Premier League - Flamini own goal puts end to Arsenal title charge

Premier League, Emirates Stadium - Arsenal 2 (Podolski 73, Giroud 74) Swansea 2 (Bony 11, Flamini o.g. 90+1)

Premier League - Flamini own goal puts end to Arsenal title charge

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Arsenal's Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini and Wojciech Szczęsny during the Premier League match against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium (AFP)

Mathieu Flamini’s injury-time own goal put the final nail in the coffin of Arsenal’s title hopes after gifting Swansea a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The French midfielder was simply jogging back as Wojciech Szczesny saved low from Leon Britton when the ball ricocheted off his legs and into the back of the net to break Arsenal hearts and gift Swansea a vital point in their fight against relegation.

The Gunners looked to have rescued the three points after going behind early to a Wilfried Bony header when Lukas Podolski came on to score the equaliser and then lay on a goal for Olivier Giroud within a minute.

But Swansea never gave up and managed to peg Arsenal back and steal a point from the Emirates.

The draw means Arsenal are now just six points ahead of Everton who have a game in hand in fifth place while Swansea go five points clear of the relegation places.


11’ – BONY GOAL – Taylor crosses from the left and finds Bony who powers past Vermaelen to send a bullet header into the near post.

23’ – BIG BREAK – Routledge carries the ball half the pitch before releasing Michu into the penalty area but he opts to cut back to Shelvey instead of shooting himself and extending the away side’s lead.

43’ – CAZORLA CHANCE – Cazorla shimmies on the edge of the area, leaves Chico on his backside before shooting but it is close enough to Vorm who makes a simple save.

73’ – EQUALISER – Gibbs paces past Rangel to the byline and cuts back to Podolski who finishes with his left foot from close range.

74’ – LEAD TAKER – Podolski turns provider as he races down the left and plays a lovely low cross to Giroud who taps home from just a yard out.

90’ – DISASTER – Britton worms his way in to the box and forces a low save from Szczesny at his feet but the ball ricochets off Flamini as he was running back and ends up in the back of the net.

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Wilfried Bony is the first player in 11 Premier League matches to score in the first half against Arsenal at home.

This is the first ever league draw between Arsenal and Swansea after ten games. Arsenal have won five and Swansea four.

This is the sixth time in seven matches that the away side in Arsenal vs Swansea matches have scored twice.

Flamini’s 90th minute own goal is the ninth goal in the last 10 minutes of matches between Arsenal and Swansea, in just their last five games against each other.


Is Arsenal’s assault on the title over? This was a must win game for Arsenal following their Chelsea drubbing and they failed to deliver. Now six points off Chelsea and three behind Man City who have two games in hand, it looks like the Gunners have missed out on their first title since 2003/04.



Wilfried Bony (Swansea): Worked tirelessly all match and caused the Arsenal defence all kinds of problems with his strength and hold-up play. More than deserved his goal after spending much of the game on his own up top.


Arsenal: Szczesny 6, Sagna 6, Mertesacker 6, Vermaelen 5, Gibbs 7, Flamini 5, Arteta 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Rosicky 6, Cazorla 6, Giroud 7.Subs: Kallstrom 6, Sanogo 6, Podolski 8.

SWANSEA: Vorm 7, Rangel 6, Williams 7, Chico Flores 7, Taylor 7, Britton 7, Shelvey 6, De Guzman 6, Routledge 6, Michu 6, Bony 9. Subs: Davies 6, Dyer 6, Hernandez 7.


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