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Iwobi Sparkles As Arsenal Thrash Swansea, Ighalo Benched In Watford Draw

Iwobi Sparkles As Arsenal Thrash Swansea, Ighalo Benched In Watford Draw

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi put in a five-star performance as Arsenal thrashed Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Iwobi had a hand in Arsenal's second and third goals as his strikes came off Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton for Swansea own goals.

Arsenal's other two goals were scored by Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.

The win moves Arsenal to third in the league table on 44 points, five points behind leaders Chelsea, who face Leicester later on Saturday.

Swansea had the first attempt on goal on 11 minutes through Kyle Naughton whose long range strike was palmed away by Petr Cech.

Three minutes later Gylfi Sigurdsson had a chance for Swansea on the edge of the box but couldn't keep his shot down.

Giroud gave Arsenal the lead on 38 minutes, smashing the ball into the roof of the net from close range after Mesut Ozil's initial header came off a Swansea player.

Nathan Dier almost drew Swansea level on the stroke of half time following Gabriel Paulista's poor pass but blasted his shot over the bar.

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Arsenal went close to doubling their lead on 54 minutes through Aaron Ramsey but his low shot from close range came off Fabianski.

Arsenal eventually made it 2-0 as Iwobi's shot deflected off Jack Cork and looped over Fabianski.

Swansea were close to reducing the deficit on 62 minutes following a mistake by Gabriel but Wayne Routeledge's shot was well saved by Cech.

Arsenal went 3-0 up in the 67th minute with Iwobi involved again as his intended cross to Sanchez deflected off Naughton.

Sanchez made it 4-0 to Arsenal in the 73rd minute as he reacted to a loose ball inside the box before blasting the ball past Fabianski.

Granite Xhaka went close to extending Arsenal's lead with five minutes left but his low shot was saved by Fabianski.

Borja Baston almost grabbed  a consolation goal for Swansea only to see his superb header narrowly go over the bar.

At Vicarage Road Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo was an unused substitute as Watford were held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough.

The draw means Watford are 14th on the log.

As expected Nigerian forward Victor Anichebe did not feature for Sunderland who lost 3-1 at home to Stoke City.

It was Stoke's first win at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League era.

Marko Arnautovic bagged  a brace while Peter Crouch was also on target.

Sunderland's only goal was scored by Jermain Defoe.

Sunderland are now 19th while Stole are ninth.

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