After a disappointing League Cup exit to Sheffield Wednesday last week, the prospect of a trip to south west Wales was one which could easily have been cause for concern with even the most optimistic of Arsenal fans.
Instead, Arsene Wenger’s men produced a resolute first-half defensive display, before a trio of goals post-interval ensured a happy trip back to London.
To take a draw from the Liberty Stadium is often the sign of a respectable performance, but Arsenal’s victory was just the latest indication that injuries or not, the London club are serious title contenders this season.
Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell – in his first league start for the club – claimed a goal each in a win which has moved the Gunners into 13/10 to win the Premier League this term.
With eight first-team players out injured, Campbell’s performance in particular will have delighted Wenger, and the Arsenal boss can head to Bayern Munich for this week’s Champions League clash with a first-XI in excellent spirits.
Particularly so given that Bayern will have been frustrated and somewhat rattled after seeing their perfect start in the Bundesliga come to an end on Friday night in a 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The hosts put up a dogged defensive display – not dissimilar to Arsenal’s at the Emirates – and that will only add further confidence to Wenger and his side that they can return to London with something to show for their efforts.
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