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[Player Ratings] Swansea 2-2 Arsenal: Poor Defending Costs Us Once Again

By on January 6, 2013

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Another Jekyll and Hyde performance from Arsenal as we came from behind to go 2-1 up, before letting in a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

The first half was completely forgettable with very few chances. We were much better after the break and were well on top but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Michu then came on and embarrassed our defence within 2 minutes to put the home side ahead. Both Mertesacker and Koscielny were at fault for the goal while Sagna could also have made more effort to get a block in.

But we came back and levelled through Podolski before Gibbs combined with Giroud to smash home a stunning volley to make it 2-1. Could we escaped with a win? Nope. With just 2 minutes left some terrible defending allowed Graham to be free at the far post from a corner to score an equaliser and force a replay at the Emirates.

Perhaps a fair result in the end, here are my ratings from the game.

Arsenal Player Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Made a couple of decent saves during the game but i was disappointed with his contribution to the equaliser. He made it easy for Graham by going to ground too easily and should have stood his ground and made himself bigger.

Sagna – 6 – Another below par display from Bacary and his lack of form is becoming a worry. He’s been Mr Dependable during his time with the club but is starting to let his performance levels drop in recent weeks. Needs to work on his crossing. Uncertainty over his future affecting his form on the pitch? Perhaps. But it’s time Jenkinson is given a game at right back when he returns from his slight back problem.

Gibbs – 8 – Arsenal’s best player by a distance. Some may say an 8 is a little high but he gets that simply for goal alone. What a strike! Reminded me of Podolski’s in the Champions League earlier in the season. Gibbsy was bombing forward all afternoon and while his final ball let him down on occasion, at least he was trying to make things happen.

Mertesacker – 5 – Disappointing return from Per. Was all over the place making several errors and was once again beaten far too easily by Michu for the opener.

Koscielny – 6 – Better than his defensive partner but still didn’t look convincing at the back. Played his part in their opener with some poor defending but did set up Podolski for our second goal.

Arteta – 6 – Pretty poor. Looked a little fatigued and gave away possession too easily at times. Not his usual self and needs a rest.

Wilshere – 7 – Got stuck in but looked a little frustrated at times. Didn’t have his shooting boots on and a few passing moves didn’t come off for him.

Cazorla – 6 – Hardly got himself in the game. Very surprised he started as he clearly needs a rest and with games against Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Munich on the horizon i struggle to see when he’s going to get it.

Ramsey – 5 – Out of position on the left wing again, so unsurprisingly Rambo was awful. Just doesn’t look comfortable out there, although he did put in one decent cross for Giroud in the second half. Subbed.

Walcott – 6 – Back on the right and was largely disappointing. Had a goal harshly chalked off for a foul in the build-up but saw little of the ball and was overall poor.

Giroud – 6 – Wasted his big chance when he headed wide from close range but got little service and didn’t really get in the game. Did force a decent save with a powerful left-footed strike but worked off scraps most of the game.

Subs:

Podolski – 7 – Superb finish to pull us level.

Why did Arsene only make one substitution today and why is Rosicky being over-looked? Cazorla was visibly knackered and hardly in the game….so why not bring on Rosicky? If he’s not fit, why’s he on the bench? Only Wenger can answer but it’s truly baffling stuff.

If you missed the game or want to watch the goals again, you can see highlights here.

While we were far from our best going forward, our vulnerability at the back is a worry. We just don’t look like we’re capable of keeping clean sheets or holding onto a lead. Which makes it very difficult to consistently win matches!

What were your ratings from the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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9 Comments

  1. chris from Cambridge

    January 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    It is not working with 3 ball playing passers in midfield without pace nor power nor ball winning. Neither is it working with the team (everygame) sent out to be calm, patient, intellectual. Then we speed up later and look better. Wenger … why not send them out to tear into the oppo. from the 1st minute, score some goals and THEN ease off and let them chase the game ?

  2. Idris Muhammad Ameen Rogo

    January 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Infact, wenger must go to market to purchase atleast 3 or more players especially standing midfield strong and well intelligent 4 and another strong depender.

  3. cjb

    January 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I am quite surprised I read a lot of these player ratings on the different websites and sometimes it looks as if the authors are watching different games, or maybe they are just viewing from a different perspectve. I would be intrigued to see Koscielny given a go as a defensive holding midfielder he is fast, tackles hard, can make a decent pass and for a defender he is very capable of scoring. Maybe, providing he still got picked, it would enable Arteta to re produce his earlier form.

