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Arsenal fell to defeat to Swansea City in nightmare fashion as Petr Cech’s awful error led to a 3-1 defeat for the Gunners at the Liberty Stadium.
Nacho Monreal gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead in the first half, but that was as good as it got for the visitors as their lead lasted less than a minute.
Sam Clucas levelled it up before Ayew’s second-half goal, and the forward then set up Clucas for his second late on.
Here are our Arsenal player ratings, stats and reaction from a night to forget for the north Londoners…
Man of the match
For a tireless performance and even a goal brought about from that extra work rate in attack, we’re giving it to Swansea front-man Jordan Ayew.
The Ghana international was a constant thorn in Arsenal’s side as Swansea dominated almost from start to finish, in truth.
Finally, Ayew’s terrific running also saw him set up the third for Sam Clucas and kill the game against the Gunners in the final few minutes.
Flop of the match
It might be too easy to blame it on Cech when the whole Arsenal team were so poor, but his error gave Swansea the momentum at the crucial moment.
While the Gunners were not at their best with the score tied at 1-1, you’d still fancy them to carve out some chances in the closing stages, but Cech put them under huge pressure.
The Czech Republic international looks well past his best now and his wait for his 200th Premier League clean sheet goes on despite him reaching 199 seven games ago.
Petr Cech now stuck on 199 Premier League clean sheets for the 7th consecutive game…
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
West Brom 1-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea
Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1-1 Arsenal pic.twitter.com/JsYnZW6xLe
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) January 30, 2018
Stat of the match
This says it all about Arsenal right now…in some of their worst form under Arsene Wenger:
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 30, 2018
Arsenal player ratings
Petr Cech – 5
Laurent Koscielny – 6
Shkodran Mustafi – 6
Hector Bellerin – 5
Nacho Monreal – 7
Mohamed Elneny – 6 (Sub: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6)
Granit Xhaka – 6
Aaron Ramsey – 5
Mesut Ozil – 7
Alex Iwobi – 6 (Sub: Olivier Giroud – 6)
Alexandre Lacazette – 6
Aside from the standard anger aimed at Cech and Wenger, there’s also fear about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s plane turning around…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang right now pic.twitter.com/MEFo4wGkzj
— Football Betting and Tips (@Footbetip) January 30, 2018
Aubameyang might want to get back on his private jet and go back to Dortmund!! Why would any one want to join Arsenal?
— Stuart (@stu_990) January 30, 2018
— Harroldinho (@Harry_White96) January 30, 2018
— Ethan MUFC Devil’s (@EthanMUFC24) January 30, 2018
Aubameyang is currently on a plane back to Dortmund. Witnesses report him shouting ‘fuck this shit’ whilst boarding the plane #AFC
— Josh Lewer (@JoshLeweeer) January 30, 2018
Sorry but it’s surly time for wenger to go! It’s getting tragic now
— Mikey Conneh (@ConnehMike) January 30, 2018
Wenger needs to go asap. No transfer can hide his failings
— Rayhill Dhansey (@RayhillDhansey) January 30, 2018
— Gunner 365×24 (@Gunner365x24) January 30, 2018
Cech poor for the first goal, all we needed after that was a fucking howler. He’s finished at this level
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) January 30, 2018