A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.
The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s humiliation at Stamford Bridge when they take on Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners will have both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs available after the red card shown to Gibbs for the incident involving them both at Stamford Bridge was rescinded, though Laurent Koscielny is out after he picked up a calf injury at the weekend.
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Arsene Weneger’s 1000th match in charge of Arsenal ended in misery as his side were thumped 6-0 by league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Samuel Eto’o put the hosts in front on five minutes, and their advantage was doubled just two minutes later through Andre Schurlle – both goals coming from clinical counter-attacking from Jose Mourinho’s side.
Then, on seventeen minutes, the Blues were awarded a penalty after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped an Eden Hazard shot away with his fingertips.
The incident led to a sending off, it was defender Kieran Gibbs who was dismissed after referee Andre Marriner appeared to have mistaken him as the culprit.
Hazard duly converted the penalty, before Oscar made it 4-0 three minutes before the break.
The Brazil international then scored his second and his sides fifth on sixty-six minutes before substitute Mohamed Salah completed the Gunners’ misery with his first goal for the club five minutes later.
The result sees Arsenal slip to fourth place, after both Liverpool and Manchester City beat Cardiff City and Fulham respectively.
The Gunners will however be able to close the gap between themselves and Chelsea back to four points when they take on Swansea City tomorrow evening,
Arsenal’s chances of winning a first league title in a decade were boosted as they beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
Tomas Rosicky’s second minute strike was enough to secure the Gunners a first league win at the home of their rivals in six and a half years, and move them to within four points of leaders Chelsea, who lost at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal kept hold of top spot after extending their winning streak in the league to five games with victory at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
After a goalless first half, Germany U17 international Serge Gnabry opened the scoring with his first goal for the club on 58 minutes.
Arsenal will be looking to strengthen their grip on top spot in the Premier League as they travel to face Swansea City in tomorrow’s late kick-off.
The Gunners will give late fitness tests to Mathieu Flamini and man of the moment Aaron Ramsey ahead of the game, with the pair suffering from shoulder and thigh problems respectively.
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Arsenal will be without midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for this evening’s Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbache.
The 20 year old injured his knee in Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa and will be out of action for up to six weeks though defenders Bacaray Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal should all be available for selection.
Newcastle United have rejected a bid of around £10m from Arsenal for midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to Sky Sports.
The Gunners are desperate to bring in some new faces after so far failing to land any of their top transfer targets, and have begun with a bid for the France international.
Liverpool have told Luis Suarez’s suitors that they will not even consider bids of less than £40million, the Metro understands.
The Gunners were reported to be preparing a fresh bid for the Uruguayan striker, who has repeatedly expressed his desire to leave Anfield this summer.