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Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium
Bafetimbi Gomis
Bafetimbi Gomis's goal completed a three-minute turn around for Swansea
  • Sanchez scores sixth goal in his last four league games
  • Arsenal lose their second league match this season
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson scores his second goal of the campaign
  • Swansea have claimed 13 points from 18 at home

Swansea came from behind with two late goals to claim a memorable win over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

Arsenal took the lead when Alexis Sanchez finished from close range after an excellent run and pass from Danny Welbeck.

But a stunning Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick and a fine header from substitute Bafetimbi Gomis sealed Swansea's victory.

The win sees Garry Monk's men leapfrog the Gunners into fifth place in the Premier League table.

For Arsene Wenger's side, meanwhile, defeat caps a miserable week after their Champions League collapse against Anderlecht on Tuesday, in which they threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3.

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There were some nervy moments from the Gunners' defenders, with Calum Chambers surviving a Swansea penalty appeal after appearing to shove Wilfried Bony to the ground inside the area.

Clear scoring opportunities were at a premium in the first half as two slick but congested midfields cancelled each other out.

Arsenal threw away game - Wenger

Arsenal did not manage a shot on target until a minute before half time, as Welbeck combined well with Sanchez before his effort was palmed away by former Gunner Lukasz Fabianski.

Arsenal's flashes of danger before the break were a sign of things to come, as they made the stronger start to the second half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wasted an excellent opportunity when his shot was saved by Fabianski, but the Gunners were ruthless with their next effort.

The visitors latched on to a poor pass from Bony and launched a counter-attack, from which Welbeck sped into the box, turned past Ashley Williams and squared the ball for Sanchez, who fired in from six yards.

Swansea were fantastic - Monk

Arsenal seemed in control at this point but, within 15 minutes, the match was completely transformed.

Swansea were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal after Kieran Gibbs was booked for fouling the hosts' debutant Modou Barrow.

Sigurdsson then compounded Gibbs' punishment as he curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Arsenal barely had time to register the blow of Sigurdsson's leveller by the time Swansea took the lead less than three minutes later.

Montero, who had given Chambers a torrid afternoon on Swansea's left wing, floated in an inviting cross for Gomis, who nodded the ball beyond a static Szczesny and into the bottom corner.

Arsenal tried to salvage a point with some desperate long balls late on, but Swansea withstood the pressure to claim a first win in six games against the Gunners.

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "It's about belief. We talked about belief before the game, about how good we have been and how good we can be. We showed our character.

"They got the goal. I thought it was an even game, we made the changes and thankfully they went for us today.

"Gylfi Sigurdsson has been disappointed previously that he has not had many opportunities to produce what he did today but what a great goal and that put us in the ascendency.

"We beat Manchester United on the first day, we have just beaten Arsenal but we take each game as it comes. We are doing a lot of work on the training ground and at the moment it is paying off."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It's disappointing to throw a game away like we did. We were 1-0 up and had to be tight defensively and wait for that second chance. But you have to credit Swansea who didn't give up.

"In football you can believe anything is possible, any minute you can concede. Bafetimbi Gomis is good in the air and it can happen. You have to accept that Swansea will fight until the last minute. We eased off at 1-0 and let them back into the game.

"Football is down to performances. We are here to produce performances, and didn't do that right until the end of the game."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 27Bartley
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 50mins
  • 3TaylorBooked at 37mins
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 41mins
  • 14CarrollBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBrittonat 87'minutes
  • 11EmnesSubstituted forBarrowat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 20Montero
  • 10BonySubstituted forGomisat 76'minutes


  • 2Amat
  • 7Britton
  • 18Gomis
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 25Tremmel
  • 56Fulton
  • 58Barrow


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Szczesny
  • 21ChambersBooked at 62minsSubstituted forSanogoat 90'minutes
  • 4MertesackerBooked at 55mins
  • 18Monreal
  • 3GibbsBooked at 74mins
  • 16RamseyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWalcottat 79'minutes
  • 20FlaminiSubstituted forWilshereat 79'minutes
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17SánchezBooked at 86mins
  • 19Cazorla
  • 23Welbeck


  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 10Wilshere
  • 14Walcott
  • 22Sanogo
  • 26Martinez
  • 39Bellerin
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Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamArsenal
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Arsenal 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Arsenal 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

  5. Post update

    Ashley Williams (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leon Britton.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

  9. Post update

    Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Modou Barrow (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

  12. Post update

    Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Calum Chambers.

  14. Booking

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Modou Barrow (Swansea City).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

  18. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Leon Britton replaces Tom Carroll.

  20. Booking

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lukasz Fabianski
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had little to do for much of the first half
Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck registered Arsenal's first shot on target after 44 minutes
Lukasz Fabianski
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had little to do for much of the first half
Santi Cazorla
Arsenal forward Santi Cazorla was caught a number of times by the Swansea defence
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in nine goals this season - two goals and seven assists
Arsenal dejected
Arsenal were ahead for 12 minutes before Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised

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