Bradley’s Swans fall to 10-man Arsenal 3-2

Bob Bradley Swans

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Bob Bradley’s Premiership debut didn’t result in a victory, but it was a promising match nonetheless.

After falling behind early to a Theo Walcott brace, Swansea rallied¬†behind a Gylfi Sigurdsson to end the first half down 2-1. A Mezut Ozil goal in the second restored the two goal lead, but a Borja goal and a Granit Xhaka red card gave Swansea some life. Unfortunately for Bradley, his team’s press was for naught as Swansea dropped a 3-2 result at the Emirates.

With the result, Swansea holds on to the 17th position in the BPL table, just above the relegation line (1-6-1, 4 pts.) while Arsenal improve to 6-1-1 (19 pts.).

This was the first time an American manager has led a side in the Premiership.

Walcott opened the scoring the 27 minute, knocking in a failed clearance past Lukasz Fabianski for the early lead. Six minutes later, Walcott took advantage of another failed clearance on the corner to make it 2-0. Sigurdsson answered seven minutes shy of the half, stripping his marker and nailing a 20 yard blast past Petr Cech.

Mesut Ozil scored in the 57, volleying home a cross to the near post for the 3-1 advantage. Borja cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal of his own in the 66th.

Bradley’s men ramped up their attack in the closing 20 minutes, taking advantage of a Xhaka red card. However, Cech was there to deny several quality chances, including a Barrow header in the 76′ and a Sigurdsson shot that kissed the crossbar on its way out of danger.

Bradley’s men now look towards their next fixture: a home encounter against Watford.