Swansea 0-4 Arsenal – player ratings

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Swansea 0-4 Arsenal - player ratings

It wasn’t exactly our most polished performance of the season, but you can’t argue with a 4-0 win away from home.

Here’s how the players rated today.

PC
33
7.5
G
5
6.5
SM
20
6.5
LK
6
8
NM
18
7
GX
29
7
AR
8
6.5
11
6.5
AI
17
8.5
AS
7
7.5
OG
12
7.5
PC
33
7
G
5
6.5
SM
20
6
LK
6
7.5
NM
18
6.5
GX
29
7
AR
8
6.5
11
6
AI
17
8
AS
7
7
OG
12
6.5
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33: Petr Cech

7
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7.5
Readers
45

Good to keep a clean sheet again, not especially troubled

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5: Gabriel .

6.5
arseblog
6.5
Readers
44

Did well, but we really miss having a natural full-back out there.

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20: Shkodran Mustafi

6
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6.5
Readers
54

Better in the second period, but quite careless with his passing at times in the first

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7.5
arseblog
8
Readers
5

Excellent again, passed it well, won almost everything in the air that came into our box. We should give him a new contract or something 😉

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18: Nacho Monreal

6.5
arseblog
7
Readers
14

Read it well, 5 interceptions, overlapped very well but wasn't always picked out when he should have been

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29: Granit Xhaka

7
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7
Readers
53

So tidy on the ball, read the game well with 4 interceptions and 7 ball recoveries

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8: Aaron Ramsey

6.5
arseblog
6.5
Readers
13

Looked a bit fitter, a bit sharper, probably should have scored, but moving in the right direction

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11: Mesut Özil

6
arseblog
6.5
Readers
28

Looked like a man finding his way back to properly match fitness after being ill.

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17: Alex Iwobi

8
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8.5
Readers
46

Although both went down as OGs, it was down to his hard work and drive to make things happen. Our best player on the day and such an exciting talent.

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7: Alexis Alexis

7
arseblog
7.5
Readers
38

Got a goal but the focus will be on his reaction to being taken off. It was a bit OTT really, but it's storm in a teacup territory. It was the right decision by the manager and he needs to accept it was done for his benefit, not to annoy him.

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12: Olivier Giroud

6.5
arseblog
7.5
Readers
29

His goalscoring form is outstanding - he's now scored in his last 9 starts for the club going back to last May (via @1DavidWall)

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

6
arseblog
6.5
Readers
12

Came on did fine, contributed to the Alexis goal

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23: Danny Welbeck

N/R
arseblog
6.5
Readers
39

Good to get a few more minutes under his belt

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9: Lucas Perez

N/R
arseblog
7
Readers
55

In some ways unlucky to be left out today, got a few minutes at the end

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 to the referee for not buying Ki's dive. Given that it was only obvious from the reverse angle slow-mo reply it was a hell of a decision. Refs get a lot of stick, so some kudos when they get it right seems fair.

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erkimust

alex wan iwobi, jedi master, uses the force to make the other team score goals for him.

Benkamp

Iwobi kenobi

Aussie gooner

Reaction to alexis’ reaction has been way too over the top from some fans. If the biggest complaint we have about a player is that he likes to play, we shouldn’t be too unhappy with that

Scott P

I see what you mean, but he does have at least some responsibility not to put the club in a tough spot and create a spectacle. I’m sure Giroud was gutted to come off with an injury given his form, but you don’t see him sulking around.

I was in a pub in Philadelphia watching the game though, and most fans were laughing at his reaction and taking it good naturedly… Even if Alexis wasn’t!

FREDDO

What striker likes to be taken off when there are cheap goals on offer? He reckoned he’d done all the hard work and wasnt going to be given a chance to cash in.

thebetterJFK

For me it seems more like he’s showing up the manager and his teammates when you’re being taken off at 4-0 up and gives the media an excuse to try to stir the pot. Just childish really but we’ll be more then ok

igbo amadi-obi

To be frank, it was HIS reaction today that was over the top. I used to commend him in the past for always wanting to play, and for being upset at getting substituted. Today, there was 12 minutes left of a game we were winning 4-0 in which he scored a goal. Covering his head with his coat and refusing to watch the team looked to me like not being interested in what happened once he wasn’t involved. He lost a few supporters today, no doubt.

ClockEndRider

I’m afraid my guess is that it could be a manufactured attempt, a la Costa, to create a situation whereby he has to be sold so he can go to China and earn a fortune. Let’s be honest and take the emotion out of it. He’s not Charlie George – he grew up in some borderline desert-meets-the-Pacific one horse shithole of a town in Chile. His prime concerns are for himself and for his family and friends.
Many of us grew up in 70s Islington, which was no picnic and no place for Generation Snowflake faint hearts. Much as we love the Arsenal, to a man we’d all lookout for family first. Let alone if you’ve already moved half way round the world.
Let’s accept it for the bullshit posturing it is, enjoy it while he’s here and look for creative ways to spend the stupid money well get for him.

