Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to two points as goals from Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey saw them to victory at Swansea.

After Tottenham and Chelsea drew, and Manchester United and Manchester City lost, the Gunners capitalised to maintain their early-season promise.

Teenager Gnabry slotted the opener after half-time and in-form Ramsey fired in to double the advantage.

Arsenal set the pace

  • Aaron Ramsey has now scored eight goals in his last eight appearances for Arsenal
  • At 18 years and 76 days old, Serge Gnabry is the second youngest Premier League goalscorer for Arsenal, behind Cesc Fabregas (17 years and 113)
  • The record for consecutive away wins in the Premier League is 11, set by Chelsea in 2008

Ben Davies volleyed home to give Swansea hope but Arsenal held on.

The result extends their club record of consecutive away wins in all competitions to 12 and equals their record of eight in the Premier League, which was set in the 2001-02 title-winning campaign.

While much credit has gone to new signing Mesut Ozil, once again Arsenal's driving force was Ramsey, who joined them as a 17-year-old in 2008 and suffered from injury and inconsistency until this season.

The former Cardiff player was booed throughout by the home supporters but responded with another commanding display, playing a role in both of his side's goals and scoring an eighth in eight games.

Similarly influential was Gnabry, the 18-year-old German scoring his first goal for the Gunners in only his second Premier League start.

Both men shone against a Swansea side now without a league win in eight matches at the Liberty Stadium, where Arsenal kicked-off knowing exactly what was at stake having seen their rivals slip up earlier in the day.

They had lost only two of their previous 21 league games and it was clear to see why as their formation - 4-5-1 when defending and 4-3-3 going forward - looked sharp when under pressure and on the attack.

Coming into the weekend Swansea had the best pass completion rate in the division this season (87.3%) - and they again showcased their slick passing game, but lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

Swansea must learn from defeat - Laudrup

Jonjo Shelvey's early strike from distance, which fizzed over the bar, was the hosts' only meaningful effort of a first half in which lone striker Michu lacked service and was well marshalled by the Arsenal back line.

At the other end Kieran Gibbs threatened with a low cross, Per Mertesacker headed wide and Ramsey drilled off target.

There was a scare for Arsenal when Wojciech Szczesny struggled to clear a backpass, but it was the visitors who went closest as Olivier Giroud dragged wide after being released by Gnabry.

Gnabry had the first attempt on target as Arsenal began the second half positively, and it was the young winger who broke the deadlock.

The move was orchestrated by Ozil and included touches from Bacary Sagna, Giroud and Jack Wilshere before Ramsey played in Gnabry to slot his first goal for the club with a crunching finish.

Wenger hails spirit and solidarity

Arsenal were now advancing in waves and after Michel Vorm saved well from Ozil, Ramsey doubled the lead by shooting through a number of bodies after impressive link play from Wilshere and Giroud.

Swansea wanted a corner in the build-up, and their frustration was compounded when Ramsey continued his hot streak.

Michael Laudrup introduced Wilfried Bony and gave the Swans fresh impetus, with Nathan Dyer and Bony himself drawing saves from Szczesny.

When Davies exchanged passes with Bony and got in behind Mertesacker to finish with his knee on the volley, Swansea were back in contention.

But Arsenal dug in to mark Arsene Wenger's 17th anniversary as manager with what could prove to be a crucial three points.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 02 Amat
  • 04 Chico Booked
  • 19 Tiendalli
  • 33 Davies
  • 08 Shelvey (Bony - 61' )
  • 12 Dyer
  • 15 Routledge (Pozuelo - 64' )
  • 20 De Guzman Booked
  • 21 Canas Booked
  • 09 Michu

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 03 Taylor
  • 35 Alfei
  • 07 Britton
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 10 Bony
  • 26 Vazquez

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 10 Wilshere (Jenkinson - 90' )
  • 11 Ozil (Monreal - 88' )
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 20 Flamini Booked
  • 44 Gnabry (Arteta - 78' Booked )
  • 12 Giroud

Substitutes

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 17 Monreal
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 08 Arteta
  • 31 Miyaichi
  • 23 Bendtner
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 20,712

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

3 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

5 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:36

Dwight Tiendalli delivers the ball.

90:00 +3:54

Free kick crossed by Ben Davies.

90:00 +3:26

Chico fouled by Kieran Gibbs, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +2:39

Free kick taken by Jonathan de Guzman.

90:00 +2:31

The referee books Mikel Arteta for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:31 Booking

Booking

90:00 +2:16

Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Miguel Michu.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution Jack Wilshere goes off and Carl Jenkinson comes on.

90:00 +0:31

Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.

88:59

Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

87:32 Substitution

Substitution Nacho Monreal joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mesut Ozil.

86:32

Shot by Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico missed to the right of the target.

86:06

Clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

83:56

Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

83:38 Booking

Booking

83:38

Booking for Jose Alberto Canas for unsporting behaviour.

83:32

Handball decision goes against Jose Alberto Canas.

83:05 Booking

Booking

83:05

Chico is given a yellow card.

80:59

Wilfried Bony provided the assist for the goal.

80:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Davies - Swansea 1 - 2 Arsenal Ben Davies scores with a left foot finish. Swansea 1-2 Arsenal.

79:52

Clearance made by Jordi Amat.

79:47

Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.

79:26 Booking

Booking

79:26

Jonathan de Guzman is given a yellow card.

79:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Jonathan de Guzman.

78:22

Header at goal by Per Mertesacker misses to the right.

78:19

Mesut Ozil crosses the ball in from the free kick.

77:48

Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Miguel Michu results in a free kick.

77:07 Substitution

Substitution Mikel Arteta comes on in place of Serge Gnabry.

