Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City Player Ratings

Another match day, another game of two halves for Arsenal as we came back from behind for the third time in a week to recover another three points.

Not many players were able to hit the heights we’ve become used to from them in the first half but here’s how they played over the 90 minutes.

Petr Cech – 6.4

It was a pretty routine day for Petr Cech in goal on Saturday. Suspect when protecting his near post for the goal, as well as causing a few scares but overall did enough to keep us ahead.

Laurent Koscielny – 6.6

The Frenchman didn’t have the worst game but found himself at fault for the goal by slipping and letting Tammy Abraham free to assist Clucas’ goal.

Per Meresacker – 6.7

The central man of the defence did his job well and made his presence known winning six headers but had a scare when the ball was stolen from him by Ayew in the box, who luckily couldn’t take advantage.

Nacho Monreal – 7.4

Saturday saw Monreal put in another solid performance in the back three as he was able to win possession back easily during the game and as usual, hardly put a foot wrong.

Hector Bellerin – 6.6

Bellerin didn’t have as much joy down the right as he usually does down the right but almost had his way when he his shot hit the bar, however, he did have a quiet day.

Aaron Ramsey – 8.0

The Welshman was one of the best players on the pitch on Saturday. A great all-round performance which included a couple of key passes and recoveries was nicely topped off with his 50th Arsenal goal against his Welsh rivals.

Granit Xhaka – 6.9

Not as influential in the midfield as his partner, Xhaka didn’t have a bad game but he was a bit of a passenger during the game despite moving the ball well.

Sead Kolasinac – 8.2

The best player on the pitch, Kolasinac showed just why he was in the Bundesliga team of the year last season. It was a slow burner for the wing back but once he found his groove it was almost impossible to stop his strike and his well-timed run and assist for Ramsey’s goal.

Mesut Ozil – 7.2

Not as impressive as last week but Ozil still managed to do some things of note on Saturday. To the surprise of some people reading this, he actually tracked back a few times and won back possession for Arsenal which was encouraging. He was also awarded an assist for a blocked shot.

Alexis Sanchez – 6.8

Despite the win, Sanchez wasn’t one of the influential players. He did have his flashes but they seemed a bit rushed by the Chilean.

Alexandre Lacazette – 6.7

Out of the front three Lacazette struggled the most, mostly due to the way Swansea played as they left no space for him to attack in behind or come deep into in front of the defence. Probably a better day to have used a target man.

Rob Holding – 6.4

Coming on for Kolasinac, Holding slotted in well at centre back but didn’t need to do an awful lot.

Olivier Giroud – 6.5

Giroud also didn’t have much time to make an impact but could’ve done better with the one chance he had which was volleyed wide.

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Art de Roche
Hi I’m Art and I’m currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. I support Arsenal and try to get down to the Emirates a few times each season hoping that we can finally win the Premier League again. But hopefully I write a bit more often than Arsenal win Premier Leagues!