A late winner from Bafetembi Gomis helped Swansea City claim a 1-0 English Premier League victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London on Monday. Heading into half-time and the visitors’ game plan to frustrate their hosts had worked brilliantly. The Gunners had yet to get a shot on target despite showing some real quality in their build-up play in the final third.
It was all to play for after the break and the hosts came out firing but Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was on a mission to thwart everything that came his way. The former Gunner was in inspired form making save after save including a top draw double stop in the 78th minute to deny Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez. The final 10 minutes saw the home side apply relentless pressure but with the game goalless there was always the threat of a sucker punch from the visitors.
That killer blow did arrive in the form of an 85th minute goal from Gomis. The Ivorian got his head to a Jefferson Montero cross but David Ospina looked to have kept the effort out. However after a few seconds the referee’s watch signalled that a goal had been scored and Garry Monk’s team held on until the final whistle to claim a surprise away victory.
The win sees the Swans complete the league double over Arsene Wenger’s side and move a step closer to securing Europa League football for next season. The Gunners missed the chance to move level on points with Manchester City in second place and next face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.