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Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City

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.

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger

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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 City's Garry Monk

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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

  • 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

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

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 11Hernández
  • 12Dyer
  • 21Cañas
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Alvaro
  • 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

Match ends, Arsenal 2, Swansea City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Swansea City 2.
Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).
Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Jonathan De Guzmán is caught offside.

Goal!

Own Goal by Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal. Arsenal 2, Swansea City 2.
Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Olivier Giroud.
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chico (Swansea City).
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.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Foul by Kim Källström (Arsenal).
Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kim Källström replaces Tomas Rosicky.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Jonjo Shelvey.
Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Swansea City 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Ben Davies replaces Neil Taylor because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 1, Swansea City 1. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Michu.
Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.
Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Neil Taylor.
Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.
Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.
Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Second Half

Second Half begins Arsenal 0, Swansea City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Arsenal 0, Swansea City 1.
Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).
Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.
Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Wilfried Bony.

Booking

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Attempt missed. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Dangerous play by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).
goal

As It Stood

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2Man City2921355266
3Liverpool3020554465
4Arsenal3119661963
5Everton3016951657
6Tottenham311759056
7Man Utd31156101151
8Newcastle3114413-546
9Southampton3112910545
10Stoke3191012-937
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12Hull309615-533
13Norwich318815-2232
14West Ham308715-831
15Swansea317915-630
16West Brom3051312-1228
17Crystal Palace308418-2028
18Sunderland286715-1825
19Cardiff316718-3225
20Fulham317321-4024
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