Dsh

Why are we surprised? Not the first time he reacts like that, nor will it be the last. This is how he is – or like to be seen as. If his team mates are ok with his behavior, why shouldn’t we be?

Gooneron

10/10 for Kyle Naughton an ex Spud scoring Arsenal

assistantref

Loved seeing Kyle Naughton’s sad face after he put it into his own net. What a wanker.

Jambon

I hate Spurs

Edu's Braces

I nothing spurs. Maybe its becuz im (not) a Landoner.

Longbow

I’m not a Londoner. In fact, I’m Indian.
But, a hate “shit” like any other fan.

Dan Hunter

What I hate most is when the shit hits the fan… that’s the worst kind

ClockEndRider

Jambon knows…

Edu's Braces

I was impressed with Gabriel and that was before i realised he had ‘discovered the secrete hormone that slows ageing’, and only a 6.5?

Domenik

Iwobi was really good today. A little too good, in fact. Hopefully Giroud’s injury isn’t that bad. We look good with him and we look good without him. We keep going!

Clock-End Mike

Interesting. I’ve just posted a comment on the match report disagreeing with the News Hound’s opinion that “Arsenal put in a polished performance”. It seems Blogs agrees with me 🙂

Could have been much closer. Our pressure told after the first goal; up till then, Swansea matched us and played rather better than we did, I thought. Our passing, in particular, needs to be a lot sharper; we were too aften predictable and pedestrian.

The Ox did well when he came on, I thought, spurring the rest of the team on to be more direct. Iwobi was everywhere good, Alexis was busy as ever, and Giroud always looked dangerous when we got the ball into the zone (whichy wasn’t often enough in the first half). Lucas, though, disappointed today, not one of his cameo appearances.

Matt K

Great bonus rating.
Even Ki thought it was stonewall judging by his reaction to the ref.
Clearly he’d forgotten that he’d just fucking cheated.

Vescucci

If Sanchez had signed till 2020, we wouldn’t be worried about his reaction

Arsepedant

No, everyone would still be stirring the pot and trying to make mountains out of molehills.

Some people just want so badly to have something to criticize a player for. Okay, he was a bit unprofessional for a few seconds today. No, it’s not a big deal. Let it drop.

FREDDO

The Mustafi rating is very unfair. We saw just why he is so important to this team. Apart from his strong defence he dribbles like a forward and plays telling passes through the lines. He solves so many problems for Arsene (offensively) it’s not funny. Don’t mark him down because he’s a more aggressive passer than most fullbacks. That’s what makes him so good.

santori

Mustafi – He’s slightly off pace and some loose passes but your right, he’s just returning from injury.

He has been an excellent premium buy by Wenger. Slotted in right away.

When we recall the difficult first season Kosicleny had with reds and penalties conceded, Mustafi has been a great addition. He also tries to accelerate our transition by passing deep from defense (releasing us quicker). This capability is likely by design by Wenger who likes his Cbacks to also have a creative role.

An Ox-sized Coq

Entirely true…but playing aggressive does not mean you can’t play smart. Sometimes a simple pass to reset and open the field is better.

FREDDO

Also true. But the big problem with most centre-backs is that they are too conservative trying to pass through the lines. I reckon Pep would kill to have Mustafi in his team (rather than that pillock Stones) because Mustafi is so vertical in his passing.

DB's first touch

I noticed today that Mustafi also had a tendency to go down a bit early trying to make blocks and tackles, instead of staying on his feet, allowing the opposition to dribble around him. Koscielny bailed him out of such situations a couple of times. However, thats the kind of thing that will improve quickly as he keeps getting sharper with more match time following his return from injury.

Jonathan

Every time I comment it takes ages for it to go through moderation – meaning I miss out on those sweet sweet internet points. Really need the validation, so please!

santori

Iwobi is so strong on the ball. He doesn’t get pushed off easily and he has really tidy feet.

Giroud is no Plan B although I thought in this game, we may have been served better with a bit more ‘mobility’. BUT he has had a fantastic streak STARTING games.

Alexis is hungry always. This is a positive. IN any case, IF it is an issue, there are options to replace in his position from market (Greizzman or Mahrez). But it looks more a case of a player who wants to play every minute and win.

Gabriel as expected did a decent job at Rback. This is only his 3rd time in his career really he has played in the position. He plays with way more guile and confidence than the limited Jenkinson.

Also thought Granit was excellent. As I’ve mentioned, we do not suffer from issues with width because both fullbacks push forward leaving our nominal wide forwards to ‘explore’ the channel. Granit sits in the middle just ahead of the two Cbacks. Mustafi covers the right side of defense when we are pushed up, Koscielny the other flank. Also though Ramsey was diligent today and not ill disciplined. He has to pick his moments supporting Ozil further forward.

