Szczesny – 6 Shouldn’t have been beaten from such a tight angle by Danny Graham (although it was a neat finish), and very nearly saved Scott Sinclair’s penalty.
Djourou – 6 Not a natural right-back, and it really showed. He moved forward well, and provided a good ball for Walcott’s goal, but got caught out of position on several occasions and played Swansea’s players onside a few time. Can’t wait to have Sagna back!!
Koscielny – 7.5 Our best player by a country mile was let down by the players around him. Lack of effort/help from the midfielders meant that Swansea were able run at our defence on a regular basis, but Laurent covered well, made some great tackles, and pushed forward when we were looking for an equaliser.
Mertesacker – 6 Missed the perfect opportunity to grab us a third goal. Even if there were players around him, the least he should do from that close it his the target! Not as strong as Kos defensively because he is too slow (which is not really something that he can work on). Positioning was good though.
Miquel – 6 Like Djourou, Miquel was playing out of position. He moves forward well, but his positioning at left-back is pretty poor and that led to at least one of Swansea’s goals.
Song – 5.5 Before the game everybody was saying that we are very lucky that Cameroon didn’t qualify for the African Cup of Nations, but this performance did little for his reputation. Song is normally one of the most important players, but against Swansea he duly failed to deliver. Gave the ball away a lot and didn’t protect the back four.
Ramsey – 4 Gave the ball away more times than I could count, and his lack of composure in/around the opponents box is on the same level as Andrey Arshavin’s at the moment. Was unlucky to concede the penalty, but that was the least of his problems.
Benayoun – 5 Was given the opportunity to show what he is capable of in the absence of Arteta through injury, but didn’t make the most of it. He was absent for large spells of the game. Yossi is pretty small and was pushed off the ball too easily.
Arshavin – 5.5 A fantastic and perfectly-weighted ball to Robin van Persie was followed with absolutely nothing. He lost his shooting boots about 18 months ago and has clearly not bought new ones. Andrey is better than this (I think…)!
Walcott – 6 Very well taken goal (I will admit that I was expecting him to miss), but his crossing was below par and he had a very average game.
Van Persie – 7 A fantastic finish early on, but Robin failed to really impose himself on the game. He tried hard to create space, but Swansea were defensively organised.
Rosicky – 6.5 More influential that Benayoun – why didn’t Wenger take off Ramsey??? – but didn’t really create enough in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch. Had one decent run and shot with about 10 minutes left.
Henry – 6.5 Had a few efforts on goal and attempted to make space, but was clearly frustrated as most of the other players were more interested in giving the ball away.
Chamberlain – 6.5 Added some much-needed urgency, but wasn’t on the pitch for that long.
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