Arsenal managed to let an opportunity slip by them on Monday in a stunning 1-0 defeat against Swansea. The loss does not exactly hurt Arsenal, but a win could have applied pressure to Manchester City as the two teams battle for second place in the Barclays Premier League. Instead, Arsenal now finds themselves in third place and Man City comfortably in position to keep a hold of their ranking in the table. The match was lackluster for the most part, but Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal in the 85th minute put Swansea ahead in exciting fashion. Many fans in Emirates Stadium believed the goal should not be granted on first glance, but thanks to goal-line cameras, views of the ball crossing into the goal before goalkeeper David Ospina could deflect it. The stunner does not bode well for Ospina in a season that has already seen fans and reporters calling for Wojciech Szczesny to replace him.
The goal was the second for Gomis against Arsenal this season, the first coming during Swansea’s 2-1 victory back in November. Arsenal fans, including Sam Tabar (twitter), expected a much better showing from their club, but were disappointed once again with their team’s performance. The win for Swansea puts them in position for a place in the UEFA Europa League. Meanwhile, Arsenal will have to find a way to recover before facing Manchester United on May 17.