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Arsenal Player Ratings v Swansea By Lloyd The Gooner

Arsenal lost 2-0 to Swansea City at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon after putting in a disappointing display, here are player ratings from ‘Lloyd the Gooner’

Arsenal lost 2-0 to Swansea City at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, here are player ratings from ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

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The demonstration before the game was large and loud. The goings-on on the pitch simply added to their cause. Very few of the Arsenal players did themselves justice. In contrast Swansea were magnificent and those of us left in the stadium at the end stood and clapped them off the pitch. Well done Gooners for that. That is what supporters of a club with class do!

Szczesny 8. Kept us in the game for long periods until Swansea’s good play finally got its deserved reward. Really looked impenetrable at times and he is one of the men to build the next team on.

Jenkinson 4. Not stretched defensively until the end when he was completely undone. He was absolutely hopeless going forward and we needed that from him yesterday. Was he under orders not to go past Walcott? Joint first prize with Theo in the ‘how not to beat a full-back’ competion.

Gibbs 5. Couldn’t cross the ball at all. Hesitant defending throughout. Very difficult to judge a player who misses so many games through injury. On yesterday’s showing he has a lot to do. But we have seen real potential.

Mertesacker 5. Part of the defence utterly taken apart at the end. Not his or any of the defenders finest hour.

Vermaelen 6. Certainly the best defender and tried to get forward.

Arteta 7. Our best player. Not a natural in many ways as a defensive holding player. That said he did what he could given what was happening around him. Great pro.

Wilshere 5. Out passed by his opponents. Clearly physically well short still, therefore judgement has to be tempered with that fact.

Cazorla 5. Oh dear! The faltering little Spaniard tried but failed to make any sort of impression. The midfield as a whole is in need of an energy burst…January window?

Walcott 4. The mark is justified for the ludicrous attempts at crossing the ball particularly at corners. Didn’t go past his man on the outside at all. He and Jenkinson have no rapport at all. They barely look at each other on the pitch, drop each other in the brown stuff too often for it to be an accident…is a story brewing there? Does anybody know?

Gervinho 5. A portion of the crowd seem to like getting on his back and that doesn’t help anyone least of all the player himself. Interchanged with Podolski as point man but neither came close to Michu. Where were Arsenal when he came on the market? Or Berbatov or…etc, etc

Podolski 2. Did NOTHING useful but wore the right colour shirt I suppose. Did he win his Germany caps in a raffle?

Subs: Good to see Tomas back but neither he nor the Ox or Giroud did anything to mention.

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



  1. emmanuel

    December 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    So much for all the vaunted and trumpetted scouting wizardry of Wenger. Where indeed were Arsenal when the likes of Michu , Dyer were on the market. Instead we end up with mugs like Gervinho, Podolski, etc who clearly see us a meal tickets for their little talent.
    Methinks the whole team+mentality needs an overhaul. At least five players are clearly not gud enouf for this level. Wenger himself has failed to respond to everything around him. He’s been left behind while everyone else has upped their game.
    Enuf of living on his past glories. He always looked tired+haunted, which somehow transmits to the way the team plays.
    We are the laughing stock of Europe now, surely

  2. Goonerboyo

    December 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Well Lloyd, nothing to disagree with here.
    11 leaderless individuals beaten by a well drilled balanced team with a clear understanding of how they play.
    Chasing shadows as Swansea passed them into oblivion with those neat triangles all afternoon.
    This team needs major surgery, painful but necessary.
    But who will wield the knife?

  3. Twivil

    December 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Our goalie was the only player who deserved a six on Saturday. To give Art a seven is gratuitous nonsense. We were outworked and we live and die as a team. Get the workers in the middle of that park!

  4. jax

    December 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    The problems between Walcott & Jenkinson may go back to last season’s match at Old Trafford when Jenks told Theo to “fuck off” after Walcott criticised him for something or other during the game. You’re right though, there’s nothing at all going on between them on the pitch.

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