Snapshot | Mutual respect

10th August 2020
First team
Ashley Williams Thierry Henry

Ashley Williams and Thierry Henry shake hands and prepare to swap shirts as a sign of mutual respect after Swansea City's famous win over Arsenal on January 15, 2012.

The Swans had won plenty of plaudits for their attractive style of play during their first Premier League season under Brendan Rodgers, and they underlined their ability by stunning the Gunners in SA1.

The hosts had trailed as Arsene Wenger's side opened the scoring through Robin van Persie, the Dutchman holding off Steven Caulker to fire home Andrey Arshavin's measured pass.

But Swansea levelled through a Scott Sinclair penalty, after Aaron Ramsey had fouled Nathan Dyer.

Dyer himself would grab the Swans second, finding the net from a neat Joe Allen pass, but they would be pegged back when Theo Walcott lofted the ball over Michel Vorm.

However, just seconds after the restart the hosts would score the winner. Danny Graham took full advantage of hesitancy in the Arsenal defence to sweep home a Gylfi Sigurdsson pass.

It ensured a first win over Arsenal in 30 years with Henry, introduced as a second-half substitute, unable to help the visitors find a late equaliser.