There’s some badly needed good news on the horizon for Arsenal after losing to relegation-threatened Swansea City.
Some poor form from Arsenal since New Year’s Eve was recouped by wins over Crystal Palace and in the Carabao Cup over Chelsea. But a resounding 3-1 defeat to a resurgent Swansea on Tuesday night means that it’s just two wins in eight games for the Gunners.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s debut did not go to plan.
By the time the Armenian came on at the hour mark, the game was in the balance at one-all, following goals from Nacho Monreal and Sam Clucas within two minutes of each other.
Just sixty seconds after Mkhitaryan’s first appearance in an Arsenal shirt, his teammate at the other end of the pitch suffered an absolute calamity. Shkodran Mustafi passed the ball back to goalkeeper Petr Cech, who proceeded to mis-kick the pass into the path of Andre Ayew.
This latest incident will only intensify the scrutiny that has surrounded the Czech this season.
Petr Cech: Has now committed four errors that have directly led to an opposition goal in the Premier League this season, more than any other player #SWAARS
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 30, 2018
Some poor defending allowed Clucas to put the game to bed after 86 minutes.
The loss leaves Arsenal in sixth in the Premier League table, still three points behind derby rivals Tottenham with a game more played. Carlos Carvalhal has now steered the Swans off the foot of the table to 17th, level on points with Newcastle and Brighton above them.
With Borussia Dortmund superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his way to the Emirates and Olivier Giroud seemingly departing, it’s all change for Arsene Wenger’s side up front.
On this evidence however, it’s the back line that needs attention.