London - Swansea piled on the misery for Arsenal as Michu scored twice in the
closing minutes to clinch a shock 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on
Spanish forward Michu, a £2m signing from Rayo
Vallecano this past July, underlined his growing reputation as the
bargain buy of the season with a pair of clinical finishes on the
counter attack, prompting Arsenal's fans to unleash a torrent of abuse
at manager Arsene Wenger and his players at full-time.
have now won just one of their last six English Premier League matches and this
defeat dropped the Gunners to 10th place in the table.
London club are now five points off the top four and to add insult to
injury in-form Swansea climbed above them into seventh spot.
was an early scare for Arsenal when they struggled to deal with
Jonathan de Guzman's free-kick into the box and the ball fell to Swansea
captain Ashley Williams in front of goal but a defender was in the way
of the shot that followed.
Arsenal replied with a wayward effort
from Carl Jenkinson but were soon back under pressure and needed
goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to make a double save to deny Angel Rangel.
full-back arrived at the back post to cap a superb passing movement
that had seen almost every outfield player involved and Arsenal chasing
Arsenal moved Lukas Podolski from the left flank to the
central striking position and the Germany forward saw a shot blocked by a
defender before Santi Cazorla headed straight at goalkeeper Gerhard
Tremmel from Jenkinson's cross.
Seconds later Swansea came even
closer to taking the lead after Michu's header sent Nathan Dyer
sprinting for goal, only for Thomas Vermaelen to slide in and block just
as the winger unleashed his shot.
The half ended with Gervinho
putting a free header so wide that Theo Walcott had to retrieve it from
near the corner flag, and the home fans booed Arsenal off as soon as the
The second half saw Jack Wilshere set Cazorla up
for a low drive that Tremmel was able to block and referee Mark
Clattenburg was not interested in awarding a penalty when Chico Flores
Swansea soaked up the pressure and replied
with a shot from Itay Shechter that was deflected behind, before Rangel
hit the side-netting after Cazorla had appeared guilty of a dive in the
box at the other end.
Wenger made a double change in the 67th
minute, with Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing
Gervinho and Lukas Podolski.
Giroud went down straight away as Flores challenged but referee Clattenberg ruled the defender had got the ball.
Arsenal were applying strong pressure but Tremmel was behind Cazorla's volley.
Swansea had not given up hope of snatching a winner and again Arsenal
had Szczesny to thank for a smart save to deny Dwight Tiendalli after
the substitute had moved into a shooting position on the right of the
Tremmel kept out Vermaelen's header at the other end and
Swansea took full advantage of that escape as Michu netted with just two
The Spaniard played a one-two with substitute
Luke Moore which was deflected back into his path and he slotted calmly
Swansea sealed the win in stoppage-time when Dyer
caught Jenkinson in possession to send Michu away and again he made no
mistake with only Szczesny to beat.
The final whistle was greeted
by loud jeers from the home support as the away supporters celebrated a
famous and fully deserved victory.