Arsenal beat Swansea to close in on top four

Swansea's victory at Newcastle United two weeks previously had taken the League Cup winners to the 40-point target set by Laudrup at the start of the season, prompting him to set a new target of a top-half finish.

updated: March 16, 2013 23:11 IST
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Swansea: Arsenal bounced back from their Champions League exit to step up their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish as goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho secured a 2-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday.

The win moved Arsene Wenger's side to within two points of fourth-place Chelsea, 24 hours before Rafael Benitez's side face West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners struggled to break down Michael Laudrup's side but eventually made the breakthrough when Monreal scored his first goal since arriving at the club in an £8.3 million ($13.2 million, 9.7 million euros) move from Malaga in January.

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