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Arsenal vs. Swansea City: Live Player Ratings for the Gunners

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Wojciech Szczesny grabs the arm of Lukas Podolski of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on February 8, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2014

Arsenal were looking to get their Premier League title bid right back on track after being thumped 6-0 by Chelsea at the weekend, as they faced Swansea City in their game in hand on Tuesday night.

Wilfried Bony scored the only goal of the first half, but a spate of late goals saw the match end 2-2. Lukas Podolski scored one and set one up in the space of two minutes to put Arsenal ahead, with Giroud scoring the second, before a last-minute Mathieu Flamini own goal meant the points were shared.

Arsenal Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Szczesny55
Sagna76
Mertesacker65
Vermaelen55
Gibbs67
Flamini66
Arteta76
Rosicky57
Cazorla88
Oxlade-Chamberlain76
Giroud56
b/r

 

Arsenal quick first half analysis

SZCZESNY—Has literally had nothing to do except pick the ball out of his net.

SAGNA—Getting forward frequently and has put several good crosses in, with nobody taking advantage.

MERTESACKER—Went close with a headed effort but couldn't suppress Bony at the other end.

VERMAELEN—Beaten too easily by the powerful striker for the goal. Composed in possession thereafter.

GIBBS—Hasn't yet been too effective in final third and caught out on the break a number of times.

FLAMINI—Overrun on two or three occasions when Swansea counter.

ARTETA—Very aggressive in his positioning and trying to make numbers in the box.

ROSICKY—Poor. Hasn't used the ball well so far.

CAZORLA—Best player on the pitch; the only inventive Arsenal player who is trying to raise the tempo.

OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN—Has burst into life on occasion, mainly running down the right channel.

GIROUD—Very slow and unimpressive in his movement. Lacking control and offering nothing in linkup.

 

Arsenal quick second half analysis

SZCZESNY—Mainly saw shots fly wide of his goal before being beaten by the last-minute own goal.

SAGNA—Always a presence down the right but couldn't find any regular end product.

MERTESACKER—Considering they had little to do, neither Arsenal centre-back can be overly happy.

VERMAELEN—Lost out in the physical battle to Bony. Couldn't keep Swansea out at the death.

GIBBS—Fantastic rampaging run for the initial equaliser, but offered that kind of threat infrequently.

FLAMINI—The own goal wasn't his fault as the ball bounced off his shins, but he didn't have a good night.

ARTETA—Played safely in the second half, not spectacular but nor helping his team go for the kill.

ROSICKY—Finally came to life after the hour mark. Some good surging runs after that point.

CAZORLA—Faded a little but still Arsenal's best starter.

OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN—Substituted after an ineffective display. His replacement was the game-changer.

GIROUD—Really inept centre-forward's display...yet he made one run, just one, which beat his marker. He scored from it, and it was almost the winner.

 

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