TEN YEARS AT THE LIBERTY: A comeback to be proud of
28th June 2016
In our final feature celebrating Swansea City's tenth season at the Liberty Stadium, we conclude looking back on the stand-out moments over the last decade.
Here, we return to another famous Swans win as Arsenal are outgunned in SA1.
Swans 2 Arsenal 1
November 9, 2014
There was the victory in 2012, the triumph at the Emirates Stadium a year later and the hard-fought draw in North London at the end of the 2013-14 season. Swansea City have had a knack for securing significant results against Arsenal.
When they welcomed Arsenal to the Liberty Stadium on November 9, 2014, the Swans were aiming to secure yet another memorable triumph over the Gunners.
By the end of the afternoon, only goal difference prevented the Swans from entering the top four, and they were just three points adrift of champions Manchester City.
Here, in a deserved triumph over Arsene Wenger's side, this current class showed their success so far this season as no fluke.
From the first whistle, the Swans matched Arsenal punch for punch, with the midfield of Ki Sung-Yueng and Tom Carroll probing from the centre of the pitch.
It was a see-saw game, end to end but with few clear-cut chances to speak of.
But the Gunners showed their quality when a fine breakaway move led to Alexis Sanchez opening the scoring in the 63rd minute with a deadly finish. The goal was perhaps harsh on Swansea, but there was certainly no feeling sorry for themselves.
Despite their lead, Arsenal never looked comfortable. Swansea, however - for whom Jefferson Montero was outstanding - levelled when Gylfi Sigurdsson curled a sublime 25-yard free-kick into the top corner, after Kieran Gibbs had cynically scythed down the on-rushing substitute Modou Barrow, who was making his debut.
Re-energised by Sigurdsson's goal, Swansea sensed blood.
Swans boss Garry Monk immediately made another change, introducing Bafe Gomis in place of Wilfried Bony, and once again his switch paid dividends.
Montero went past Arsenal right-back Calum Chambers before floating a deep cross into the box that Gomis, towering about Nacho Monreal, headed powerfully across goal and into the far corner. It was the Frenchman's first Premier League goal since arriving on a free transfer in summer. He had only been on the pitch for two minutes.
Arsenal tried to respond, but to no avail.
Arsene Wenger threw on the cavalry in the shape of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, but the damage was done.
The Gunners were rocked and Swansea held out for another important win.
Jazz Richards (2007-2015)
Jazz Richards was a product of local schools football but began his youth career at Welsh neighbours Cardiff City.
After two seasons at the East Wales club, he was released and joined his local professional club Swansea City.
He spent two seasons featuring for Swansea's academy and reserve side, while at the time representing Wales at Under-17 and U19 level.
Richards made his professional debut for the Swans against Middlesbrough on the opening home fixture of the 2009-10 Championship campaign, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute for fellow Welshman Shaun MacDonald.
At the end of the season, having made 15 appearances, Richards was rewarded with a new two-year contract.
Predominantly deployed as a full-back, Richards displayed his versatility by playing in midfield when required and made his first Premier League start in October 2011 at home against Newcastle United.
His progress on the pitch was steady, if not spectacular, and on the May 27, 2012 he won his first senior cap for the Wales national team, coming on as a 79th-minute substitute in a friendly against Mexico.
In January 2013, and with his game time limited at the Liberty Stadium, he was loaned to Championship side Crystal Palace, whom he helped achieve promotion to the Premier League.
Once more, in September 2013, Richards was involved in another loan deal, this time joining Huddersfield Town, where he made nine appearances for the Yorkshire side.
After a one-month loan spell with Fulham in 2015, Richards subsequently joined the Cottagers on a permanent basis in July of that year.