Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City – REPORT, STATS & KEY MOMENTS
Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes were dealt a severe blow courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City.
Swansea started the match three points above the relegation zone, and had to do without manager Francisco Guidolin, who was missing with a chest infection. They also made six changes to the side as they looked to save resources for their weekend game at Norwich.
For Arsenal, it was a chance to cut the gap between themselves and Spurs and Leicester City, above them.
All seemed to be going well when Joel Campbell hooked in a volley after a neatly-timed run, but Jordi Amat’s tackle on Mesut Ozil resulted in a Wayne Routledge equaliser as Arsenal appealed for a foul. In the second half, Alexis Sanchez hit the bar with a free kick – Arsenal hit the woodwork four times in the match. before Ashley Williams then bundled in the winner.
Before then, Arsenal fans had jeered off their side at half time, and booed their manager for his decision to take off Joel Campbell; at full time, the boos got even louder.
Olivier Giroud has gone 10 games without a goal.
Swansea are now unbeaten in their last four PL visits to Emirates Stadium. Chelsea (5) and Manchester United (4) are the only other clubs to have had unbeaten streaks of more than three PL fixtures at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal lose consecutive PL matches for the first time since November 2014, when they were beaten 2-1 by both Swansea City (away) and Manchester United (home).
15’ – GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Swansea. Campbell scores – Campbell latches onto a dink into the box, peeling off his marker, and hooks a volley on the inside of Fabianksi. An excellent finish.
31’ – GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Swansea. Routledge scores – Arsenal play the ball back to Cech, who sends it long into midfield. Amat wins it, Ozil falls over wanly, and they send the ball quickly. Cork releases it for Routledge, who sizes up Cech and gives the ‘keeper the eyes.
41’ – GIROUD SHOT – Ozil swings in a corner, and Fabianski punches it clear. The ball is clipped back in by Arsenal for Mertesacker by Ramsey, who stretches to head it down for Giroud. He’s yards out and he blasts it against the bar.
68’ – SANCHEZ FREE KICK – Sanchez takes the free kick, it’s well struck, takes a deflection, but hits the crossbar and Swansea escape again.
74’ – GOAL! Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City. Williams scores – Sigurdsson fires in a cross from the free kick. Cech comes out for it, flaps at it, it hits Williams and bounces over the line.
90+3’ – WELBECK HEADER – Welbeck gets a head to Walcott’s cross from the left, but he glances it just wide of the far post.