Arsenal dominated at the Emirates in the first half, pinning Swansea into their own half and creating numerous chances. The two teams go in level at the break though, with Wayne Routledge equalising in controversial fashion. The goal cancelled out Joel Campbell’s opener, and Arsenal fans and players were not happy with the nature of the goal.
Mesut Özil was very visibly being held by Jordi Amat as the two contested an aerial ball, with the German thrown to the ground as the Spaniard won the ball. Arsenal wanted a free kick, but the referee was having none of it. Swansea capitalised on the confusion, playing Routledge into space so he could finish past Petr Cech.
It seemed a blatant foul by Amat, so it’s a mystery why the referee waved play on. Arsene Wenger was visibly furious, which seemed fair enough.
Arsenal were far and away the better side in the first half, but were guilty of not taking their chances. Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, and Aaron Ramsey were all guilty of passing up opportunities, with Giroud and Alexis rattling the woodwork on two occasions.
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Arsenal will need to do a little more in the second half to get all three points, and anything other than a win would be unacceptable in their current position.