Posted on Sunday, 6th January 2013 by Tony Merakli
Here are my Arsenal player ratings from this afternoons 2-2 draw with Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium (feel free to argue or agree with me).
Wojciech Szczesny – Made a few decent saves in the first-half and only really had to pick up the ball (twice) from the back of his net in the second. 6/10
Bacary Sagna – Getting worse and worse with every game that passes by. Lacks conviction, desire and looks like he’s forgotten how to play football. Poor marking led to Swansea’s second. Should be dropped from the side to recompose himself. Rubbish. 1/10
Laurent Koscielny – Did ok, but struggled to handle Danny Graham at times. Positioning wasn’t up to standard at times but was determined throughout. Bagged an assist. 5/10
Per Mertesacker – His lack of pace caused us a few problems today, with Graham easing past him in the first-half to have a great chance on goal. The German was then outwitted by Michu in the second-half which led to Swansea’s first. 4.5/10
Kieran Gibbs – Got forward well and always looked to overlap. Positioning needs improving but in general the England international had a good game. Lashed in a superb volley following a lovely one-two with Giroud to put Arsenal 2-1 ahead. 6/10
Mikel Arteta – Passed the ball around well and always wanted the ball. Was tenacious throughout. Man of the Match for me. 6.5/10
Jack Wilshere – Had a fairly poor first-half but stepped up his game in the second. His passing was slightly off the mark today but his determination and drive to win never faded. Didn’t stamp his authority on the game as he usually does. 6/10
Santi Cazorla – Didn’t see him touch the ball in the first 45 minutes. In the second-half the Spaniard got more involved, passed the ball around well and ventured forward looking to create. Sadly, he failed to deliver. 5/10
Aaron Ramsey – Got booked early on and to be fair tried. However, the Welshman didn’t do anything noticeable in his unfamiliar role as a winger. Was substituted in the 72nd minute. 4/10
Theo Walcott – Was deployed on the right wing and always looked to cut inside to help out Giroud upfront. Got forward well but his service to the front-man was poor and looked uncomfortable being played ‘out of position’. 4/10
Olivier Giroud – Held the ball up well throughout and worked the Swansea goalkeeper on a number of occasions in the second-half. Needed better service from the wingers. Set up Gibbs’ goal with a lovely chip through ball. 6/10
Lukas Podolski – Played only 18-20 minutes but the German managed to score Arsenal’s equalizer eight minutes after coming on. Got forward well. 6/10
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