By FOX SPORTS staff
It was the Swansea show at the Liberty Stadium early on as they looked like the more promising side, with Arsenal struggling to put together a string of passes. Angel Rangel and Michu had golden opportunities to give the home side the lead, but the teams went into the break all square.
Arsene Wenger's side began to dominate after the restart, but both clubs still struggled to create a decent chance in the final third. The managers were forced to make changes halfway through the half and the Gunners reaped the benefits of the fresh legs on the pitch. New boy Nacho Monreal finally stabbed home the opener in the 74th minute when Swansea failed to clear the ball in their penalty box after multiple attempts.
Arsenal's forgotten man Gervinho then doubled his team's lead in stoppage time after Swansea committed too many bodies forward, leaving themselves horribly exposed at the back.
Michel Vorm - 6
Coped well with Arsenal's strikes from distance but was harshly undone by Monreal's shot.
Ashley Williams - 7
One of the most consistent performers for Swansea as he was instinctively at the right place at the right time to clear the handful of chances that Arsenal created. Threw his body on the line and made some vital blocks to keep the scores level till Swansea was undone by Monreal.
Garry Monk - 6
Dallied on the ball at times and should have cleared his lines quicker given his experience. He was also nowhere to be seen when Arsenal got their second goal.
Angel Rangel - 6.5
Had more freedom down the right as his marker was always drifting to the middle. Had an opportunity to test Fabianski when he was played through on goal by Ki but his shot was disappointingly miles off target.
Ben Davies - 5.5
Not tight on his man, much to his manager's disappointment, allowing Arsenal to play the one-twos around him too easily. It didn't help that Jenkinson came knocking every few minutes either.
Leon Britton - 6.5
Remarkably assured on the ball, considering he just returned from injury. He was the most reliable person to turn to when Swansea wanted to counter and overall it was a good game for a man working on his match fitness.
Pablo Hernandez - 5
Just like the Lehman brothers, he looked promising at the start but his stocks plunged as the game went on and never quite recovered from it.
Ki Sung-Yueng (66' off) - 7
Always on the move, the ever present midfield figure for Swansea pulled the strings from deep and did not attempt anything too fancy. He left that job to his other team mates, but they did not fare too well against this resilient Arsenal side.
Jonathan De Guzman - 6
Should stay further up the pitch as he was a lot less productive in his own half, giving the ball away needlessly on a few occasions. His attempts from distance looked menacing though,when they were on target.
Nathan Dyer (76' off) - 5
Similar to Theo Walcott, he was all pace but no end product and always running into trouble. The performance of Monreal and Jenkinson did not do his confidence any favours as well.
Michu - 6
Although he was flagged for offside, Michu scuffed a left footed shot in the penalty box early in the first half and did not have a chance to work the Arsenal stopper after. He was probably still revelling in his previous encounter with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and it cost his team dearly.
Wayne Routledge (66' on) - 5.5
Surprisingly, he barely had an impact in the game after his introduction.
Luke Moore (76' on)
Lukasz Fabianski - 8
His "flappy-handski" title may soon be forgotten at the rate he is going. Two clean sheets in a week will definitely keep his fellow Pole on the bench a little longer.
Per Mertesacker - 6.5
Lacked that extra bit of composure at the back at times, especially when Arsenal have a reputation of playing their way out of trouble. No matter, his safety first policy seems to be working well for this current Arsenal crop as he stuck to his task of clearing the aerial balls well.
Laurent Koscielny - 6
Despite the early scares, the Frenchman had a relatively easy game and was rarely called upon to bail his keeper out of trouble.
Carl Jenkinson - 7.5
Almost gave Swansea the lead when one of his stray passes was picked up by Michu on the edge of the penalty box, but at the rate this boy is improving, Bacary Sagna would have to find first team football somewhere else. Balanced his attacking and defending game well, doing well to match Dyer for pace throughout.
Nacho Monreal - 8
Nobody doubted Arsene Wenger when he said he was a better player going forward and what a good time to get his first goal for the club! Slowly but surely adapting to the English game.
Abou Diaby (70' off) - 4
Nonchalant in the middle of the park and refused to commit to challenges or get his hands dirty. Seemed only interested in bringing the ball forward but frustrated his team mates when his final pass was always easily intercepted.
Mikel Arteta - 6.5
Who could expect Arteta to be the deepest lying midfielder for Arsenal in this game. Stuck to the task very well but should have been pushed further up the pitch to assist Cazorla.
Theo Walcott (85' off) - 4
The Englishman remains consistently poor and unpredictable. Always seem to be making the wrong decisions and slowing down play unnecessarily despite his lightning pace.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (70' off) - 7
PoorOxlade-Chamberlain laboured on the field without complaining but could only rattle the crossbar twice in the first half.
Santi Cazorla - 8
It is still not possible to single out which is his preferred foot with the Spaniard flawlessly shooting and passing with both! His intelligence going forward when he has the ball is priceless, especially now that Jack Wilshere is on the treatment table.
Olivier Giroud - 6.5
His tireless battles in the air were all in vain without willing runners able to anticipate his knock-downs. It was his telling touch (which was probably unintentional) that set up Monreal for the opening goal.
Gervinho (70' on) - 7
His introduction into the game was identical to the midweek game against Bayern Munich, lively with the ball and his fresh legs gave the Swansea problems. His tireless runs eventually paid off when the Gunners caught Swansea on the counter and he calmly passed the ball past a helpless Vorm.
After spending months on the sidelines, perhaps now is a good time to start the Ivorian forward with the rest of his team struggling to find the back of the net.
Aaron Ramsey (70' on) - 7
The two substitutes combined well for Arsenal's second goal in stoppage time, and the visitors could finally breathe easy.
Kieran Gibbs (85' on)