76:36

Jordi Amat makes a clearance.

76:22

The ball is sent over by Dwight Tiendalli.

75:44

Serge Gnabry manages to make a clearance.

75:42

Clearance by Bacary Sagna.

75:39

Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line.

75:22

Wilfried Bony has an effort at goal. A parry by Wojciech Szczesny prevents the goal.

74:48

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

74:35

Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.

74:19

The referee blows for offside against Olivier Giroud.

73:43

Chico Chico takes the free kick.

73:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chico by Olivier Giroud.

71:39

Ben Davies delivers the ball.

69:55

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

68:43

Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.

68:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman.

68:15

Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny parries the ball away.

67:23

The ball is delivered by Nathan Dyer.

66:38

Wilfried Bony takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

65:41

Jack Wilshere makes a clearance.

65:41

Chico crosses the ball.

65:24

Wilfried Bony has an effort at goal. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

65:04

Jordi Amat takes the free kick.

64:41

The referee blows for offside.

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Alejandro Pozuelo on for Wayne Routledge.

63:32

Centre by Aaron Ramsey.

63:09

Wayne Routledge produces a cross.

61:33

The assist for the goal came from Olivier Giroud.

61:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Ramsey - Swansea 0 - 2 Arsenal Aaron Ramsey scores a right footed goal. Swansea 0-2 Arsenal.

61:09

Nathan Dyer has an effort at goal. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

60:14

Ben Davies restarts play with the free kick.

60:12

Chico Chico restarts play with the free kick.

60:05 Substitution

Substitution Wilfried Bony on for Jonjo Shelvey.

59:36 Booking

Booking

59:36

The referee cautions Mathieu Flamini for unsporting behaviour.

59:34

Foul by Mathieu Flamini on Miguel Michu, free kick awarded.

59:28

The ball is delivered by Aaron Ramsey.

59:20

Serge Gnabry sends in a cross.

59:16

Jordi Amat manages to make a clearance.

59:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Serge Gnabry.

58:37

Mesut Ozil has an effort at goal. A parry by Michel Vorm prevents the goal.

58:26

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

58:23

Ben Davies sends in a cross.

57:06

Assist by Aaron Ramsey.

57:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Serge Gnabry - Swansea 0 - 1 Arsenal Serge Gnabry scores with a right foot finish. Swansea 0-1 Arsenal.

55:54

Clearance made by Wojciech Szczesny.

55:37

Shot by Bacary Sagna. Blocked by Jose Alberto Canas.

52:36

Clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

52:34

The ball is sent over by Ben Davies.

50:34

Shot by Serge Gnabry. Michel Vorm safely holds on.

48:45

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

48:17

The official flags Wayne Routledge offside.

46:52

Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

46:27

Foul by Olivier Giroud on Miguel Michu, free kick awarded.

46:23

Corner taken by Serge Gnabry.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +3:17

Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:44

Olivier Giroud takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

45:00 +1:57

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

44:03

Jonathan de Guzman has a direct shot on goal from the free kick which goes over the bar.

42:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Chico.

41:22

The ball is sent over by Dwight Tiendalli.

40:22

Jordi Amat takes the free kick.

39:54

The offside flag is raised against Jack Wilshere.

38:50

Mathieu Flamini takes a shot. Chico gets a block in.

38:02

Free kick taken by Jordi Amat.

37:42

The referee blows for offside against Olivier Giroud.

37:40

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

37:36

A cross is delivered by Nathan Dyer.

32:59

Olivier Giroud crosses the ball.

31:07

Serge Gnabry crosses the ball.

28:18

Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick.

27:51

Jordi Amat fouled by Olivier Giroud, the ref awards a free kick.

27:29

Free kick taken by Mathieu Flamini.

27:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Michu on Mathieu Flamini.

25:02

The ball is sent over by Jonathan de Guzman.

24:57

Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.

24:54

A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge.

24:22

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

24:01

The official flags Dwight Tiendalli offside.

23:53

Free kick taken by Jose Alberto Canas.

23:40

Aaron Ramsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies.

22:30

Ben Davies restarts play with the free kick.

22:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Jonathan de Guzman.

20:31

Clearance made by Jordi Amat.

20:09

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

19:43

Kieran Gibbs fouled by Dwight Tiendalli, the ref awards a free kick.

19:28

Dwight Tiendalli takes the free kick.

18:55

Jack Wilshere challenges Dwight Tiendalli unfairly and gives away a free kick.

17:34

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

17:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Miguel Michu.

17:00

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

15:49

Centre by Dwight Tiendalli.

14:46

Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

14:26

Clearance made by Nathan Dyer.

14:25

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball.

13:13

The ball is sent over by Dwight Tiendalli.

11:29

Nathan Dyer makes a clearance.

11:28

Centre by Kieran Gibbs.

10:05

Header at goal by Per Mertesacker misses left of the target.

9:52

Miguel Michu manages to make a clearance.

9:49

Corner taken by Serge Gnabry from the left by-line.

9:25

Clearance made by Jonathan de Guzman.

9:24

Jack Wilshere crosses the ball.

9:13

Clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

9:12

Free kick crossed by Mesut Ozil.

8:45

Wayne Routledge challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick.

8:33

The ball is sent over by Kieran Gibbs.

8:03

Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman.

6:13

Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.

5:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Tiendalli by Jack Wilshere.

4:59

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot and cleared the goal.

4:55

Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

4:53

The ball is sent over by Ben Davies.

1:23

Jose Alberto Canas takes a fantastic shot and went wide of the right hand post.

1:22

Clearance made by Olivier Giroud.

1:20

Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line.

0:00

The match begins.

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