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A Draw At The Liberty But It Should Have Been More – Player Ratings

Arsenal conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday, here are player ratings from ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

Arsenal conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Swansea City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Sunday, here are player ratings from ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

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A nervous first half from the team was followed by a decent second half showing. We should have scored more but at least we created the chances. Swansea caused the defence a problem every time they came forward and that is a worry. Am I the only one who is just waiting for a an M’Vila or some such to be signed before the window closes?

Here are my ratings from the Swansea game:

Szczesny 7. Little to do which says it all. One early save was good one you would expect him to make.

Sagna 6. Better than of late. He looked as if he was bothered. Marked any opponents that came his way very well too.

Mertesacker 4. Useless. So slow that it was a liability. The only reason to play him would be if he was dominant in the air which he isn’t, so what does he offer? Even in possession he was poor.

Koscielny 6. Compared to his partner he was ok. You can build something for the future around his pace and ability to play our game.

Gibbs 9. Outstanding with or without the goal. His best performance for the club. Not troubled much defensively but going forward he showed we have a class player here. The goal was technically top drawer. The run of games since his return has helped him and now a key player.

Arteta 8. Very good. Imagine trying to play that role in front of Per Mertesacker. I couldn’t sleep at night! A real base from which we could build. Not his best position but this man is one of those saving us from disaster all the time.

Wilshere 7. Top attitude. Tried his very best throughout and a lot happened when he was on the ball. The cobwebs are falling off nicely Jack, now for a goal.

Cazorla 7. Kept going well because he has looked tired recently.

Ramsey7. I refuse to give a bad mark to player so obviously unsuited to the position his manager picked him in. His attitude was to make the best of it. The only excuse for Arsene Wenger is that he clearly feels he has been let down by the defensive efforts of Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain in that position.

Walcott 6. He was a threat but not a consistent one. But there are signs of his being able to play wide and come in off the wing and add to the central threat.

Giroud 6. He does provide the physical presence we need. I think he needs to play to get his touch up to speed. In the second half when we were more threatening you could see goals in him.


Podolski. Good attitude from the bench. Really tried to make a difference and worked hard too. His goal scoring ability is obvious and if we can find a team structure to support him then we will see the best of him.

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



  1. afck

    January 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

    arteta was 3 he should have stopped the last goal aand these 3-4games he play crappy game.

  2. ponti

    January 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    MAte yur rating are too wrong, sorri, don’t knw which game u watched but ramsay was the useless one not mertesacker, our game improved imediately he was substituted… Ramsey is always useless when ever he plays since last season…

    • ITG

      January 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I saw the game yesterday – I really cannot see where you are coming from. Ramsay played pretty well when he is obviously not a left winger and did create more than either Arteta, Wilshire or Carzorla. Lay off him – if Giroud could score a simple header from a fantastic cross from Ramsay we would have won the game.

      • WoodyD

        January 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm


  3. Yemmy Akinleye

    January 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Leave ratings alone. Where will we be at d end of d season? RVP, (dont like him again) sent a jibe τ̲̅ȍ us that he is now playing in D̶̲̥̅̊ midst of champions. (as much as I hate it, its the truth)
    Please, who are the champion oriented players in our team. (maybe JƱڪτ̲̅ Wilshere) We are living on the name Arsenal & our old glory. I’m afraid, we are gradually going the way of Liverpool F C. Who will do something before its too late?

  4. Unwired

    January 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Very poor ratings… From a non-British point of view I’ve noticed a lot on the blogs that the English players are always spared from the true reflection of what happened on the pitch.

    Just because you’re being played out of position doesn’t mean your first touch must be sh*t and that you should dwell on the ball like you have this great scheme in mind and have the physical attributes to see it through. Ramsey frustrates team mates by trying to do the simple things the hard way and kills our flow. Drop him or loan him out.

    Gibbs has been poor defensively since he came back from injury(Especially versus Newcastle) yet you bloggers give him 7’s 8’s and 9’s.

    Wilshere was more of a 6 yesterday as he misplaced passes and scuffed shots…

    I’ll give Theo the 6 but he needs to improve his decision making like knowing when to take on defenders.

    I feel Giroud deserves 7 though, the movement of Ramsey and Theo around him wasnt good enough but he made his presence felt. Had a few good shots and held up play well.

    • Goonerboyo

      January 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      RAMSEY’s Welsh mate!
      Thing is with ratings they are personal and an average over the whole game. You are bound to be partial. In a nutshell average all round for a team of average to good players in an unbalanced leaderless make-do team.
      Can have no confidence at any time. Major Cham
      Negs needed, so nothing new here.

  5. kiran

    January 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    i think giroud deserved a eight for is assit for gibbs

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