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Arsenal hold on to deny Bradley’s Swansea

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Theo Walcott has five goals in eight league appearances this season

Theo Walcott scored twice as 10-man Arsenal won their sixth Premier League game in a row, despite a spirited Swansea City display in Bob Bradley’s first match as manager.

Gunners and England forward 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.

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.

Arsenal saw Xhaka sent off for a petulant trip and despite seeing Walcott squander two late chances, they held on as Swansea equalled their worst start to a league season.

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Match ends, Arsenal 3, Swansea City 2.

Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Swansea City 2.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following a fast break.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

Attempt saved. Federico Fernández (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Jordi Amat (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Naughton with a cross.

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following a fast break.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Modou Barrow because of an injury.

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Mesut Özil.

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Modou Barrow with a cross.

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nacho Monreal.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

Offside, Swansea City. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Ki Sung-yueng is caught offside.

Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Borja Bastón (Swansea City).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City).

Offside, Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Swansea City. Ki Sung-yueng replaces Jack Cork.

Delay in match Modou Barrow (Swansea City) because of an injury.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) is shown the red card.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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