Ozil was good today although again, he needs to continue with his off ball work. There was one moment when Iwobi had his hand(feet) full at closer to end of game with 3 Swans shirts on him. Ozil was close but just spectated rather than getting stuck in to help. But the German is class with movement going forward.

Decent win but we have to improve if we are going to win the points against teams around us.

Clean sheet and goals massive bonus.

And we have Danny, Lucas, the Ox. Plenty of weapons to deploy. Efficiency is key.

Maasai Gooner

kindly give that boy (17) some whiskey, I’ll pay for it. I do hope that performance will help boost his confidence before goal. he has looked short of it in the past.

spinner

Think you might need to take it easy with the whiskey yourself.
You do realise that boy (17) was one of our best players today?

emmanuel ndiokwere

So, how on earth will a coach no longer have the right to substitute a player if such is for the benefit of the player and the team. I’m becoming exasperated with Alexis unbecoming tantrum whenever he is substituted. I know he is a superstar and perhaps Arsenal’s best player but somebody should advise him to show greater humility and respect for the manager.

Wozfe

Own Goal: 10/10. Two goals and two assists today, not bad.

Da Oli G Show

I like Owen Goal a lot when he scores for us, but I can’t stand him when he scores for the other team.

Mike Rutch

Owen Goal… you wouldn’t catch me making childish name gags.

SFGiants

We should try to get Owen in this transfer window.

Tilmann

Always great to get the comfortable win. Second half was very good.

I want to hug Alexis…..while he is hugging is dogs.

Mark

Ozil definitely looked a bit rusty, but good to have him back. We all looked slow and a bit low on energy in the first half, but much better second half. Giroud did score, but didn’t do much at all other than a five yard out tap in, bad miss on Ramsey’s cross before that and really didn’t get involved at all. I do think we are stronger starting with Sanchez up top and bringing Giroud in as we’ve been starting way low on energy too often of late which we were not when Sanchez was the striker.

Gooniegoogoo

OG hattrick! ⚽⚽⚽

Alex

Very unfair for Özil, but well, no assist, no goal, he was surely bad. Oh, wait, the most passes, 3 created chances (more than anyone)? Who cares?

Greaves

Nooo….. do not say that. He just was not that lucky today.
Big up the whole side though for a job done. On to the next match.
The league is ours to win. Now Wenger get us Payet to help Ozil, and thus the whole team, in the absence of Cazorla.
COYG!!

SFGiants

Payet can stay the fuck where he is. He’s a prima donna and would probably be a dressing room cancer.

Goonerrob86

All things relative Alexis mate, I had money on giroud first goal scorer and 3-0 win. Maybe other people are bothered you even scored at all, did you ever think about that with your hissy fit? I doubt it. But maybe I had a little tantrum cos you cost me my bet and I’m not on 200k+ a week. Get some perspective you loveable sulker.

Carlos_Santana

Sanchez wants the golden boot at the end of the season.. This game was an opportunity for him to nail down some more goals.. So understandably he’d be annoyed..

Conchetumadre

Don’t be mad at Alexis.
The guy loves to play and score goals and he’s wearing the Arsenal jersey, so that’s fine by me.

SFGiants

Good to give credit to the ref who, for once, was actually doing his job. A difficult call correctly made. also 10/10 to old Lady Luck for the 2nd and 3rd goals.

I AM ARSENAL

Loved that part when Iwobi absolutely beasted Naughton…He was class in the 2nd half

alex

I thought Ozil was class every time he touched the ball. What I don’t understand is why he was so often playing deeper than Ramsey.

Aviz

I think that was because Wenger told ozil to play deep in second half,at the halftime and Ramsey to push forward,because ozil did not have much of the ball in first half and Ramsey did fuckall with the ball when he had it.

dholio

Xhaka is integraring into the team in a fine way now. Some of his long range passing is exceptional.
We need more from Ramsey though. I know he’s still finding form after injury, but he’s lucky other central midfielders are injured atm.
Gabriel filled in just fine bar one cross field bone head pass and Monreal did well at both ends despite getting the shit kicked out of him.
Keep going boys. 3 more pts next week!

Brendan from NY

Given we only have two fit central midfielders and more depth up front, i think arsene missed an opportinty to experimemy, sub off ramsey or xhaka and put ox, iwobi, or ainsley in there.

Shoot, maybe we could have even put alexis in there…. hehe…

Zim gooner

Alexis is just fine. Wouldn’t be Alexis without that.

Elcamino

Not convinced about GRamsey midfield. I actually thing Ozil may be pretty well suited to the Carolla role helping play it from the back.

Funny how with Mustafi we seem to.leave.big gaps and have to make last ditch tackles but in the end it ends up being effective. Not sure.if it’s coincidence or not but you can’t argue with not.losing with him in the lineup.

I’d love to see more of Welbz when he gets fit. He’ll give us yet another dimension.

Liverpool and City dropping points. Now if Chelsea could drop a few#$!*

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