Swansea defeat Arsenal in five goal thriller

Updated: January 15, 2012

Swansea welcomed Arsenal to the Liberty stadium and sent the Premier League high flyers back to London with their collective tails between their legs after they beat the Gunners 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

In a game that was absorbing throughout the 90 minutes it was the Premier League new boys who took the three points as Arsenal’s inability to perform away from home this season came back to haunt them.

Robin van Persie gave the away side the perfect start to the game when he opened the scoring after only five minutes. A beautifully timed pass from Andrey Arshavin carved the home side apart and van Perise slotted the ball home.

Swansea were shocked into life and got back on level terms 16 minutes later when Nathan Dyer went down, softly enough, under a challenge from Aaron Ramsey to win his side a penalty which Scott Sinclair dispatched into the Arsenal net.

The chances flowed for both sides thereafter.Theo Walcott blazed over after being located down the right side by Van Persie, while Arshavin was equally wasteful when missing an easy enough chance.

Swansea had their fair share of chances too and they finally converted one on the 57th minute mark when Dyer put his side into the lead after some excellent play from Joe Allen put Dyer in the clear to score.

Things got even better for the home side 13 minutes later. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass put Danny Graham in the clear. He steered the ball past the on rushing Szczesny to give his side an invaluable lead, only moments after Walcott has brought Arsenal level.

Not even the introduction of Thierry Henry could prevent Arsenal slipping to a sixth defeat away from home and puts their Premier League challenge back even further,

Speaking after the game, a delighted Graham said ” It was a great game for the spectators with two passing teams, and I thought we deserved the win.

“We responded quickly (after Arsenal went ahead), we got the goal not so long after theirs and took them on in the second half. For us to score so quickly after they equalised was massive and we played good stuff towards the end, we’re stood here with three points and I think we deserved it.”

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