Young Reporter competition winner, 13-year-old Declan from Middlesex, took in Arsenal’s match with Swansea City on Saturday with the Club’s media team at Emirates Stadium.
Declan was given a behind the scenes tour of the media area, including the interview booths where Arsenal Media, BBC and Sky Sports do their stuff, before watching the game from the press box with the Arsenal.com reporters, getting a first-hand look at how they keep supporters up-to-date with all the matchday action.
After the final whistle, Declan headed for the press conference room with the other attending media to get Arsène Wenger’s take on the game, before hurrying back to the press area to file a special JG report on the day.
You can read his report below.
It’s the weekend again and that only means one thing, Premier League football. Today I went behind the scenes at the Emirates and got to shadow an Arsenal journalist for the game. Getting to go and watch the match in the press box, meeting a lot of people and having lunch was a really good experience. But enough about me, let’s get onto the game.
The game didn't have many chances until the 15th minute, when full-back Angel Rangel made Wojciech Szczesny make a double-save to keep Swansea out for now. But in the 29th minute Arsenal went searching for a goal when a great ball in by Carl Jenkinson was headed by Gooner talisman Santi Cazorla, forcing a good catch by Gerhard Tremmel.
It was end-to-end at this point and Arsenal got a massive scare in the 31st minute when Swansea speedster Nathan Dyer got through the Arsenal defence but captain Thomas Vermaelen caught up and got a block in before Dyer pulled the trigger. Swansea kept pressing and a De Guzman free kick just hit the top of the net. Swansea were looking ever so close to putting themselves ahead. But they went into the break stalemate.
Then in the second half, Arsenal got back into it and in the 49th minute we saw some great play from Jack Wilshere to get the ball to Cazorla, who made Swansea 'keeper Tremmel make a decent save. The penalty appeals started coming for Arsenal and the first one was in the 52th when Gervinho asked for a penalty from referee Mark Clattenberg but nothing was given. Great play from Cazorla in the box brought up the second penalty appeal just six minutes later when Rangel made a challenge on Cazorla, but yet again nothing was given by Clattenberg.
Cazorla got another opportunity in the 61st minute when his shot got a little nick off German international Lukas Podolski, but Tremmel had it covered as it was not a massive deflection. A minute later however, Swansea went looking for a goal and almost got it when Rangel got through the Arsenal defence way too easily and got his shot away, which Szczesny tipped wide. Swansea looked more and more likely to score as the game progressed, with Arsenal fans becoming more and more worried.
The game was still level in the 72nd minute and Cazorla got a volley away but Tremmel caught the ball with ease. The game came to life in the last few minutes as Dwight Tiendalli got one-onone1 with Wojciech Szczesny but the Arsenal 'keeper came out victorious and made a great save to keep Arsenal in it. Two minutes later an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross got a small nick off a Swansea man before coming to Vermaelen to head the ball but sadly Tremmel stopped the header from hitting the back of the net.
So it was crunch time with just one minute left plus three minutes of added time and in the 89th minute Miguel Michu got through an asleep Arsenal defence to slot the ball home and give the Swans the lead at a crucial time. Michu scored again just two minutes later, when Dyer took the ball away from Jenkinson and fed Michu who firstly composed himself and calmly put it past Szczesny to seal the game for the Welsh side.
Arsenal desperately needed a win today but did not succeed due to some Spanish class right at the death.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 3 Dec 2012