Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea


Arsenal played Swansea on Saturday afternoon, in what was a very strange performance. In the first-half Arsenal didn’t look too good but after some quick passing, Swansea failed to clear the ball and Walcott managed to bundle it in. Walcott was at it again as he scored Arsenal’s second shortly after; after a corner, the ball fell to Walcott who was in an ideal position and just swept in Arsenal’s second. Arsenal should’ve finished the half ahead by two goals but Swansea stole a goal after poor control from Xhaka.

The second-half started much like the first and was frankly slightly dull, that is until Ozil scored. Alexis Sanchez chipped the ball over Swansea’s defence and for Ozil who then smashed the ball in. That should’ve killed the game until Granit Xhaka could Barrow around the halfway line and was given a very harsh red card. Swansea did get another goal back but Arsenal just held on to win 3-2, so let’s have a look at the player ratings for today.

Petr Cech: 7/10

In what was a game where it seemed Arsenal were trying to give a goal away, Cech just about did his job. Arsenal’s defence looked surprisingly poor, but Cech just about did as much as he could.


Hector Bellerin: 6.5/10

An ok game for the Spaniard. Bellerin looked good going forward but really struggled with deep crosses. He needs to work on the defensive side of his game.


Shkodran Mustafi: 6.5/10

After a run of outstanding performances, Mustafi has his first average, if not below par performance. He seemed to struggle aerially and even lost out in the physical battle. Let’s hope this is just a blip.


Laurent Koscielny: 7.5/10

Led by example again. It was a poor defensive performance overall, Koscielny once again was solid. A tough game for Arsenal but the captain just about got the back four through it.


Nacho Monreal: 6/10

It seemed Swansea targeted Monreal and for the most part, they were right to do so. Barrow was a constant threat down Arsenal’s left and really troubled Monreal. It wasn’t Monreal’s best game, thus he gets an unusually low rating for him.


Granit Xhaka: 6.5/10

First things first, Xhaka’sred card was very harsh; the tackle wasn’t malicious and he wasn’t stopping a goal. He also was culpable for Swansea’s first goal. After a poor touch, Sigurðsson stole the ball from him and finished well. Other than that, Xhaka was very quiet on the ball and didn’t showcase his usual forward first passing.


Santi Cazorla: 6.5/10

Much like Xhaka, Cazorla struggled to get on the ball in midfield. In what usually is a very strong area for Arsenal, the passing in the midfield was poor. Expect him to partner Coquelin in midfield next week, that may help him.


Theo Walcott: 8/10

Probably the ‘Man of the Match’, Walcott could’ve had four goals today. Walcott looked a constant threat today and was the best player on the pitch by quite some distance. He missed a sitter later on but he still gets the top mark today.


Mesut Ozil: 7/10

Ozil scored an absolute belter but outside of that, he had a very quiet game. He seems to be struggling for form at the moment and isn’t playing anywhere near like his best.

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Alex Iwobi: 7.5/10

Another solid game for the young winger. He showed excellent trickery and skill on the left hand side for Arsenal but couldn’t quite get his goal. He produced some magical dribbling to beat three defenders, leading to a chance where Walcott should’ve scored.


Alexis Sanchez: 7.5/10 

Worked hard as usual but couldn’t get his goal. He provided the assist for Ozil with a great chip over the defence but couldn’t get on the scoresheet, a solid game from the Chilean.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10

Although he only made a brief cameo at the end, Chamberlain could’ve arguably had an assist had Walcott scored.

Kieran Gibbs: 6/10

Made the usual appearance off the bench to help Monreal.

Francis Coquelin: 7/10

After a brief injury scare, Coquelin returned to the pitch and showed some needed steel in a very porous midfield.

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