Graham grabs Swansea replay

Danny Graham grabbed a late equaliser for Swansea as their dramatic FA Cup third round clash with Arsenal at Liberty Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw.

Last Updated: 29/01/13 at 19:28 Post Comment

Danny Graham celebrates after his late leveller for Swansea against Arsenal

Danny Graham celebrates after his late leveller for Swansea against Arsenal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

A drab first half gave little indication of the entertainment which was to follow, with substitute Michu making an instant impact as he fired Swansea into the lead in the 58th minute seconds after joining the fray.

The Gunners were sparked into life after falling behind and levelled through their own super-sub in the shape of Lukas Podolski (81) before Kieran Gibbs' superb volley looked to have won it for Arsene Wenger's men two minutes later.

But Swansea hit back, with the visitors switching off at a corner and allowing striker Graham to conjure a clever far-post finish, having been found by Ki Sung-yueng.

In a first half which was dominated by plenty of passing but a real paucity of chances, Graham had one of the best on 13 minutes when he got away from Per Mertesacker and drilled in a powerful shot from outside the box which Wojciech Szczesny did well to parry.

The best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes came shortly before the interval when former Arsenal man Kyle Bartley climbed above Mertesacker to meet a good free-kick from Jonathan De Guzman only to see his header hit the top of the crossbar.

After such a miserable opening period, the game came to life after the break with Olivier Giroud twice going close and Aaron Ramsey seeing penalty appeals waved away by Howard Webb, with replays showing he had tripped himself up in the box with Dwight Tiendalli in pursuit.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup had opted to leave Michu on the bench, but turned to his star forward in the 56th minute and was rewarded with an instant strike, with the Spaniard getting away from a static Arsenal backline to calmly finish beyond Szczesny.

The Gunners were in danger of failing to make the fourth round for the first time in 17 years, with Wenger sending on Podolski for his FA Cup debut in the 72nd minute and the Germany international beating Michel Vorm with a low shot on the turn nine minutes from time.

Arsenal were now in the ascendancy and they seized the lead thanks to a sumptuous volley from Gibbs, with the full-back playing a one-two with Giroud before advancing onto the Frenchman's return pass to smash the ball beyond the helpless Vorm.

However, with progress in sight, Arsenal switched off at the back as Kemy Agustien's corner went all the way through to Ki at the far post, with his ball to Graham turned home by the Swansea striker, who has been linked with a move away from the Welsh club in the January transfer window.

There was still time for the Gunners to go close to snatching victory, with Vorm producing a stunning one-handed save to keep out Laurent Koscielny's powerful header from Theo Walcott's corner.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 26 January 2015
20:00
Rochdale 1-4 Stoke Report
Sunday, 25 January 2015
16:00
Brighton 2-3 Arsenal  
15:00
A Villa 2-1 B'mouth Report
14:00
Bristol C 0-1 West Ham Report
Saturday, 24 January 2015
17:30
Liverpool 0-0 Bolton Report
15:00
Birm'ham 1-2 W Brom Report
Cardiff 1-2 Reading Report
Chelsea 2-4 Bradford Report
Derby 2-0 Chesterfld Report
Man City 0-2 M'boro  

Footer 365

Stephen Hendrie to leave Hamilton for West Ham in the summer

Hamilton have confirmed full-back Stephen Hendrie will join Premier League side West Ham at the end of the season.

Premier League: Chelsea have signed Juan Cuadrado, says Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella

Chelsea have secured the services of Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, according to Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella.

Burnley reiterate Ings stance

Burnley have denied reports Liverpool could sign striker Danny Ings and loan him back to the Clarets for the rest of the season, stating such a move would be against Premier League rules.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company