Tagged: Swansea

Graham to Gomis via Michu and Bony: The evolution of Swansea City strikers | Squawka News | Team Analysis

Graham to Gomis via Michu and Bony: The evolution of Swansea City strikers | Squawka News | Team Analysis.

Really interesting piece on the different strikers at Swansea since they arrived in the Premier League. Still baffled about Michu. Gomis is obviously the biggest beneficiary of Bony’s exit but it’s still too soon to say how far this can go. I really like Swansea and hope they do well this season.

Player Focus: Swansea & Gomis the Main Beneficiaries of Bony’s January Exit

Shelvey the epitome of Swansea’s shift under Monk | Squawka News | News

Shelvey the epitome of Swansea’s shift under Monk | Squawka News | News.

Swansea have been one my favorite teams to watch since they arrived in the Premier League. The author makes some good points about Jonjo Shelvey and the shift in approach and the addition of players like Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero add further evidence to that shift

Team Focus: Chelsea Draw Suggests Swansea Adopting More Direct Approach

Team Focus: Chelsea Draw Suggests Swansea Adopting More Direct Approach.

Swansea were really good against Chelsea and I hope they keep it up. That approach may not be expected in every game but I think they will be very good, as they have been the last few seasons.

How Swansea City are building the coolest team in the Premier League | Squawka News

How Swansea City are building the coolest team in the Premier League | Squawka News.

Definitely an intriguing team and one of my favourites in the Premier League. Always worried when they play Arsenal. I really can’t wait to see Andre Ayew in the Premier League with this side.

Mourinho, Rodgers and Koeman have all impressed this season – but we’re forgetting someone else | FourFourTwo

Mourinho, Rodgers and Koeman have all impressed this season – but we’re forgetting someone else | FourFourTwo.

True, Garry Monk doesn’t seem to be getting much plaudits whereas Ronald Koeman got lots of love early on. Maybe it’s because we’re almost used to Swansea City doing relatively well in the league since joining? Possibly. It’s also still possible for them to make it into Europe, though it’s only a small possibility. I hope Swansea continues to do well and it would be interesting to see what they could do with Michu back in the fold.

Swansea City are the Premier League’s best story that you shouldn’t forget Rory Smith – ESPN FC

Swansea City are the Premier League’s best story that you shouldn’t forget Rory Smith – ESPN FC.

Interesting piece here.

Swansea have really done well since joint the Premiership. We do seem to take what are extraordinary achievements and make them the norm pretty quickly. Teams like Swansea and players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should be appreciated by all for what they’ve achieved.

Swansea and Southampton: Model clubs of the Premier League – ESPN FC

Swansea and Southampton: Model clubs of the Premier League – ESPN FC.

Huge respect for both these clubs and what they’ve done to get to their current level. Southampton making into the Champions League would be crazy.

But, wait, doesn’t Arsenal tick all these boxes too?

New stadium? Check

Defined football style? Check

Emphasis on youth? Check

Oh, I see. Intelligent transfers are out and the fact that a club with Arsenal’s status should be winning trophies probably counts against as well. Well, we tried. Maybe some consistency in both those areas will change opinions.

Kudos to the two clubs in question though, Swansea and Southampton.

Swansea 2 – 1 Arsenal: When it Rains, it Pours.

Don’t worry fellow Arsenal fans.

My Football Manager CV is being polished up at this very minute, and in due time we’ll be winning trophies, not giving up 3-0 leads to Anderlecht at home and beating Swansea when in a good position. In fact, maybe we should all send in our FM achievements, and prompt some sort of response from Silent Stan.

Arsenal’s 1-2 loss to Swansea was always a possibility given the midweek performance and the defensive patch-ups.

The Gunners faced another test of character early in the season, and failed.  We have two weeks to dissect all the problems with this current Arsenal squad but the answer’s easy.

Arsene Wenger’s the problem.

His selections before the game, and decision-making throughout highlight all the problems that Arsenal have had over the last few seasons. Inability to finish teams off, dependence on one player, defensive frailty and poor team selection. At times the players are very much to blame for what happens but what happened against Swansea wasn’t one of those times.

Kieran Gibbs’ foul leading to the free-kick was necessary but not smart, and was due to pushing too many players forward. The players should have been a bit more conservative but, ultimately, the direction comes from the manager.

No goalkeeper could have saved that free-kick anyways, and in no world could Nacho Monreal have ever out-jumped Bafetimbi Gomis.

The fact that Monreal’s in that position is down to Wenger as well. We already know defenders should’ve been bought but you feel that other managers would’ve made better use of what’s available.

That means using the pacy Hector Bellerin, who you trusted against Borussia Dortmund but can’t seem to find time for otherwise, against the pacy Jefferson Montero. Easy enough, right? Then Calum Chambers moves to centerback and doesn’t spend the entire game chasing Montero’s shadow.

Would the second goal still have occurred then? Maybe, but at least would’ve been a lot more difficult.

Two positive notes were that Alexis Sanchez, yet again, got on the score-sheet, and the attacking trio of Sanchez, Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain showed what Arsenal can do at their best. It was a goal reminiscent of the “Invincibles” days.

Yup, I’m going to keep living in the past until the present looks alright.

By the way, what happens when Olivier Giroud returns? Mesut Ozil may be fine running the show and making the final pass among that group but Giroud will look like he’s moving in slow-motion surrounded by all that pace. He could be a solid plan B when chasing a game or trying to end a deadlock.  Guess we’ll see.

Given Wenger’s preference for going with what he likes as opposed to what’s needed then Giroud may just displace one of his more fleet-footed counterparts. Especially given the fact that Wenger seems not to know about the concept of rotation.

I mean, why in the hell were there no changes from the Anderlecht debacle to shake things up, and have some players contemplating their performances? Start Rosicky for Cazorla at the very least along with the defensive selection that should have been. And why, oh why, oh why was Yaya Sanogoals(saw that somewhere on the internet) coming on instead of Podolski? The German should just go in January for his own good, and I’ll buy him a plane ticket myself.

Jack Wilshere spent a lot of time whining, and if Theo Walcott was just a little less rusty then maybe that wonderful Sanchez pass could have been converted. None of it matters now anyways.

What does matter is that first Manchester United and then Borussia Dortmund come to visit right after the break. That should be fun.

Until next time