SWANSEA, England - Arsenal bounced back from their Champions League exit to step up their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish with a 2-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho secured the victory which 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 STG8.3 million ($F22.4m) move from Malaga in January.
Then, with Swansea looking for a leveller, Gervinho secured the win in added time. Wenger had called on his side to display the qualities they had shown in beating Bayern Munich in mid-week, when they went out of the Champions League on away goals.