Joel Campbell scores brilliant half-volley against Swansea

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Arsenal needed a fast start in their crucial match against Swansea and they have just been given it by their winger Joel Campbell.

The Costa Rican was handed a rare Premier League start by Arsene Wenger and paid back the Frenchman with a beautifully taken goal.

Alexis Sanchez chipped the ball through and Campbell, whilst sliding along the floor, magnificently half-volleyed the ball past former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabiankski.

Watch the brilliant goal here:

Arsenal fans were obviously delighted with the fantastically taken goal on Twitter:

An early goal was just what the Arsenal fans were praying for on what could prove to be a crucial night in the title race.

However, the Gunners went in at half-time all square after their defence allowed Swansea's Wayne Routledge to drift in un-marked to slide the ball past Petr Cech.

You can't help but feel Arsene Wenger's men desperately need the win at the Emirates tonight.

League leaders Leicester dropped points when they could only draw at home to West Brom last night, while Spurs and Manchester City face tough fixtures away to West Ham and Liverpool respectively.

The Gunners went into the clash against the Swans in third place, trailing Leicester by six points and three points adrift of Spurs.

Campbell is making his 15th appearance in the league, having been on the fringes on the first-team throughout the campaign. However, teammate Theo Walcott was disappointing at Old Trafford on Sunday and finds himself benched by his French manager.

However, you couldn't blame some players if they had one eye on the huge north London derby on Saturday.

Spurs are seeking their first league title victory since 1961, while the Gunners are hoping to end their Premier League glory drought which stretches back to 2004 and the two sides meet at White Hart Lane at Saturday lunchtime.

After their disappointing 3-2 loss against United, pundits heavily criticised the Emirates side. Wenger felt that there was an overreaction to the defeat and said: "I'm never surprised by the criticism by the media," he told reporters. "I think people have been a bit too emotional. We've had a bad week, [then] two wins and we have a very good week."

But anything other than a win tonight will leave Wenger having to answer plenty of questions.

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