Sam Clucas scored a brace for Swansea who recorded their second straight win in the English Premier League by defeating Arsenal 3-1. Arsenal handed Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi his 15th appearance of the season at the Liberty Stadium as the Gunners suffered their seventh league defeat of the campaign.
The win moves Swansea out of the relegation zone to 17th in the EPL table and for new coach Carlos Carvalhal it was his third league win in five games since he took charge of the team.
Swansea who had defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium in their last game a week ago were behind after 33 minutes on Tuesday night.
Nacho Monreal gave Arsenal the lead – his fourth goal of the EPL campaign – but the Gunners’ celebration was short lived as 60 seconds after Sam Clucas beat Petr Cech from close range after poor defending from Arsenal.
Jordan Ayew made it 2-1 for Swansea in the 61st minute of the game, tapping in a poor clearance from Cech who will wait for his 200th EPL clean sheet.
Clucas smashed in his second (Swansea’s third) from close range in the 86th minute to extend their unbeaten run to six games under coach Carvahal.
Swansea had the better chances in the first half and looked far more threatening in first half that the Gunners who were just pleased to string passes around.
In the second half, Arsenal continued their domination in midfield depriving but lacked the cutting edge to break down the resolute defending of the Swans.
Nathan Dyer could have put the game beyond reach for Swansea in the 72nd minute after he latched on to a poor header from Shkodran Mustafi but the petit forward failed to hit target from close range.
With 14 minutes left to play, Arsene Wenger replaced Iwobi with Olivier Giroud but the French striker failed to salvage a point for his team as the Swans held on for a remarkable win.
At the Olympic Stadium in London, West Ham and Crystal Palace played out a 1-1 draw.
Christian Benteke gave the Eagles the lead in the 24th minute for his second goal of the season but Mark Noble earned a share of the spoils for the Hammers two minutes from half time from the penalty spot to ensure David Moyes’ side are unbeaten in their last six games.
West Ham are 10th in the table, one point ahead of Crystal Palace who 12th after the draw.