Swansea sink Arsenal
Swansea recorded their first back to back victory this season as they came from behind to defeat Arsenal 3-1 at Liberty Stadium. Monreal scored the opener for Arsenal on 33 minutes. However, that lasted no longer than a minute as Sam Clucas equalized for the Swans with a left-footed shot inside the box. The match looked dominant for Swansea on the scoreline however it was not the case. Arsenal created many chances but failed to convert any of them in the remainder of the match. 60th minute of the match saw the introduction of Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he made his debut for the Gunners but no less than coming into the match, the Welsh side took the lead courtesy of Jordan Ayew’s strong shot which flew past Cech’s goal. Sam Clucas scored his second of the night on 86th minute which secured the three points for Swansea.
This is the first time Swansea have managed to win back to back games in the league. They defeated Liverpool in their previous match 1-0 through a set piece goal from Alfie Mawson. The Welsh side have looked confident in the last two matches recording victories against top 6 teams and look better both on and off the ball. Last night was also only the third time this season they scored more than one goal in a match. The credits for this turn around in Swans’ fortunes mainly belongs to Alfie Mawson and Sam Clucas’s inspiring performances throughout the season.
The two British born players have been consistently performing well despite the team failing to get positive results. Now, the tides seems to be shifting in the Swans’ favor. With the current form they could be on course to securing another year in the English top flight. Swansea go to Leicester in their next fixture on Saturday looking to build on their current good form.
Other results see Liverpool record a double over Huddersfield with a comfortable 3-0 win at the the John Smith stadium. Emre Can opened the scoring for the Reds with a long range strike which beat the goal keeper via deflection. Roberto Firmino doubled the lead in the last minute of the first half from an unlikely angle. On 78th minute Emre Can was brought down inside the penalty area which was converted by Mohammed Salah. In the other game West ham drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke gave Palace the lead in the 24th minute scoring and thumping header. That lead lasted short as at the other end Javier Hernandez was brought down inside the box by James Tomkins. Mark Noble took the responsibility and converted the spot kick equalizing for the Hammers.
Tonight’s fixtures see Chelsea visiting Bournemouth. Chelsea are looking to finalize a deal with Edin Dzeko before the end of January transfer window. Everton host Leicester who are showing good form as of late mainly due to inspiring performances from Riyad Mahrez. Rumors have been circulating that Mahrez has handed in a transfer request and wishes to join either Manchester City or Liverpool soon. Newcastle entertain Burnley and Brighton pay a visit to the south coast in Southampton. Man City look to carry on their untouchable form as they host West Brom who must be feeling confident after knocking out Liverpool in their FA Cup tie. The massive game for the night however remains clash between Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United.
United beat Spurs 1-0 at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture with a late Anthony martial goal. Spurs will be looking to keep up pace with Liverpool for the fourth place and have some revenge of their own against the Red Devils. Lowly Stoke taking on Watford also kicks off at the same time.