In a surprise turn of events to the closing matches of the Premier League, Swansea stuns Arsenal 1-0 via a late goal.
The surprise goal came in just four minutes before time, courtesy of striker Bafetimbi Gornis, who put Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina through a tough challenge. Gornis also got a little help from the goal-decision system the league implements after it awarded the point to Swansea despite Ospina’s efforts to deflect the ball.
Swansea boldly went toe to toe with the Gunners, with manager Garry Monk adeptly implementing a 4-3-3 system. Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson led the charge for Monk, supported by Jonjo Shelvey. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski also proved to be vital for Swansea’s defense, with him taunting his former team with plenty of great saves. Fabianski stayed with Arsenal until last last year.
However, the Gunners were not going to take things easy, with them bent on continuing their challenge against Manchester City for second place in the Premier League standings. Aaron Ramsey headed to the field despite a lingering leg problem. Ramsey provided one of the closest opportunities Arsenal had in the first half, with him delivering a cross to Olivier Giroud. Unfortunately for the team, Giroud’s shot went a little too high.
In the second half, Arsenal continued the pressure they started to put onto Swansea at the close of the first, with Ramsey getting his own opening at the goal. However, Fabianski still proved to be tough to break, as he managed to block off Ramsey’s attempt, as well as one coming from Santi Cazoria. The goalkeeper also blocked a shot by Nacho Monreal.
With 24 minutes left, Arsenal switched players, with Jack Wilshere coming in for Francis Coquelin and Giroud exiting in favour of Theo Walcott.
However, the Swans mounted a last minute offense, with winger Jefferson Montero delivering a floater to Gornis, who promptly shoved it in. Ospina appeared to have caught the ball, but the GDS ruled that it was already past the line and awarded the point to Swansea.