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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 1-0 Swansea: World Class Wilshere The Difference

Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after seeing off Swansea at the Emirates thanks to a Jack Wilshere winner. Here are my ratings.

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Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after eventually seeing off Swansea at the Emirates on Wednesday night thanks to a late Jack Wilshere winner.

We played some of the best football of the season in the second half but some wayward finishing let us down, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud the main culprits. But Jack saved their blushes and stepped up to smash home a late winner to book a tie with Brighton in the next round. Here are my ratings from the game.

Arsenal Player Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Did what was expected of him but was a virtual by-stander for the most part. Did make one decent save in the second half though.

Sagna – 7 – Good game from Bac. His crossing could still be better but he got forward and joined in the attacks as we pushed for the winner.

Vermaelen – 6 – Dealt with the Swansea ‘attack’ with ease. Made a couple of last ditch tackles but was comfortable throughout.

Mertesacker – 6 – Steady game from the big German. As with TV5, had a pretty easy nights work.

Gibbs – 8 – Superb once again. Gibbsy was bombing forward and is looking a real threat in the final third. Excellent stuff.

Coquelin – 7 – Was really impressed by his work-rate and tackling. Made several key interceptions and blocks, and showed a real desire to get involved. Encouraging from the youngster.

Wilshere – 9.5 – World class performances from Jack. Truly back to his best. Was unplayable at times, dancing his way through the Swansea midfield and setting up attacks. Capped off a MOTM display with a superb winner.

Diaby – 6.5 – Great to see the big man back. He started off strongly but faded as the game went on, which is to be expected after such a long time out, and was eventually subbed. Hopefully he can stay fit and make a real contribution during the second half of the season.

Walcott – 6 – Mixed game in truth. He got himself into some excellent positions with some intelligent runs and on another day he could have got himself a hat-trick, at least, but poor finishing let him down. Needs to be showing more of a killer instinct if he wants to be our main striker.

Cazorla – 7 – Didn’t look like he enjoyed it out on the left as he kept coming inside to get involved in the play. But he was superb on the ball and he was involved in the build-up for the winner.

Giroud – 6 – Like Walcott, had a mixed game. Got himself into some goal-scoring positions but again, poor finishing let him down. His chances weren’t quiet as clear-cut as some of Theo’s though. Set up Jack’s winner with a nice assist.


Ramsey – 6 – Full of running as usual.

So we’re back to winning ways and a much improved performance as we head into the Chelsea game. Lets hope we have our finishing boots on this Sunday as we won’t have this many chances against the Blues!

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



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  2. geoffreid

    January 17, 2013 at 12:48 am

    lucky to win with ramsey playing again-and to think there is no better players available according to wegner.

    • Bashi

      January 17, 2013 at 2:52 am

      Ramsey was our best player last weekends he ain’t as bad as everyone says give the kid a chance

  3. Akin Akanji

    January 17, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Jack,you are a true gunner.Congratulations for taking us to the fourth round.Keep the fighting spirit up.

  4. geo

    January 17, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Very good game by Wilshere and Coquelin.
    Worst player- Walcott, can we sell him yet?

    • Itopa Okene

      January 17, 2013 at 4:40 am

      Dat’s a problem of you fools, sell sell sell but u dn’t ask y cn’t we kip our best player? Walcot shal be gr8 come ryt tym. Sharap ur dirty mouth!

  5. Foolishgooner

    January 17, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great game.. Full of running hassle, desire and energy! Indeed there were no passengers, best 11 we started all season long. I know Arteta is useful but Diaby and Couqlin bring power, pace and energy all over the pitch. They help the balance of the team and really allow Wilshere and Cozorla to express themselves. Giroud is a threat and opponents must respect his heading and movement, but little better finishing and we are talking a different Arsenal team. Cozorla compliments Gibbs because he creates more room for him and Coquelin is there to cover defensively, instead of slow players like Arteta and Ramsey. We need cover for injuries and fatigue badly. Cazorla, Wilshere, Theo need proper rest rotation to stay sharp and lethal! Diaby, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud need cover. Coquelin is stepping up, Ramsey is useful (right areas and time), Ox, Poldi, JK are capable and can make instant impact. Rosicky, Arshavin etc are not contributing now! We either going to have rely injury prone players to play twice a week or buy… Cheers

  6. Desalegn

    January 17, 2013 at 4:44 am

    It’s minor to Arsenal who was arsenal &rank?

  7. Shem Ainda

    January 17, 2013 at 6:20 am

    We stil luck a sharp striker.giroud needs time.wenger must buy a real strikar.gunners 4 lyfe.

  8. Shem Ainda

    January 17, 2013 at 6:23 am

    We stil luck a sharp striker.giroud needs time.wenger must buy a real strikar.jack is a true arsenal player .gunners 4 lyfe.

  9. Ben

    January 17, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Hey, u better update that photo. You don’t have a recent photo of Jack? I can send you one.

  10. nicky

    January 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

    When Ramsey finally retires as an Arsenal legend, I wonder who the next player will be on whom your bile will be deposited.

  11. Zubair.hammed1

    January 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Gud game.we nid more dan dis against chelsea

  12. Toye

    January 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    How long will it take wenger to accept the fact that Ramsey is not good and will never be good again. Just look at jack after 14 month on sideline, look at him now see how the golding boy is playing, thats a good player for u, coquille is even far better than Ramsey, I just he play he does not Ramsey against chelsea.

  13. nicky

    January 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Wenger selects Ramsey time and time again for the simple reason he knows more about a footballer’s ability than you and other socalled experts will ever know.

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