Nigerian international Alex Iwobi made his first senior debut for the Arsenal senior team as Arsene Wenger recorded his first win over Swansea boss Gary Monk in a 3-0 thrashing of Swansea on Saturday.
After impressing in the league Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, the Nigerian youngster came on as a late substitute for Mesut Ozil who provided two of the three goals on the Night at the Liberty stadium.
Much of the talk in the lead-up to the match had revolved around who would start on the right flank – and it was Joel Campbell who got the nod.
In the absence of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, the Costa Rica international was in for his first-ever Premier League start – and just his 15th appearance in Arsenal colours.
Campbell was one of seven changes to the side that had lost to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, with the likes of Alexis, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla all restored to the starting XI.
Youngsters Matt Macey and Alex Iwobi were named on the bench, while Swansea started with Bafetimbi Gomis up front – the French striker who twice scored the winner against the Gunners last season.
After remaining deadlocked with the host at half time of a fascinating battle at Liberty Stadium, Arsenal scored thre second half goals to keep up with Manchester City who fought hard to secure a 2-1 victory over Norwich City at the Etihad.
Olivier Giroud headed the visitors into the lead after half-time, his fourth goal in five club appearances before Laurent Koscielny doubled the lead after former Gunners keeper Łukasz Fabianski dropped the ball inside his area.
Joel Campbell scored on his first Arsenal league start to help the Gunners defeat Swansea City and earn a fifth straight Premier League win. Bafetimbi Gomis wasted a great chance for Swansea from close range