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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 0-2 Swansea: No Spark – No Fight – No Points

Arsenal produced their worst performance of the season and deservedly lost 2-0 to Swansea at the Emirates on Saturday. Here are player ratings from the game.

Wojciech Szczesny

Szczesny – Arsenal’s best player once again

What can I say? Put simply, we were awful and deservedly lost 2-0 to Swansea, who were excellent throughout.

The first half was as bad as we’ve been this season, we were lackluster, lacking spark and creativity and the players didn’t look like they gave a sh*t, but at least we had the second half to change things.

While it got marginally better after the break we were still struggling to create clear cut chances and Swansea were looking dangerous on the break. After several chances, with Szczesny keeping them at bay, finally the visitors broke the deadlock as Michu hit a late double to seal a deserved 2-0 win for the Swans. The fans let their feelings known to Arsene as loud boos met each goal as well as the final whistle.

The manager’s position at the club could soon become untenable if he doesn’t get this squad – which he’s claimed is the most talented he’s ever managed – playing again. We all know he won’t be sacked by the board, so either he does what he’s paid to do and get the team winning again or he needs to do the right thing and admit his time at the club is up and walk away.

Personally, i’d like to see him stay but as long as he’s given the money needed to strengthen the squad in January. Anyway, here are my ratings from the defeat to Swansea….this won’t be pretty:

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 8 – Would have been 5-0 if it wasn’t for Szczesny. Made two excellent stops to deny Rangel in the first half than made another good save in second to deny the full back again. Made yet another superb late save to deny Tiendalli before being beaten by Michu with a late double. Let down badly by those in front of him.

Jenkinson – 4 – What the hell was he doing for the second? Simply fell over under minimal pressure from Dyer which let Michu in the seal the win. Just get rid next time Carl!

Gibbs – 6 – Crossing was pretty poor again and he was caught to far up-field a few times but not the worst player on the pitch by any means.

Vermaelen –  5 – Was excellent before his mistake let Michu in for the all-important opener. His poor tackle let the ball run to Moore who slipped Michu for the goal. Should maybe have scored with a header from close range when it was 0-0 as well. But Thomas did made an important tackle early on to deny Shechter a shot on goal, then made a superb last ditch tackle to deny Dyer.

Mertesacker – 6 – Sucked in again leaving huge space for Michu to run into for the first after he failed to cut out the pass, but apart from that was steady.

Arteta –  5 – Looked slow and off the pace. Gave away a few needless free kicks after being caught short. Badly needs some power and pace next to him in midfield, because he longer has the legs.

Wilshere – 6 – Marginally better than Arteta as his passing was OK and he was involved in one of our better moments after his great play set up Cazorla early in second half. Tired in the second half and was subbed.

Cazorla – 6.5 – Was our only real threat, having a few shots at goal and should perhaps have done better with one chance, but shot straight at Tremmel from the edge of the box. Still badly needs a rest if you ask me.

Walcott – 5 – Poor corners all afternoon compounded a pretty anonymous display. Made one jinking run that came to nothing but saw little of the ball and wasn’t a threat.

Podolski – 5 – Great cross to find Gervinho was his only contribution. Interchanged with Gervinho up front and on the left but couldn’t get in the game. Subbed again.

Gervinho – 4 – Missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring just before half-time but missed a free header, then did little else. Another ineffective performance. A front three of Gervinho, Podolski and Walcott clearly doesn’t work. Subbed.


Giroud – 5 – Had little impact. Shielded the ball slightly better than Gervinho/Podolski but had no service.

Chamberlain – 5 – Failed to make a positive impact on the game.

Rosicky – N/A – Was on for about 5 minutes and looked rusty, giving the ball away three times in a row but not fair to rate him.

If you didn’t catch the match and want to put yourself through it, you can watch video highlights from Arsenal 0-2 Swansea here.

So, what were your ratings from another disappointing day for Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Steven Day

    December 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Where are the Swansea ratings?

  2. the king

    December 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    i dont know why some fans think our kepper is the problem.

    Szczesny has been our man of the match in 3 games in a row.

    for a team like us for our kepper to be man of the match 3 games in a row is shocking.

    • charles mhindu

      December 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      The individual players may be good but this arsenal team is just BAD. Our problem is not Santos, Ramsey, Szczesny or whoever people might feel like scape goating. The problem is the team. I say this with a heavy heart and with no offense meant – the problem is a certain MR WENGER Not the board. The Board does not pick the team

  3. chris from Cambridge

    December 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Some of the players are different but the common factor of the last few years is that they (the players) have given up on the Wenger Grand Plan. One season after another. And I do not blame them over much … it has been an impossible dream.

  4. Lobster

    December 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Maybe the players around him made him look like he had a 6.5 performance, but let’s be real, Santi was way off 2nyt, he had 2 good Shots OT, but he seemed more to be a threat against arsenal than for it, he gave away possession high up the field more times than I could care to count. He looks knackered and not enjoying his football at the moment as a result

  5. charles mhindu

    December 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm


  6. Aussie Jack

    December 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is Wenger`s last season and, after 65 years supporting the Gunners, also mine. They say a cat has nine lives, Wenger has pushed his luck, he`s had ten.

  7. arsenal supporter

    December 2, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Well piss off aussie jack.. pathetic supporter!!

  8. arsenal supporter

    December 2, 2012 at 1:46 am

    see u later aussie jack…. pathetic supporter!!

  9. Gooner13

    December 2, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Why hate on Jenkinson so much he had an alright game in the context of how the game pand out, the 2nd goal he had no one to pass the ball back too some one should of been in the middle on the half way line so he could of switched it end of story

  10. Arsenal fan

    December 2, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Football has moved on since 2004. Most teams now know how to beat the gunners:let them have 95% possession. They will pass all day and when caught o r lose possession,a long ball and two three passes when only two or three defenders are around and plenty of space,that’s the cue to attack and score.
    This had happened in Dec 2001 NU were the visitors.The gunners lost 3-1 but went on to wn the epl after along winning run.Then they had wc players,a solid defence and Seaman in goal.
    Ff 2012 90 % of the gunners are not fit to get into the squad,let alone the senior team.Next game Albion. Having lost two games on the trot,the trotters would be n no mood to be charitable.All I know is after the cl game,the gunners could lose again through fatigue,if that is an acceptable excuse.

  11. joe

    December 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    please we need someone who will protect d back four, dat is were our problem is. Another one is striker. If wenger will be useing vamelen as defensiv midfider let him help our back four and d mifders dat is main problem w re vein now,

  12. anthony walters

    December 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    clueless idiot support someone else please!i didn,t even get past the jenkinson quote and mark of 4 so we,re in the dyng seconds of a game chasing an equaliser in posessesion and a player understandably holding the ball hoping for reasonably to be expected support loses it and they score and you give him 4 even though he played well .well done genius !

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