[PLAYER RATINGS] Swansea 3-2 Arenal: Things Need To Change Arsene

By on January 15, 2012

Once again Arsenal blew the chance to take advantage of the opportunity to close the gap on Chelsea and Spurs and put some daylight between us and Liverpool.

Both Liverpool and the Spuds drew at home yesterday, so a win today was vital. But we produced yet another disappointing display and once again we have to discuss poor refereeing decisions and individual mistakes.

Yet another penalty decision went against us and it really changed the game. At 1-0 Arsenal were looking ok, but the penalty gave Swansea a golden opportunity to get back in the game and get the crowd going.

However, Arsenal really only have themselves to blame for the defeat. Sloppy play and basic errors lost us this game. Ramsey was terrible and Miquel was caught out of position for both the second and third goals. Szczesny will also be disappointed with the Swansea winner.

Some fans are venting their anger at Arsene Wenger but we need to keep things in perspective. Wenger was without the services of twelve players today, six of which are regarded as first team players. Any side would miss Sagna, Vermaelen, Gibbs/Santos, Wilshere, Arteta and Gervinho. Not to mention the numerous back-up players who’re also out.

It’s easy to look back now and say Chamberlain, Henry and Rosicky should have started instead of Walcott, Arshavin and Benayoun but the players have let the boss down today. For once Wenger made the right substitutions and really went for it when taking Mertesacker off for Chamberlain. But individual errors and a lot of below par performances lead to this defeat more than Wenger’s team selection.

The only possible exclusion is the case of Andrey Arshavin. He really hasn’t earn’t his place in the side against United next week but it’s highly unlikely the boss will throw in Henry or Chamberlain in from the start. I would prefer either to play in front of the Russian, but it seems Wenger is intent on playing him whilst Gervinho is away. I think Arsene needs to be brave now and either play Chamberlain or Henry on the left and drop Arshavin, or if he’s adamant Andrey is going to play how about drop Ramsey and play Arshavin in his preferred central position behind Van Persie.

Either way, Arshavin on the left isn’t really working and Ramsey’s poor form is a worry. Mixing things up against Man Utd might just be what the doctor ordered as Arsenal have been very stale in recent weeks. How about a new signing? No, that’s just being silly isn’t it?

As bad as Arsenal were, we should applaud Swansea as well. They were superb and passed us off the park at times. They pressed all over the pitch when Arsenal had the ball and used it well when in possession. A very impressive display from the Swans. How about Brenden Rodgers to replace Arsene when he finally leaves?!

Anyway, here are my player ratings from todays game.

Player Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Kicking was poor today, and he will be disappointed was Graham’s winner. He hesitated and then got his angles wrong, and shouldn’t have been beaten so easily from a tight angle.

Djourou – 6.5 – Nice assist for Theo’s goal and got forward on occasion, also made a great tackle to prevent Sinclair getting a shot away late on. But caught out of position too often.

Koscielny – 7.5 – Best of the defenders on show today, Kos did his best to keep things together at the back. Unfortunately those around him let him down.

Mertesacker – 6 – Not his best day in an Arsenal shirt. Missed a great chance to score when the score was 2-1. Subbed for Chamberlain as Wenger went for the equaliser.

Miquel – 6 – I don’t want to be too harsh on the youngster, and it must be remembered he’s filling in at left back which isn’t his natural position. But he was caught out of position on more than one occasion and unfortunately it lead to two goals today. He did get forward more than in previous outings and put in a couple of decent crosses.

Song – 6.5 – Steady but unspectacular from Song. He dwelled on the ball a little too much and didn’t stamp him authority on the game as Swansea dominated the middle of the park.

Ramsey – 4.5 – Awful display from Rambo. Not sure i’ve ever seen him lose the ball as often as he did today. His performances have been in free-fall over the past few weeks.

Benayoun – 5 – Hardly got in the game and was very disappointing in the middle of the park. Losing possession far too often. Subbed for Rosicky.

