After a slow opening 45 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, Arsenal put on the pressure in the second half, scoring three goals to leave Wales with a win over Swansea City.
[ RECAP: Swansea City 0-3 Arsenal ]
With Arsenal battling injuries, Swansea had a good opportunity to take points from the Gunners, especially after a very poor first half from the visitors.
Arsene Wenger admitted his team was slow in the opening stages of the match, but that it looked like a “different team” after the break.
They took six points off us last year, and that shows that we have moved forward.
We had a difficult first half where we didn’t find our rhythm, our pace, our decisiveness. The second half was a different team; after we scored the first goal, it was all us.
[Swansea] gave a lot in the first half and closed us down everywhere. Our technical level took over in the second half, we upped our pace as well, and from then on it was more difficult for them.
Wenger was also very happy with the play of Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell, who both tallied in the win. After coming under fire for his goalscoring abilities, Giroud has responded by scoring five times in his past seven appearances for Arsenal. Joel Campbell took advantage of the Gunners’ injury problems, grabbing a goal in his first Premier League start for the club.