Thursday, November 27, 2014   

(Football) Jeers ring in Arsenal ears
(03-26 11:10)

Arsenal conceded an injury-time own-goal to give Swansea a 2-2 draw yesterday and fall further behind in the English Premier League title race.
Coming off a 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal endured another demoralizing result after rallying for a 2-1 lead _ only to concede a fluke equalizer, AP reports.
Per Mertesacker slid in front of Leon Britton to clear a dangerous ball, but it bounced off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny onto Mathieu Flamini and into the net.
Arsenal had trailed after Wilfried Bony put the visitors ahead with a header in the 11th minute. But substitute Lukas Podolski equalized in the 73rd and then set up Olivier Giroud for the second less than 70 seconds later.
However, the late equalizer leaves Arsenal six points behind leader Chelsea in fourth place. That last Champions League spot now suddenly looks vulnerable as well, with Everton six points behind with a game in hand as Arsenal look increasingly likely to finish yet another season fighting for fourth place.
Swansea even left feeling aggrieved after referee Lee Probert blew for full time just as Jonathan de Guzman was racing clear on goal with a chance to net a winner.
Arsenal started ambitiously and seemed eager to turn the page on the Chelsea embarrassment. However, the home side was caught on the counterattack when Neil Taylor sent a ball into the area and Bony beat defender Thomas Vermaelen in the air to head the opener at the near post.
Arsenal dominated possession for much of the rest of the game but failed to create any chances until they netted two goals in the space of 70 seconds midway through the second half. First, Kieran Gibbs cut into the left side of the area and squared for Podolski, who slotted in the equalizer. Shortly after the restart, Swansea gave the ball away and Podolski turned provider as he raced down the left flank and crossed for Giroud, who couldn't miss from close range.
Arsenal, who had been booed off the pitch at half time, seemed to have turned things around only to concede the nearly comical equalizer.


   
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