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Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Wilfried Bony

Mathieu Flamini's 90th-minute own goal denied Arsenal a comeback win over Swansea as Arsene Wenger's week of misery continued.

After their mauling at Chelsea on Saturday, the hosts started poorly and went behind to Wilfried Bony's header.

But two goals in 66 seconds changed the mood as Lukas Podolski poked in and Olivier Giroud scored from close range.

The doom returned when the ball ricocheted in off Flamini following Leon Britton's surge into the box.

Result difficult to swallow - Wenger

It was a calamitous way to concede as Per Mertesacker intercepted the ball but it bounced off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before hitting the French midfielder.

Swansea came away with a point but they were left angry at the end when they were denied a chance to win the game as referee Lee Probert blew up with Jonathan De Guzman bearing down on goal.

Once that frustration had subsided, Garry Monk's team will look back on a well-earned draw as they increased the gap to the relegation zone to five points.

Wenger, on the other hand, will wonder what forces are conspiring against him after his side threw away the chance to recover from their nightmare at Stamford Bridge, when they lost 6-0 on his 1,000th game in charge.

Not even the introduction of debutant midfielder Kim Kallstrom - who finally made his debut after signing while injured in January - could help them hang on.

After the trouncing, questions were understandably raised about Arsenal's title credentials but had they hung on to their lead at Emirates Stadium, they would have been four points behind Jose Mourinho's Premier League leaders.

Instead, they trail Chelsea by six and their Champions League qualification now looks under threat as Everton's win at Newcastle means the Toffees are six points in arrears with a game in hand.

Wenger's side must hope that they do not suffer similarly when they host Manchester City on Saturday, with Manuel Pellegrini's side earning a confidence-boosting win at Old Trafford.

Ironically, Flamini was included in the side to offer more midfield assurance after the woeful display in west London.

But after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had tested Michel Vorm, the Gunners went behind.

Visiting left-back Neil Taylor was allowed time and space to advance deep into the Arsenal half and he picked out Bony, who still had work to do as he planted his firm header past Szczesny for his 20th goal of the season.

Swansea players magnificent - Monk

Monk's team could have doubled their lead had Michu, making his first start since 15 December, not opted for the wrong pass after a swift counter attack.

Arsenal did offer their fans some hope, but although they took control in midfield, Swansea were ably led at the back by Ashley Williams although Bony and Jonjo Shelvey were guilty of kicks on Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla respectively.

The Gunners were greeted by a smattering of boos at half-time and frustration grew inside the Emirates as the hosts tried to be too intricate on the edge of the Swansea box.

The relief that met Podolski's goal, as the German volleyed in from Gibbs's cross, soon to turned to joy. Within two minutes, Podolski advanced down the left and crossed for the on-rushing Giroud.

But then just as the Gunners thought they might get some closure, their latest misfortune struck.

Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Sagna
  • 28Gibbs
  • 8Arteta
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 5Vermaelen
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forPodolskiat 57'minutes
  • 20Flamini
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forSanogoat 89'minutes
  • 7RosickySubstituted forKällströmat 79'minutes
  • 19Cazorla

Substitutes

  • 9Podolski
  • 21Fabianski
  • 22Sanogo
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 29Källström
  • 40Bellerín
  • 44Gnabry

Swansea

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forDaviesat 73'minutes
  • 7Britton
  • 4Flores Moreno
  • 6Williams
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forHernándezat 79'minutes
  • 10BonyBooked at 34mins
  • 9Pérez CuestaSubstituted forDyerat 63'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 11Hernández
  • 12Dyer
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Vázquez García
  • 33Davies
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
59,937

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 2, Swansea City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Swansea City 2.

  3. Post update

    Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Jonathan De Guzmán is caught offside.

  6. Goal!

    Own Goal by Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal. Arsenal 2, Swansea City 2.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

  8. Post update

    Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Olivier Giroud.

  10. Post update

    Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kim Källström (Arsenal).

  16. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

  18. Post update

    Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Kim Källström replaces Tomas Rosicky.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea31216462233969
2Man City29213579275266
3Liverpool30205582384465
4Arsenal31196655361963
5Everton30169546301657
6Tottenham3117594040056
7Man Utd311561048371151
8Newcastle31144133843-546
9Southampton31129104540545
10Stoke31910123645-937
11Aston Villa3097143342-934
12Hull3096153237-533
13Norwich3188152648-2232
14West Ham3087153240-831
15Swansea3179154248-630
16West Brom30513123345-1228
17Crystal Palace3084181939-2028
18Sunderland2867152644-1825
19Cardiff3167182658-3225
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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