Swansea city stuns Arsenal at home

Chukwuemeka Anoh | January 31, 2018
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Swansea City climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time in three months after their victory yesterday at home to Arsenal.
Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium in a defeat that leaves the Gunners eight points off fourth spot in the Premier League table. The visitors took the lead when Nacho Monreal converted a fabulous pass from MesutOzil but Swansea were level less than two minutes later due to a poor defending from Granit Xhaka allowed Sam Clucas in, scoring to level the game. Arsenal were in control during the second half but a mix-up between ShkodranMustafi and PetrCech allowed Jordan Ayew in to put the Swans ahead.
Cech’s scuffed kick allowed Jordan Ayew to score home a 61st-minute winner after Sam Clucas had put Swansea on level terms, cancelling out Nacho Monreal’s first-half opener.
Clucas claimed his second three minutes from time to finish off Arsenal.
Arsenal were more assured at the start of the second half but were fortunate when Clucas failed to direct Kyle Naughton’s cross goal wards.
Ozil was becoming prominent and he was involved in the same move three times before Fabianski grasped his low effort.
But Arsenal conceded in horrendous fashion when Mustafi dawdled before playing a back pass to Cech in the greasy conditions.
Cech’s awful clearance went straight to Ayew, who made no mistake to roll home his fifth goal in nine games.
The goal unnerved Cech as he soon struggled to cope with a Ki free-kick, palming it away for a corner when there was no Swansea player near him.
Swansea should have extended their lead when Mustafi’s careless header went straight to Dyer and he struck the outside of the post from 14 yards.
But Ayew scorched past the helpless Mustafi four minutes from time and Clucas reached the near post first to beat Cech again.

HenrikhMkhitaryan came on to make his Gunners debut and Chelsea-bound forward Olivier Giroud was sent on in a desperate bid to rescue the game but the Gunners left themselves exposed at the back and Clucascapitalised on more poor defending to put the game to bed. Monreal had put Arsenal ahead. The defeat leaves Arsenal eight points behind Liverpool in fourth spot after the Reds beat Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium. The Gunners hope to complete a deal for Pierre-EmerickAubameyang tomorrow once Olivier Giroud joins Chelsea but their focus is likely to switch to the Europa League – which looks their most likely passage back into the Champions League.
Swansea has won three of five Premier League games under Carvalhal
Under new boss Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea have now lost only once in eight games and victory over Arsenal was their second successive win against a team in the top six.
Free-scoring Liverpool were blunted in the Swans’ previous outing at the Liberty Stadium and the hosts carried on that form as they dominated their visitors in the early part of the match.


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