Arsenal vs Swansea Player Ratings

Arsenal could only muster a 1-0 victory against newly-promoted Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday night.

Can they understand each other?

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny - 6.5
Dominated his penalty area, coming off his line to clear any danger very quickly. Had a relatively easy game as Swansea barely tested him.

Per Mertesacker - 7
Showed much stability at the heart of the Arsenal defence. What he lacked in pace he made up with experience and solid reading of the game.

Laurent Koscielny - 6
An average performance from the Frenchman, although he dealt with crosses well.

Kieran Gibbs - 6.5
Caught out of position on a few occasions but his crosses into the penalty area always looked threatening. Might have also scored his first goal for Arsenal in this match had he fired a shot straight at the keeper when given a good chance.

Bacary Sagna - 7
Finally back in his natural right back position - he was sorely missed in the 8-2 humbling by Manchester United.

Aaron Ramsey - 6
He did not perform as brightly as in his previous few games, but still picked a pass well and helped out defensively when called upon.

Mikel Arteta - 7
Has been tasked with filling the void left behind by Cesc Fabregas, and he put in a notable performance against Swansea. He should be Arsenal's most creative player in the team this season.

Emmanuel Frimpong (Off 74') - 7
A very effective hard tackling midfielder, something Arsenal need to bolster their leaky defence. However, he needs to stop giving away possession so cheaply.

Andrei Arshavin (Off 62') - 7
An instinctive finish from the Russian after an early Christmas gift from the Swansea keeper gave he an empty net to shoot at from an acute angle.

Theo Walcott - 7
It was typical Theo against Swansea. Poor crossing from wide positions but he did catch the eye with his ability to run at defenders.

Robin Van Persie - 6.5
A very quiet game for the Dutchman. Apart from that one shot which deflected off the post, he barely threatened the Swansea defence.

Substitutions

Yossi Benayoun (On 62') - 6
Played on the left in the short time he was on, and showed enthusiasm to fight for the Arsenal cause.

Francis Coquelin (On 74') - 6
Was played in a holding midfield role and kept things simple.

Marouane Chamakh (81' on) - 6
Almost scored after his introduction - a reminder to all Arsenal fans that he could become a force for them in the air.

Swansea City

Michel Vorm - 5
Vorm's mistake in gifting the ball to Arsenal when he was out of his goal will definitely be up there in the "worst goalkeeping blunders of the season" contention. Where was the communication with his defenders?

Steven Caulker - 7
The on-loan defender saved his team from going behind with a heroic clearance off the line which prevented Walcott from getting on the scoresheet. Tottenham may want to hang to him?

Ashley Williams - 7
Put his body on the line to keep out Arsenal and he played like he was the only one in a Swansea jersey who believed they could leave the Emirates Stadium with a point.

Neil Taylor - 6.5
Did not run forward needlessly and stuck close to Walcott, making sure he could not exploit any gaps at the back.

Angel Rangel - 6
Was it his fault the ball struck his heel and "assisted" Arshavin? Apart from that incident he was almost water-tight at the back.

Leon Britton - 6.5
Could not match the Arsenal powerhouses in midfield, but he put in a commendable performance trying his best to keep Arteta and Ramsey as quiet as possible.

Kemy Agustien (Off 64') - 7

A very lively performance from Agustien, always wanting to put the Arsenal defence to the test, unfortunately his day was ruined after picking up an injury.

Scott Sinclair - 7
Didn't get many touches as compared to the previous few games, but did well to stretch the Arsenal wing backs at the wide positions. Almost scored the equalizer from a free-kick but rattled the crossbar instead.

Nathan Dyer - 7
Great wing play from Dyer using his pace to good effect, giving Gibbs all sorts of problems down the right for Swansea.

Danny Graham - 7.5
The best chance in the first half came from him after he forced an early save from Szczesny. Could not match the Arsenal centre-backs in the air, but did a remarkable job keeping possession and waiting for reinforcements. Almost scored Swansea's first goal of the season during stoppage time but couldn't keep his shot down.

Joe Allen (Off 75') - 5.5
Did well during the opening few minutes, but slowly got less involved in his team's play and was virtually a spectator till he was substituted.

Substitutions

Mark Gower (On 64') - 6.5
Finally got his first Premier League debut at the age of 32, and injected some energy and optimism into the Swansea team.

Stephen Dobbie (On 75')
N/A

Luke Moore (On 84')
N/A 



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