North London giants Arsenal welcomed Francesco Guidolin’s side at the Emirates on Wednesday night though the head coach himself could not make the trip due to health issues. Swansea City were struggling in the bottom half of the Premier League table while Arsenal were working hard to keep their title hopes alive. The home side started the game well as well, when Joel Campbell managed to put them in front in the 15th minute after Alexis Sanchez played a lobbed pass to him over the opposition defence and he produced a classy finish to beat Lukas Fabianski and make it 1-0.
The home side were dominating play and hit the frame of goal a few times, yet the Swans managed to score in the 32nd minute, as Wayne Routledge beat Petr Cech to make it 1-1.
The two sides went into the break after an evenly matched half and the three points still up for grabs.
After the break, there were chances but no more goals were scored beyond the 70-minute mark. The break finally came when Ashley Williams managed to give his side the lead from a cheap free kick near the edge of the box in the 74th-minute. All he had to do was to tap the ball into the back of the net beating Cech from Gylfi Sigurðsson’s delivery and it was 2-1 to the visitors.
The Gunners tried their best to come back into the game, but all efforts went in vain. Another major defeat for Arsenal, which surely dented their hopes of winning the title this season and the French manager did not seem pleased, as Cech also picked up an injury.
Here are the main points covered by Wenger in his press conference and what he had to say after his side’s loss:
“We created many chances and were unlucky in our finishing. It was a very disappointing result.”
“I’m worried about results. It’s a very difficult moment for the team so we need to focus on ourselves and do the basics.”
“Cech got a muscular problem at the end of the game. He will not play on Saturday. I have full faith in Ospina.”
“We have to get back to positive results. It’s been very unpredictable this season. We need to focus on the next game.”