Arsenal’s title hopes took a further knock after the Gunners were held to a 2-2 home draw with Swansea City in the English Premier League on Tuesday night. Substitute Lukas Podolski looked to be the magic card for the hosts when he came on in the second half and scored the equalising goal and provided the assist that would give Arsene Wenger’s side the lead and a false confidence if they thought they were going to claim all three points.
The first half saw Wenger’s men attack and maintain possession, but in what is also becoming the routine with teams that face Arsenal, the opposition was first to score. A Swansea cross saw Ivorian, Wilfred Bony rise above Thomas Vermaelen to head home the opening goal. The home side were desperate to get the fans back behind them with more daring play that inevitably left them exposed at the back and a counter-attack saw the Gunners outnumbered two players to four in their own half.
The quest for a leveller was accomplished when substitute Podolski tapped home after some commendable work from Kieran Gibbs and two minutes later, scorer turned provider when the German’s cross met Olivier Giroud to give Arsenal something they had not had in a number of matches prior to and including this one – the lead. Wenger thought his side had all three points in the bag at the Emirates Stadium until a mix up at the back proved to be fatal as Frenchman Matthieu Flamini gifted the Swans a life line in the league through an own goal.