A gorgeous free kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson and an equally stunning header by Bafetimbi Gomis three minutes later was enough for Swansea to claim a 2-1 victory over Arsenal Sunday at Liberty Stadium.
The three points allowed the Swans to overtake fifth place on the Premier League table from Arsenal, who suffered only their second loss of the term. It also comes on the heels of the Gunner’s dissappointing draw in Champions League play against Anderlecht earlier in the week.
The Gunners held a 1-0 lead after Alexis Sanchez’s goal in the 63rd minute, but Sigurdsson capitalized on a poor foul by Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and curved his free kick over the defense’s wall and into the top left corner past Wojcech Szczesny in the 75th.
One minute later Gomis, who was a free transfer earlier this year, entered for Wilfried Bony and stunned Arsenal with the winning header. In the 78th, midfielder Jefferson Montero launched an excellent cross into the heart of Arsenal’s area and Gomis skied and buried the header into the bottom left corner.
Rain soaked the pitch throughout the match, making for a sloppy start for both sides. The weather also led to some careless tackling and a combined 10 yellow cards were served up, though none of the rougher plays could have been considered malicious.
The Gunners appeared safe after Sanchez struck first in the 63rd. Finally comfortable with the slick terrain, the Gunners managed to start a fast break and worked some excellent passing up the pitch and deep into Swansea’s penalty area.