Arshavin – 6 – Started reasonably well and played a lovely through-ball for Van Persie’s goal, but faded badly was eventually subbed.

Walcott – 6 – Took his goal very well with a lovely chipped finish, but other than that Theo was poor overall. Crossing was again below par.

Van Persie – 7 – Superb finish for the opener and worked hard to try and create openings late on, maybe tried a little too hard at times though. Should have got the second in the first half but shot straight at Vorm.

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Rosicky – 6.5 – On for Benayoun and was far more influential but was still unable to take control of the middle of the park.

Henry – 6.5 – Thierry was unable to repeat his FA Cup heroics but showed enough to suggest he should be pushing for a start next week against United.

Chamberlain – 6.5 – Oxe didn’t have a lot of time to have an impact but he still had a positive contribution during his time on the pitch, adding some urgency to the game.

Those are my ratings, please leave your own ratings and opinions sensibly in the comments section below….

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47 Comments

  1. dude

    January 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Aw never learns from his past situations, remember he waited until the manure thrashing before he made last minute buys for mertesacker and the rest.Arsenal is inflicted with the Arsenal injury curse and AW of all people would know that.It started when we lost santos on a stupid needless CL game. It was downhill from there verminator and arteta followed. Sometimes AW looks like naive lost schoolboy being bullied

  2. dude

    January 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Oh I forgot to mention coquelin as well …the players are dropping like flies

  3. Mark M

    January 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    To me young Miguel was simply outstanding. Yes he was caught out of position for the 2 goals, but the reason is that possession was being lost in midfield while we were in attacking positions. To be honest, those goals had more to do with Arshavin giving a hospital pass to Ramsey, and the King also losing possession for the 3rd. Miguel is a breath of fresh air, Arsene should do all he can to keep him tied to the club.

  4. Chris

    January 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Nobody shud blame arshavin 4 any goal conceded. It was ramsey.how many times did he lost d ball in dangerous positions. He cant pass d ball fast wen he knows he doesnt have d pace and energy 2 do dat. Whether u like it or not ramsey is not gud.how many assist does he provide or goals does he scores.useless british over rated player

  5. Mark

    January 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I must have been at a different game. I did not see a single player who deserved 6. This was a pathetic, gutless performance against a team we would have beaten by at least 4 goals 3 or 4 years ago. When a team played football against us, we would stuff them. Now the play better than us and beat us. Utterly pathetic in every way.

  6. Otaji

    January 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    These ratings, except for Kos & RVP, are totally wrong.

  7. Weedz

    January 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Agree with most of your ratings, but you score players far too high on this performance.
    Wenger and most are saying it was the defence that got it wrong, but I suggest the MF was to blame. Aaron was a 3 at most and Yossi the same.

  8. B JOHNSON

    January 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    RAMSEY SHOULD BE 2 AT MOST – I AM ABSOLUTELY SICK OF HIM! I AM NOT SURPRISED HE MADE THOSE MISTAKES, I HAVE SAID FOR A WHILE NOW THAT HE IS ARROGANT. ANY NATIONAL TEAM CAPTAIN THAT FEELS HE SHOULD BE CONSULTED ON THE SELECTION OF THE NEXT NATIONAL TEAM MANAGER IS ARROGANT!

  9. Sandman

    January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Don’t know what game you were watching but Djourou with a 6.5? Have a look back at the first goal. His poor positioning (pathetic) that lead to the break down the side resulting in a pk. How can a reserve player like Miquel out play him? This many years in shouldn’t Djourou be pushing to actually be something? And Arshavin with give away after give away and you give him a 6? Walcott too many bad games now for that arrogant spoiled brat. Along with Ramsay

  10. John

    January 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Wenger needs to be fair… put ramsey and walcott on the bench and give other players who have done better a chance.. Rosicky,in particular deserves a chance besides Ox Chamberlain.. Ramsey is so arrogant to say that he could not wait to play with Jack in the starting XI.. he must have thought dat he’s better than arteta.. well.. he’s not even close to Arteta.. walcott as well must wake up!!

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