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Player Ratings: Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal

Arsenal travelled to South Wales on Saturday afternoon to face a Swansea side struggling for points and with their newly appointed manager, Paul Clement.

It was Swansea who started the game the better, as Arsenal looked very lethargic. The Swans had a couple of chances early in the game but in fairness, the first 25 minutes was pretty dire. However, with one moment of quality Arsenal managed to open the scoring: a flowing move led to a Ramsey cross for Giroud to just miss but Sanchez picked the ball up, crossed and Giroud finished off Ozil’s ricocheted header. 

The second-half was a completely different game. Arsenal camped out in Swansea’s half for 10 minutes until Iwobi’s deflected shot made it 2-0, effectively killing the game. Iwobi again tormented the Swansea defence resulting in yet another own goal. Sanchez finished the game off to make it four and give Arsenal the three points. 

So here are the player ratings…

Petr Cech: 6.5/10

A relatively quiet game for the Czech goalie. Cech didn’t really have much to do the throughout the game as Swansea offered little threat. The first 25 minutes were worrying but Mustafi and Koscielny shielded him reasonably well. After a 3-3 draw, a clean sheet is a welcome reward. 

Gabriel: 7.5/10

The Brazilian has been shifted to an unnatural position with Bellerin’s absence but has done extremely well. Yes, Arsenal don’t get the same offensive output with Gabriel on the pitch but defensively, he has been very solid, maybe better than Hector Bellerin. A very assured game from the Brazilian today. 

Laurent Koscielny: 7/10

The Frenchman made his 200th Premier League appearance for Arsenal today and what a signing he’s been. Albeit for a few mistakes early on, Koscielny was gifted aan easy game by Swansea. The second-half especially was incredibly easy as Arsenal killed the game off. He couldn’t have wanted for a more comfortable way to mark his 200th League game.

Shkodran Mustafi: 7.5/10 

Like Koscielny, Mustafi had a good game. After a relatively poor performance against Bournemouth, Mustafi returned to somewhere near his best. His distribution especially was absolutely superb. Moreover, the German international remains unbeaten since joining the club, let’s hope that continues. 

Nacho Monreal: 7/10 

A solid game from the Spaniard. Much like Gabriel oon the other side, Monreal dealt with Swansea’s relatively low threat with ease. Moreover, he made some creative runs going forward to give the wingers space – a good game from the Spaniard. 

Granit Xhaka: 6/10 

In the first-half, Xhaka wasn’t really visible, in the second, he began to start dictating the game. It wasn’t a game whereby the Swiss international dominated from deep but rather just kept Arsenal’s attacks going. Against the bigger teams he might get exposed. 

Aaron Ramsey: 6.5/10

While Xhaka stayed deep, Ramsey was given much more license to go forward. At times the Welshman looked sloppy in possession but he still contributed to Arsenal’s attacks. An ok game for Welshamn, it remains to be seen if he and Xhaka can play together. 

Alex Iwobi: 7.5/10

The youngster was a bit quiet in the second-half but like the team as a whole, he came out firing in the second. Some fans might have argued for Iwobi to be rested but it seems that Arsenal made the right call. Iwobi had a hand in two goal, albeit both were own goals but he should be given credit for a superb ball through to Oxlade-Chamberlain during the buildup for Arsenal’s fourth. 

Mesut Ozil: 6.5/10

Not much to say for Ozil; he didn’t have a bad game but neither was he outstanding. A fairly average game for the German. 

Alexis Sanchez: 7/10

The Chilean started on the wing and was his usual energetic and ferocious self. Although he didn’t carry as much threat as he has done in recent weeks, he provided Arsenal with pace down the wings and a reliable outlet. In the second-half he switched inside to take over from Giroud who was substituted. He immediately was much more threatening and got Arsenal’s fourth goal to go top of the goalscoring charts. 

Olivier Giroud: 7/10

The Frenchman scored yet again, that’s now five in five games. As most good strikers do, Giroud was very quiet early on but came alive when he needed to. After a poor first-half from the Gunners, Giroud started the goalscoring. He was substituted early in the second-half, let’s hope it’s not too serious. 

Substitutes 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6.5/10

Came on for Giroud early in the second-half, had some nice touches and was involved in Arsenal’s fourth goal. A good performance off the bench for The Ox. 

Lucas Perez: 6/10 

Came on late but didn’t really have much of an effect on the game. 

Danny Welbeck: 6/10

Much like Perez, Welbeck didn’t really do much off the bench. 

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