MOTD- Wigan Athletic 2-3 Swansea City

Swansea have stolen a valuable three points from a desperate Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, with Roberto Martinez’s side set to be relegated to the Championship. Wigan almost had a nightmare start when Roger Espinoza gave the ball away to Wayne Routledge with a slack pass back to goalkeeper Joel Robles, but luckily for Espinoza, Routledge could only direct his shot into the side-netting. The Lactics were soon dominating though, and Swansea spent much of the first ten minutes of the match back in their own half. Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm saved Arouna Kone’s long range shot in the eighth minute, before Robles strangely picked up Gary Caldwell’s back-pass in the fifteenth minute. Ashley Williams smashed the resulting indirect free-kick from eight yards out over the bar, giving Wigan a lucky break.

Wigan kept much of the possession, but despite Shaun Malon’s menacing free-kick from twenty-five yards out dipping into the hands of Vorm in the forty-first minute,a largely forgettable first half looked to end 0-0. But, just before the end of the half, Wigan deservedly took the lead with the last kick of the half. Emerson Boyce laid it off to Ben Watson on the right, who beautifully curled a deep cross to the far post, which Vorm punched away. The ball fell to Espinoza on the edge of the box, and the Honduran hit a low first time volley that screamed by the bunch of Swansea players on the goal-line into the back of the net. Continue reading

MOTD- Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have gotten a good 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with Spurs rising above Chelsea into thir place in the Premier League. Tottenham started the match on top, and amazingly took the lead in the sixth minute when Jan Vertonghen played the ball to Gareth Bale in the center of the Swansea half. Vertonghen ventured forward, and Bale chipped the ball above the Swansea defense to Vertonghen. The center-back took the ball out of the air, and coolly volleyed past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to put Tottenham 1-0 up. Spurs started to dominate possession, with Swansea starting to fall out of the match. Tottenham almost doubled their lead in the twelfth minute when a brilliant through ball put Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo international took the ball into the box, and hit a low shot on goal, but the shot was easily saved by an oncoming Vorm.

Spurs stayed on top, and doubled their lead in the twentieth minute when Vertonghen played the ball to Bale right outside the Swansea box. Bale hit a beautiful first-time outside of the boot shot that curled into the corner of the net leaving Vorm hapless. Swansea started to get themselves back into the match, but needed a miracle to come back into the match before halftime. The Swans almost scored in the thirtieth minute when Nathan Dyer met a cross form two yards out from goal. Dyer’s header looked like it was in, but hit the top crossbar and bounced wide. Tottenham slowed the tempo of the match, and neither side could score again before the break, and after two minutes of injury time, the first half ended 2-0. Continue reading

MOTD halftime- Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur are up 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium, with Swansea needing a small miracle to get themselves back into the match. Tottenham started the match on top, and amazingly took the lead in the sixth minute when Jan Vertonghen played the ball to Gareth Bale in the center of the Swansea half. Vertonghen ventured forward, and Bale chipped the ball above the Swansea defense to Vertonghen. The center-back took the ball out of the air, and coolly volleyed past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to put Tottenham 1-0 up. Spurs started to dominate possession, with Swansea starting to fall out of the match. Tottenham almost doubled their lead in the twelfth minute when a brilliant through ball put Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo international took the ball into the box, and hit a low shot on goal, but the shot was easily saved by an oncoming Vorm.

Spurs stayed on top, and doubled their lead in the twentieth minute when Vertonghen played the ball to Bale right outside the Swansea box. Bale hit a beautiful first-time outside of the boot shot that curled into the corner of the net leaving Vorm hapless. Swansea started to get themselves back into the match, but needed a miracle to come back into the match before halftime. The Swans almost scored in the thirtieth minute when Nathan Dyer met a cross form two yards out from goal. Dyer’s header looked like it was in, but hit the top crossbar and bounced wide. Tottenham slowed the tempo of the match, and neither side could score again before the break, and after two minutes of injury time, the first half ended 2-0.

MOTD preview: Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Swansea City are set to take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium in Wales, with Spurs looking to discontinue the bad form they were on before the international break. Spurs had lost three successive matches before the break, and come into the match off the back of a surprising 1-0 loss to Fulham. Swansea have also been on bad form, losing their last two matches, a 2-0 loss to Arsenal and a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Both sides also had multiple players representing their countries, with Swansea’s Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Ki Sung-yueng and Jonathan de Guzman representing their nationalities, but most of Michael Laudrup lineup were not away. Tottenham had a dozen players out representing their nation, which will give Swansea a boost.

Spurs sit in fourth place in the Premier League and they way things stand will achieve Champions League qualification for the first time since 2011. Swansea are in ninth place, and could have a tough time against Spurs, but will give the London side a run for their money. Gareth Bale and Michu are the side’s top scorers, with Bale being on fantastic form scoring ten goals in his last ten club matches. Whether Bale continues on his good form, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my halftime and full time reviews, right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD- Swansea City 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal achieved a valuable win against Swansea City in the Premier League, keeping Champions League qualification in their sight.   The match started evenly with both sides maintaining possession well, and Arsenal almost going up in the fifth minute through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.  The Arsenal youngster took the ball down the left flank, ran past a Swansea defender just inside the Swansea box, and curled a shot from eight yards out.  The shot beat Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, clipped off the top crossbar and bounced out.  Swansea started to pressure Arsenal, and kept possession inside their own half.  They almost got rewarded for their possession in the thirteenth minute when Ki Sung-Yueng played a perfect through ball to Angel Rangel to put Rangel in on goal, but the Spaniard horribly sliced his shot wide.