    At least here Per doesn’t get slaughtered repetitively for being slow, it becomes boring. He had an off day today but if you have seen him for most of this season he does so many good things that to a lot of people, especially some of the pundits, seem to go unnoticed.

    I think the Gunners deserved to win today plenty of chances, although I am not sure where to begin with the second Swansea goal, less said the better.

  4. seagoon

    January 7, 2013 at 1:59 am

    How on Earth did you manage to add “6″ to Sagna’s rating?

  5. don

    January 7, 2013 at 3:43 am

    cjb! thanks! one of the most observant and sensible gooner.koscienly n djourou could comfortably slot at DM,but AW knows best! he even plays ramsey out wide,but can’t improvise in the DM position even after it prooves to be our achilles hill this season.Arsenal seriously lack competition for positions,have a manager with favouritism who lackes a winning mentality.1st why did sagna start after a series of dismal performances? isen’t jenkinson good enough to replace him even after surprising everyone with his excellent performances this season? is ramsey better than rosicky out wide,even if pody is given a rest? or does carzola seriously fatigued have to start before rosicky? in a game that majority of the team looked fatigued,AW can only make ONE! f**k**g sub,n expects concentration to be at 100%.who are we kidding,from decision making,lack of competition,no winning mentality,predictability,this manager is spent force n it doesn’t matter who we sign,more over we had quality n never achieved,we will never win anything as long as AW is manager.the club is now on regression n its about to hit overdrive,its been coming for some seasons now.no more blaming the board,they should get rid of AW,we love the club n the biggest change should be him!

  6. don

    January 7, 2013 at 3:44 am

    cjb! thanks! one of the most observant and sensible gooner.koscienly n djourou could comfortably slot at DM,but AW knows best! he even plays ramsey out wide,but can’t improvise in the DM position even after it prooves to be our achilles hill this season.Arsenal seriously lack competition for positions,have a manager with favouritism who lackes a winning mentality.1st why did sagna start after a series of dismal performances? isen’t jenkinson good enough to replace him even after surprising everyone with his excellent performances this season? is ramsey better than rosicky out wide,even if pody is given a rest? or does carzola seriously fatigued have to start before rosicky? in a game that majority of the team looked fatigued,AW can only make ONE! sub,n expects concentration to be at 100%.who are we kidding,from decision making,lack of competition,no winning mentality,predictability,this manager is spent force n it doesn’t matter who we sign,more over we had quality n never achieved,we will never win anything as long as AW is manager.the club is now on regression n its about to hit overdrive,its been coming for some seasons now.no more blaming the board,they should get rid of AW,we love the club n the biggest change should be him!

  7. don

    January 7, 2013 at 3:48 am

    cjb! thanks! one of the most observant and sensible gooner.koscienly n djourou could comfortably slot at DM,but AW knows best! he even plays ramsey out wide,but can’t improvise in the DM position even after it proofs to be our achilles hill this season.Arsenal seriously lack competition for positions,have a manager with favouritism who lackes a winning mentality.1st why did sagna start after a series of dismal performances? isen’t jenkinson good enough to replace him even after surprising everyone with his excellent performances this season? is ramsey better than rosicky out wide,even if pody is given a rest? or does carzola seriously fatigued have to start before rosicky? in a game that majority of the team looked fatigued,AW can only make ONE! sub,n expects concentration to be at 100%.who are we kidding,from decision making,lack of competition,no winning mentality,predictability,this manager is spent force n it doesn’t matter who we sign,more over we had quality n never achieved,we will never win anything as long as AW is manager.the club is now on regression n its about to hit overdrive,its been coming for some seasons now.no more blaming the board,they should get rid of AW,we love the club n the biggest change should be him!

  8. Boss Gunner

    January 7, 2013 at 6:46 am

    This team has become a shame these days. I know we will come good some day.

  9. Jacobs Femi

    January 8, 2013 at 4:18 am

    One thing people don’t believe is the bad luck Ramsey possesses. Yet Wenger extended his contract.

    Each time he starts this season Arsenal struggles. Eventually Arsenal draw or lose the game except he is removed on time and lucky falls on Arsenal.

    Wenger stop using him to start games. He is always out of position, jumping up and down the pitch disconfiting others.

    Arteta is too backward passing, he and Arsenall midfielders should be forward focused. Why is Wenger not using Rosicky?

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