Arsenal's Trolley Dash Signings Struggle Against Swansea

It took five trolley dash Arsenal signings to make the game against Swansea something other than a team decimated with confidence trying to respond to a mauling. But how did they do?
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It took five trolley dash Arsenal signings to make the game against Swansea something other than a team decimated with confidence trying to respond to a mauling. But how did they do?

It took five trolley dash Arsenal signings to make the game against Swansea something other than a team decimated with confidence trying to respond to a mauling. But how did they do?

Desperate and last minute or not, signings bring optimism.

Arteta was hungry. Closing down Swansea, he almost made an immediate impact as he put Ramsey through on goal. His passing was as neat as it was expected. Although he tired late on, he continued to demand the ball and was an authoritative presence in the middle. A class act who's influence over his new side will grow stronger in the coming weeks.

To demonstrate just how f*cking massive he is, Per Mertersacker emerged for his debut alongside the miniature Arshavin. Whilst his passing was precise and his reading of the game good, there's an initial concern over his mobility and how he would deal with the small and quick. That said, German caps don't lie and as he settles into this Arsenal side he can only improve. He'll also be ideal for Stoke away. He and Crouch, giants roaming the pitch, battling to get their head to throw in after throw in.

With Park and Santos remaining on the bench, Benayoun made his debut in place of the goalscorer Arshavin. He looked strange in an Arsenal kit but was busy and will add a creative depth to the squad.

Whilst mock chants of "We are staying up" from the Arsenal fans will prove just that, there already seems a limit on that which can be achieved this season.  'Champions' would sound almost as foolish.

Remember when Arsenal needed a keeper?

Game to game, strength to strength. At the moment  Wojciech Szczesny can do no wrong. You might think the confidence of a keeper who'd just conceded eight would be shaken, even though blame wasnt his. As he beat the forward with a Cruyff turn on his weaker foot it was clear Old Trafford hadn't scarred. His decisiveness sees him coming for crosses in commanding fashion, adding a reassurance to the defence which Almunia would only delete. Even when he misjudged one late on, the Swans failed to take advantage.

There's a mistake in Szczesny but we should enjoy everything he's doing now, safe in the knowledge that when he does f*ck up he'll know he's still great and perform as such the following week.

In a game where Theo Walcott was overshadowed by Scott Sinclair, how much longer will England international be allowed to frustrate out wide?

Walcott is not a winger. Head down, he blindly runs into dead end alleys, forgetting the ball or running into the defender. Arsene insists on playing him on the flank, but here Walcott fails to utilise that which makes him an Arsenal and England player, for without pace he surely would be neither.

You sense he's just as frustrated with playing out wide as we are of watching him there. An ego is growing on the pitch, in stark contrast to the polite boy to be found off it. He switches off after another fruitless run ends with the defender coming away with the ball, stopping whilst the game goes on and looking for free kick from the linesman which will excuse his ineffectiveness. When that doesn't come he takes out the defender and picks up a yellow card.

Put him up front, where he craves to be. Playing on the shoulder of the defender and supplied by Van Persie. He'd be a different player. A player who wouldn't have to think about beating the full back because any defender will be behind him as pace takes him away and bearing down on goal with the keeper to beat.

A win is a win

Arshavin was presented with a generous but difficult chance via a goalkeeping howler set for a sh*t DVD compilation out in time for Christmas

With the sun beating down and the rain dripping, Swansea City started to dominate possession. I was impressed by the newly promoted Welsh. Their desire to pass the ball is pleasant on the eye and they almost took the lead but for the heroics of Szczesny. It would have been their first Premier League goal and one which could not have been begrudged. Arsenal were almost struggling.

Coming off the back of embarrassment at Old Trafford the three points is more than welcome, but the manner in which they came will do little to instill belief. Even the goal was lucky. A strange afternoon turned comical as Arshavin was presented with a generous but difficult chance via a goalkeeping howler set for a sh*t DVD compilation out in time for Christmas. The Russian dispatched superbly without thought, but Arsenal remained one-dimensional as they nervously staggered towards and over the finish line.

The season starts here for Arsenal. The new players will be integrated and one promise day injury might even relent to enable Arsene to field a full strength side.

These are reasons to be positive, until you look north to Manchester and the ease with which both City and United are swatting away those that come before them.

Whilst mock chants of "We are staying up" from the Arsenal fans will prove just that, there already seems a limit on that which can be achieved this season.  'Champions' would sound almost as foolish.

If you offered me fourth right now I'd sadly but happily sign up without hesitation. Prove me wrong.

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