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Swansea fight back to stun Arsenal

Football
Wed, 31 Jan 2018


LONDON: Mohammed Salah converted a late penalty to steer Liverpool to a deserving 3-0 victory over Huddersfield early this morning in the English Premier League as Arsenal suffered yet another setback losing 1-3 to Swansea City.

Arsenal suffered as Swansea City capitalised on some glaring errors at the Liberty Stadium, boosting their survival hopes and denting the visitors’ top four chances.

Arsenal took the lead through Nacho Monreal after 33 minutes, but their advantage lasted just seconds as Mesut Ozil gave the ball away and Sam Clucas finished for the home side.

Worse was to come for Arsenal in the second-half as goal-keeper Petr Cech sliced an attempted clearance, leaving Jordan Ayew to fire home after 61 minutes before Clucas finished right-footed to grab his second of the night with four minutes remaining.

Rejuvenated

The defeat leaves Arsenal in sixth place, eight points adrift of Liverpool in fourth, while Swansea, who have been rejuvenated by new manager Carlos Carvalhal, climbed out of the bottom three, moving above Stoke City on goal difference.

In another Premier League match, injury-plagued West Ham United fought back to salvage a 1-1 home draw against Crystal Palace in a hard-fought encounter at the London Stadium.

With 10 first team players missing, including influential pair Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, the situation looked grim for West Ham boss David Moyes when Palace took the lead through Belgian striker Christian Benteke in the 23rd minute.

Yet the hosts responded and were rewarded when referee Neil Swarbrick awarded them a penalty for a foul by former Hammers defender James Tomkins, with West Ham captain Mark Noble calmly dispatching the spot kick two minutes before half-time.

The draw means West Ham go above Watford into tenth place, while Palace remain a point back in 12th.

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