Arsenal secured a thrilling 3-2 win over Swansea City at the Emirates on Saturday, with Mesut Ozil scoring on his birthday with a superb finish to secure a sixth straight Premier League win for his side.
The Gunners went 2-0 up through a Theo Walcott double, but saw their lead reduced by an excellent finish from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
While that gave the visitors hope of returning home with something to show for their efforts, Ozil produced this stunning finish to restore Arsenal’s two-goal cushion only to see Granit Xhaka see red with 20 minutes remaining after Swansea had made it 3-2.
Happy birthday Mesut Ozil.. pic.twitter.com/LyKBo7LqD7
— Mohamed ELNneny (@ELNnenyM) October 15, 2016
Both sides had chances late on as an exhilarating game went down to the wire, but ultimately Arsenal held on for all three points to inflict a defeat on Bob Bradley in his first Premier League game as a manager.
Walcott should have had a hat-trick but was unfortunate on one occasion before missing a great opportunity in the dying stages of the game.
Nevertheless, Wenger will be pleased to come away with the victory given the nature of the game as his side move level with Manchester City, who dropped points at home to Everton, at the top of the Premier League table on 19 points.
Rivals Tottenham also dropped points after they were held away at West Bromwich Albion, and so overall it was a positive day for Arsenal but with much to think about having been given a real scare by Swansea.