Ash: I'm so proud of the guys
2nd March 2016
Matchwinner Ashley Williams hailed the Swans' character and determination following their 2-1 comeback victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Swans, who were led by Alan Curtis due to head coach Francesco Guidolin missing the game due to a chest infection, secured three key points thanks to goals from Wayne Routledge and Williams.
They had it all to do, however, as Joel Campbell fired the Gunners ahead after just 15 minutes.
Alexis Sanchez also hit the post for the hosts, while Olivier Giroud saw his powerful effort crash off the crossbar.
But Routledge finished from close range after he latched onto Jack Cork's pinpoint through ball just past the half-hour mark.
And in a thrilling second half, Swans skipper Williams used his thigh to nudge home sub Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick with 15 minutes remaining.
The Swans, who had made six changes to the side that was beaten at Tottenham, defence held strong late on to keep Arsene Wenger's side at bay, with victory moving the visitors six points clear of third-bottom Norwich City, who visit the Liberty this Saturday.
And Williams was bursting with pride when he reflected on another famous night at the Emirates for the Swans, who have won three and drawn one of their five Premier League fixtures at the venue.
"I was obviously very happy to score the goal - it was an important goal - but the most the important thing is that we came here, showed a great attitude and pushed on when we were drawing to get three points," said Williams.
"I'm so proud of the guys. It's a difficult place to come against a very good team who are trying to win the league.
"We made a lot of changes to the team and went a goal down, but we showed a lot of character and determination to come back.
"They had a lot of chances, but overall I felt we deserved something from the game.
"There were a lot of people that didn't think we would get anything from the game, but we have to back this win up with another win on Saturday or else it counts for nothing.
"We'll just take it one game at a time but it's nice to prove to ourselves again that we can go anywhere and pick up points."