Arsenal all but ended their title hopes after being held to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates by the travelling Swansea side in what was a crazy match from the onset. Swansea took the lead though a brilliant Wilfried Bony header only for the Gunners to strike back late in the second half with two goals of their own in just a matter of a minutes. First it was Lukas Podolski who adjusted his body position to turn home Kieran Gibbs’ cross and then it was the German himself who set up Frenchman Olivier Giroud to tap in from close range.
As Arsenal might have thought they had done enough to grab a crucial win to keep their hope alive of securing the Premier League crown, a bizarre own goal from Mathieu Flamini restored parity for the Swans in the dying seconds of the match. Arsenal now are fourth in the table, two points behind Liverpool in third and six behind leaders Chelsea going to the weekend. Manager Arsene Wenger compounded his frustration as his side couldn’t recover from the demoralizing 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea from the weekend.
Wenger said, “Winning the title isn’t our biggest worry at the moment because we have to be realistic,” said Wenger. Man City look unstoppable and are favourites because they have two games in hand. We have not much room to come back into it. We have to look behind us; of course, we also have to look in front of us, but as well behind us.”
Wenger continued, “We now have to focus and prepare well for the next game. It will be open until the end, we can still have surprises. Yes the result is very disappointing but the spirit we put in and the effort we put in was great. We have to take as we now can’t change the result.” Swansea manager Gary Monk however was pleased with a point and said he would taken it since coming to the Emirates is always a difficult task for any team.
Elsewhere Ross Barkley scored a memorable solo goal, reminiscent of the great Diego Maradona taking tha ball from the half way line and dribbling past almost the entire Newcastle back line to give Everton a deserved lead at Tyneside. Romeu Lukaku doubled the last late on as Leon Osman completed the rout. Everton are currently fifth in the table eight points behind Arsenal with a game in hand.