Michael Laudrup left frustrated as Swansea City are beaten by Arsenal
MICHAEL Laudrup was left frustrated as Swansea City were beaten by Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon and admitted: "I thought it would be a draw."
Arsene Wenger's under-pressure Gunners side exacted revenge for their defeat by Swansea at the Emirates in December thanks to late goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho.
The home side had started the contest brightly enough, but they lost their way as the game wore on and Arsenal's greater composure in possession eventually told.
Left-back Monreal netted for the first time since his January move from Malaga 16 minutes from the end before Gervinho sealed the victory in stoppage time.
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Swansea had seen chances go begging in the first period, first when Angel Rangel shot wide and then when Michu's low drive rolled just the wrong side of the post.
Yet Arsenal had threatened earlier too, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain twice hitting the woodwork.
"In the first half we saw some good football from both sides. They had a couple of chances and we had a couple as well, with maybe the biggest one for Angel" Laudrup said.
"In the second half there was much less good football in my modest opinion. There was a lot of play in midfield and not really many shots on target and I thought it was going to finish 0-0.
"But you know when things are like this that the first goal many times will decide the game, and that is what happened. It was a strange goal, but that decided the game."
Swansea battled hard throughout the game despite having little to play for in comparison to their opponents.
And Laudrup added: "I cannot say anything about the attitude of my players. Some players played better than others, but they tried," he added.
"It's important to try to find motivation in every game we play, and I think we did that."