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Football: Flamini own goal adds to Arsenal woes

Published on Mar 26, 2014 6:51 AM
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (right) scores during their English Premier League match against Swansea City at the Emirates stadium in London on March 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal's spluttering title challenge suffered another major blow as Mathieu Flamini's last-gasp own goal forced the Gunners to settle for a 2-2 draw against Swansea City on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Arsene Wenger's side looked set to bounce back from Saturday's humiliating 6-0 defeat at Chelsea after two goals in the space of 60 seconds midway through the second half from Lukas Podolski and then Olivier Giroud erased Wilfried Bony's early opener at the Emirates Stadium.

But Flamini deflected the ball into his own net from close range in the final moments to leave Arsenal six points behind leaders Chelsea with only seven games left.

That devastating setback may well herald the end of fourth-placed Arsenal's title bid and even their place in the top four is not secure as fifth-placed Everton, currently six points behind the Gunners, have a game in hand and will host Wenger's team at Goodison Park in April.

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