The Gunners suffered another blow to their title ambitions on Tuesday as Swansea City snatched a dramatic late 2-2 draw at Emirates Stadium after Flamini’s late own-goal.
The North London club will host Manuel Pellegrini’s title chasers at Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening and the Frenchman feels that City game will be a big one in deciding their fate this season.
“That’s going to be a big one”, he told Arsenal’s official website.
“We want to do well, especially after the big loss against Chelsea. We want to prove that we’re one of the big teams in the Premier League.”
“I was coming back and I think the keeper kicked the ball onto my leg and it was an own goal.”
“Of course it’s very disappointing because it was a difficult game. We conceded an early goal, we didn’t play a great first half but we were trying, trying, trying”, he added. “But we played a great second half because we came back winning 2-1 until the end and then we were unlucky on the second goal.”
“We wanted to come back for the fans, especially because they have been behind us since the beginning of the season and especially after the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea. We wanted to react to give them a positive game but unfortunately we conceded at the end.”
Following their drubbing to Chelsea at the Bridge, Arsenal needed a win at all costs. However they finished the night with a costly draw and the season which promised so much now threatens to dissolve into a customary fight for fourth place.
Arsenal got off to a dreadful start as they found themselves a goal behind after just 11 minutes as Wilfried Bony powered a dominant header into the bottom corner.
The Gunners labored to halftime without offering a significant threat to the Swansea goal, but they produced an incredible two goals in two minutes, with the equaliser arriving on 73 minutes. Disaster struck for Arsenal on 90 minutes, as Swansea equalised through an own goal from Mathieu Flamini.
We made a dream start to the Premier League campaign but few bad results in recent weeks and all of a sudden our place in the top four looks in jeopardy. This season’s battle for fourth place seems it will again go right down to the wire and I think the team needs to be on their heels if they are to finish the season on a high.
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