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Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City

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Arsenal beat Swansea in an exciting five goal thriller.

Theo Walcott struck twice as 10-man Arsenal moved level with Premier League leaders Manchester City and consigned Bob Bradley to an enthralling 3-2 defeat in his first match in charge of Swansea City on Saturday.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City

Some slack defending from Swansea was punished by Walcott twice in the first half at the Emirates Stadium, taking his tally to six goals in his last five Arsenal appearances in all competitions.

Walcott now has five goals in eight games, taking advantage of a heavy Jordi Amat touch for his first and a poor Jack Cork header for his second.

The Swans looked dejected after the quick-fire double, though Gylfi Sigurdsson pounced on a Granit Xhaka error to curl in and give them hope before the break.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City

Mesut Ozil volleyed in an Alexis Sanchez cross to restore a two-goal lead for the hosts, but substitute Borja Baston tapped in a cross from the impressive Modou Barrow to set up a tense finale.

The comfortable grip Arsene Wenger’s men had on the game began to vanish when Granit Xhaka was shown a straight red card – his fourth dismissal since the start of last season and more than any other player in the top five European leagues – for lunging in on Modou Barrow with 20 minutes remaining.

Arsenal hung on to end a run of four top-flight home matches against Swansea without a win and join City at the summit on 19 points from eight games.