Arsenal went through to the 4th round of the FA Cup last night with a 1-0 win over Swansea. Here’s how the players rated, in traditional style.
Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – Pretty much a spectator, especially in the 2nd half. Did what he had to do well enough.
Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – No fuss, occasionally left to fend for himself down the right.
Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Back to his usual self, a couple of weary passes late on but solid
Thomas Vermaelen: 7/10 – Perhaps his best game of the season
Kieran Gibbs: 8/10 – Developing into a very solid, consistent left back. The manager’s decision to stick with him is being well and truly justified now
Abou Diaby: 6/10 – Better than Man City, showed some nice flashes, fitness clearly still an issue though
Francis Coquelin: 7/10 – Worked hard, a real box to box performance, could have scored with a stinging 1st half volley
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Looks a bit tired but doesn’t stop, just needs to find some end product in both final pass and shot
Jack Wilshere: 10/10 – The man. Just brilliant, everything you want to see from a player in an Arsenal shirt. Deserved his goal, and what a finish.
Theo Walcott: 5/10 – Was in the right place a number of times, finishing left a lot to be desired.
Oliver Giroud: 6/10 – Held it up well, great at bringing others into play, would like to see a bit more decisiveness and aggression from him though. Sublime touch to assist Wilshere’s goal.
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Didn’t get much more than 10 minutes, but created a great chance for Walcott whose shot was well saved.
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