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Mar 2, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 59,905
Arsenal
1-2
SwanseaSwansea City
Campbell (15')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Routledge (32'), Williams (74')

Result: Arsenal throw away lead to lose at home to Swansea City

Arsenal miss the chance to close within three points of Premier League leaders Leicester City by losing 2-1 at home to Swansea City.

Arsenal have lost three games in a row for the first time in almost six years and missed the chance to close within three points of Premier League leaders Leicester City by losing 2-1 at home to struggling Swansea City.

Ashley Williams of Swansea City scores his side's second goal against Arsenal on March 2, 2016© Getty Images

Swansea, whose manager Francesco Guidolin missed the match because of a chest infection, made several changes from Sunday's defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, resting the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi ahead of Saturday's visit of Norwich, and Arsenal dominated the early stages.

Alexis Sanchez rattled the post in the 11th minute and soon after the hosts were in front as Joel Campbell swept home on the stretch from Sanchez's floated pass.

Joel Campbell scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016© Getty Images

Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin threatened a second for the Gunners, while down the other end Swansea's first menacing moment came when Leroy Fer curled just over the top.

The Swans then levelled in the 32nd minute through Wayne Routledge, who ended a 34-game goal drought in the league by slotting home Jack Cork's pass after Ozil lost the ball in the centre circle.

Wayne Routledge of Swansea City celebrates scoring the equalising goal against Arsenal on March 2, 2016© Getty Images

Arsenal went close to restoring their advantage before half time when they struck the woodwork for a second time, with Olivier Giroud this time crashing a volley against the crossbar from Per Mertesacker's cushioned header.

Sanchez was Arsenal's main threat in the early stages after half time and twice went close, first shooting just wide before failing to apply any kind of touch to prod home an Ozil free kick.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal miskicks during the Premier League match against Swansea City on March 2, 2016© Getty Images

In the 65th minute Swansea were inches from taking a surprise lead when half-time substitute Sigurdsson surged into the area and rounded Petr Cech before firing powerfully across goal and behind for a goal kick from a tight angle.

Arsenal then hit the woodwork for a third time through Sanchez's free kick that slapped back off the bar before Swansea took a stunning lead in the 74th minute. Sigurdsson was the creator, whipping a free kick into the six-yard box where Cech could only parry the ball against Swans captain Ashley Williams and into the net.

The visitors then sat back on their lead and Arsenal could not create many clear openings in the closing moments of the game, with Nacho Monreal, Giroud and Danny Welbeck all guilty of failing to really test Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

It is a first win in five for Swansea, who are now unbeaten in four games at the Emirates, and they edge six points clear of the relegation zone. Arsenal stay third but remain six adrift of Leicester and three behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with the North London derby next on Saturday lunchtime.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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