[Player Ratings] Arsenal 1-2 Swansea: Campbell Impresses But Gunners Fail To Fire

By on March 3, 2016

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Arsenal’s title hopes are left in tatters after slumping to a hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Joel Campbell opened the scoring with a fine finish in the 15th minute but Swansea levelled thanks to a controversial Wayne Routledge equaliser before Ashley Williams bundled home the winner midway through the second half.

Here are my ratings from the game:

Cech  5/10 | Should have done better for the Williams goal. It was an excellent delivery from Sigurdsson but Cech should claim it. Hobbled off with a calf injury which rules him out of the Spurs game.

Bellerin  5.5/10 | Was a real outlet down the flank but his delivery was terrible. Went to sleep for the Swansea first goal.

Mertesacker  5.5/10 | Also partially at fault for the first goal. It was a foul on Ozil but the players have to play to the whistle and Per switched off.

Gabriel  6/10 | Looked more comfortable than he did on Sunday but still gave away a silly foul which led to their winner.

Monreal  6/10 | Steady display but like Bellerin, his final ball was disappointing.

Ramsey  5/10 | Showed once again that he’s not suited to the deep lying playmaker role. Doesn’t have the passing range to replace Cazorla as the dictator in the middle of the park.

Coquelin  6/10 | Worked hard to snuff out any Swansea counter attacks but still not up to his pre-injury level yet.

Sanchez  6.5/10 | Extremely unfortunate to hit the woodwork twice but set up the Campbell goal with a superb pass.

Özil  6/10 | Should have won a foul before their crucial first goal. Was a threat when he saw the ball but didn’t have too much to play with.

Campbell  7.5/10 | Superb technique to open the scoring with a fine finish and was easily our most potent threat before he was inexplicably substituted.

Giroud  5/10 | Another disappointing evening for the Frenchman. Smacked the bar from a simple chance at 1-1 and missed a number of other half-chances.

Subs:

Welbeck (5), Walcott (5)

Yes, we were unlucky not to get a free kick before their equaliser and it was also bad luck to hit the woodwork three times, but there are simply no excuses for not winning this game. The players are out of form and out of ideas. It’s down to the manager to sort things out before Saturday’s NLD….

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