which is never threatening a goal.

28 minSHOT! Finally, something positive from Arsenal after Iwobi finds Sanchez on the left flank. The attacker cuts inside onto his right foot but he is denied by a solid stop by Fabianski at his near post.

32 minThis was a bit of a let-off for Arsenal. Mawson decided to take things into his own hands with a positive run from the back but despite advancing towards the shoulder of the final defender, Llorente opts to turn back and retain possession. The centre-back is far from happy.

35 minSwansea fans, you will probably be interested to hear how some of your rivals are doing. It's mixed news, with Hull currently drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace holding West Ham. However, Sunderland are getting thrashed by Stoke - the Potters are 3-0 up at the Stadium of Light!

37 minGOAL! Swansea City 0-1 Arsenal (Giroud)

37 minArsenal have been poor this afternoon but they take the lead through Giroud. A cross from Sanchez was headed towards goal by Ozil but after that was blocked, Giroud was perfectly placed to fire into the roof of the net from close range. It's harsh on Swansea but that's all it takes.

40 minGiroud appeared to have picked up a knock when scoring his goal and it appears that the Frenchman is coming off. Big blow to the Gunners.

45 minBOOKING! HUGE call from the referee. Ki goes down under the challenge of Koscielny in the penalty area and it looks a penalty. However, the referee decides to book him for diving. The replays suggest that the midfielder did drag his foot but there appeared to be enough contact to warrant a penalty. There will be one minute of added-on time.

45+1 minHALF TIME: Swansea City 0-1 Arsenal

3.48pmThe half-time whistle goes at the Liberty Stadium and Arsenal hold on to take a 1-0 lead into the break. They don't necessarily deserve their advantage but Wenger won't care. He has the chance to instigate a better performance after the restart.

46 minWe are back underway at the Liberty Stadium.

49 minBefore half time, it appeared that Giroud would be coming off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on but the scorer of Arsenal's goal seems to have recovered from whatever issue he sustained when scoring his goal.

51 minSwansea are still holding their own but Arsenal look so, so threatening on the break. Sanchez was twice provided with the opportunity to shoot but instead, he looked for a teammate in the box.

54 minGOAL! Swansea City 0-2 Arsenal (Cork own goal)

54 minThere are still 36 minutes left in this contest but I suspect that could be that. Iwobi's shot is goalbound but it takes a huge deflection off Cork and loops over the head of Fabianski. That's one for the dubious goals committee but for now, it will go down as an own goal.

60 minSUBSTITUTION! Wenger decides risking Giroud for the remaining half-hour so the change which was planned earlier in this match now that places as Oxlade-Chamberlain enters the action.

62 minSHOT! Better from Swansea who have Routledge turn sharply inside the penalty area before shooting on goal but Cech is equal to it to maintain his clean sheet. There's a feeling that the Swans need to build on that if they are to have any chance of claiming a point.

65 minCHANCE! In all fairness to Swansea, they continue to pose a threat to the Gunners but on this occasion, the chance fell to the wrong man. Fernandez was the man to be given the opportunity to shoot on goal inside the area but he sent his attempt into the stands.

67 minGOAL! Swansea City 0-3 Arsenal (Naughton own goal)

67 minMaybe not that well. Arsenal take a three-goal lead and it's another own goal. Yet again, Iwobi was the instigator and after taking on a defender, his cross was diverted into the net by Naughton. Game over.

70 minSUBSTITUTIONS! I think Clement accepts that his team aren't going to get anything from this match so he has opted to make two changes, with Cork and Llorente being replaced by Baston and McBurnie.

73 minGOAL! Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal (Sanchez)

73 minArsenal are running riot in south Wales. The scoreline is incredibly harsh on Swansea but they are starting to show why they are where they are. Oxlade-Chamberlain looked as though he was going to shoot but instead, he played the ball to Sanchez who lashed the ball into the net, leaving Fabianski with no chance.

77 minIt wouldn't come as a surprise if Arsenal add more goals to their tally and they probably should make more of a chance involving Iwobi and Sanchez. However, the ball doesn't sit down at the pivotal moment and Swansea are able to clear.

80 minSUBSTITUTION! Danny Welbeck is on for what is his first Premier League in over seven months. He has replaced Sanchez.

84 minCHANCE! Arsenal are not finished here and Granit Xhaka attempts to get on the scoresheet with a trademark venomous drive but Fabianski pulls off an excellent save to keep it at four.

86 minSHOT! To their credit, Swansea are still working hard but Sigurdsson's shot lacks the pace required to trouble Cech.

90 minThere will be three minutes of added-on time. The referee may as well blow up now because very little is happening.

90+3 minFULL TIME: Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal

4.54pmThe full-time whistle goes at the Liberty Stadium and Arsenal have eased to a 4-0 over hosts Swansea. The Gunners were second best for much of the first half but the home side didn't make enough of their early possession and succumbed to a heavy defeat.

4.55pmThat will be all from Sports Mole for this game but we hope that you can stick around for the fixture involving leaders Chelsea and defending champions Leicester City. Goodbye for now.

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates with Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud after Ozil scored his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London
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14Watford2266102538-1324
15Leicester CityLeicester2256112437-1321
16Middlesbrough2248101825-720
17Swansea CitySwansea2253142651-2518
18Crystal Palace2244143041-1116
19Hull City2244142047-2716
20Sunderland2243152042-2215