In the seventeenth minute Swansea again almost got on the scoreboard when Jonathan De Guzman cut out a Carl Jenkinson pass right outside the Arsenal box.  De Guzman played the ball to Michu on the left side of the Arsenal box, and the Spaniard turned and fired a curling shot to the far post that went inches wide.  Arsenal started to get themselves back into the game, but had to wait until the fortieth minute to get another good chance, and when Santi Cazorla laid the ball off to Oxlade-Chamberlain twenty-five yards out form the Swansea goal, the Englishman hit a dipping shot that skimmed of the crossbar and bounced wide.  Swansea still looked slightly the better side though, and when Ashley Williams played a through ball for Michu in the closing seconds of the half, Michu was called just offside when he would have been in on goal.  After two minutes of added time, the first half ended 0-0 with the match still open for the taking.

Arsenal started the second half strongly and quickly managed to give Abou Diaby space for a shot twenty-five yards out from goal, but the Frenchman pulled his shot over the bar.  Arsenal kept up their strong start, and in the fiftieth minute Giroud played the ball to Cazorla right outside the Swansea box, and the little Spaniard’s dipping shot forced Vorm to make a good save to his right.  Swansea started to get themselves back into the game, and were in full control of the match by the fifty-fifth minute.

Pablo Hernandez almost put Swansea in front in the sixtieth minute when a De Guzman cross found him at the front post, and Hernandez’s right footed shot forced Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to produce his first save of the match.  With Arsenal needing a boost, Arsene Wenger (the Arsenal manager) brought on Gervinho for Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Gervinho his presence in the match made an immediate impact on the match when Santi Cazorla started a storming run twenty-five yards out from goal.  Cazorla took the ball to the left side of the Swansea box and hit a low cross that Giroud took for himself when letting it roll to Aaron Ramsey at the back post seemed a much better option.  The chance looked over, but instead of shooting Giroud laid the ball to Nacho Monreal on the edge of the box, and the Spaniard cut the ball on to his left foot and drove a low shot that snuck into the left side of the net to put Arsenal up in the seventy-fourth minute.

Swansea tried to get an equalizer, but Arsenal kept strong and managed to seal the three points in the first minute of stoppage time when Mikel Arteta played Ramsey into space on the left on a counter-attack, and Ramsey put Gervinho in on goal with a through ball.  Gervinho took the ball into the Swansea box, and despite having a reputation of missing good chances, coolly slotted the ball past Vorm and into the back of the net from the edge of the box.  After the three minutes of injury time, the match ended 2-0 with Arsenal climbing into fifth place with the win.
Man of the Match: Gervinho

MOTD halftime- Swansea City 0-0 Arsenal

Arsenal are tied 0-0 with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with the match still open for the taking. The match started evenly with both sides keeping possession of the ball, and Arsenal almost went up in the fifth minute through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Oxlade-Chamberlain took the ball down the left flank, and ran past a Swansea defender just inside the Swansea box, and curled a shot from eight yards out.  The shot curled past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, and clipped off the top crossbar and bounced out.  Swansea started to pressure Arsenal, and started to have lots of possession inside the Arsenal half.  They almost got rewarded for their possession in the thirteenth minute when Ki Sung-Yueng played a perfect through ball to Angel Rangel to put Rangel in on goal, but the Spaniard horribly sliced his shot wide.

In the seventeenth minute Swansea again almost got on the scoreboard when Jonathan De Guzman cut out a Carl Jenkinson pass right outside the Arsenal box.  De Guzman played the ball to Michu on the left side of the Arsenal box, and the Spaniard turned with the ball and fired a curling shot to the far post that went inches wide.  Arsenal started to get themselves back into the game, but had to wait until the fortieth minute to get another good chance, and when Santi Cazorla laid the ball of to Oxlade-Chamberlain twenty-five yards out form the Swansea goal, the Englishman hit a dipping shot that skimmed of the crossbar and bounced wide.  Swansea still looked slightly the better side though, and when Ashley Williams played a through ball for Michu in the closing seconds of the half, Michu was called just offside when he would have been in on goal.  After two minutes of added time, the first half ended 0-0 with the match still open for the taking.  The second half is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

Arsenal express intrest in Ashley Williams

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has expressed interest in Swansea City centre-back Ashley Williams who also attracted interest from Liverpool a few weeks ago. Wenger has reportedly lost faith in Arsenal’s current centre-backs Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker who have allowed fourteen goals in the last ten games. They will be bidding for the twenty-eight year old in the summer, and will cost them in the region of £8 million. Williams recently won the Capital One Cup with Swansea, and has only allowed four goals in Swansea’s last ten matches. The Welsh international moved to Swansea in 2008 from Stockport County for about £400,000 and got his first cap for Wales in 2008 and now captains them.