Swansea's game-plan worked well for around an hour; they passed well, prevented Arsenal from creating many clear chances, hit the bar themselves, then bought Michu on to do what he does best. 1-0 Swansea.
All well and good for the Gunners but Swansea came back during the pressure and made it 2-2. But that should never have happened...
At the point between Arsenal's first goal all the way up to before Swansea's second, the Swans were on the ropes. The whole game was on their goal's doorstep, Arsenal were creating in the box and forcing saves – it looked like they would lose by three or more goals. It was a big problem.
But not for Swansea, for Arsenal. They should have killed Swansea off. Sure the Welsh outfit's game plan worked well but not well enough; they lost their way and should have been punished, butArsenal's strike-force were not capable.
Olivier Giroud blows hot and cold, but mainly sits at an average level; playing okay but needing someone else to provide the fireworks. Theo Walcott has still yet to fully convince as a goalscorer or a premium chance creator. Lukas Podolski is no doubt a great forward, perhaps he is not as effective on the left, or has yet to settle – bottom line Arsenal need another goalscorer. Arsenal need David Villa.
Villa has only played two full games for Barcelona this season, and not featured in many of importance. It's no secret he doesn't feel important in Catalonia and that his agent is in England. And it's no secret that Arsenal want him.
The team most like Barca and Spain in England are the Gunners, so Villa wouldn't have to drastically alter his game. A criticism of Villa (and most Barca forwards) is that perhaps he needs a supplier to produce his goals, but Arsenal have this in Santi Carzorla. Most importantly he can stick the ball in the net with ease.
The question is whether Arsenal can meet the expected asking price of 15million, however there is no question that he is the answer.
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