Arsenal’s defensive frailties exposed once again as Arsene Wenger’s men threw away an Alexis Sanchez opener. Conditions were certainly not favourable but there can be no excuses for an appalling final 20 minutes.
Some bad organization let Swansea open up the Gunners midfield forcing Kieran Gibbs to concede a free-kick. Siguardson scored a stunner and the rest became predictable. Chambers, who had a day to forget, let his man get the best of him down the right wing, with the resulting cross from Montero teeing up a well taken header from Bafétimbi Gomis. Aaron Ramsey and especially Nacho Monreal should’ve done better. We failed to muster a winner.
Another disappointing result and not a good way into the international break.
Here are the player ratings:
Szczesny 6.5: Brave dive early on and a brilliant save to deny Swansea the lead. Was unable to save the superb equalizer and perhaps could’ve done better for the headed winner.
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Chambers 3.0: Was very fortunate to not concede a penalty, had a couple of hairy moments where he was lucky not to get punished and struggled consistently against Montero. Wasn’t able to be as effective going forward as in previous weeks.
Mertesacker 5.0: Was beaten a number of times by Swansea’s pacy attack, certainly wasn’t the German’s best performance.
Monreal 5.0: Beaten shockingly in the air against Gomis. When a game such as this is decided by cut throat moments, a proper centre half would’ve been stronger in the air.
Gibbs 6.5: Took one for the team to concede a free kick on Burrow’s breakaway…But it backfired and Siguardson scored sensationally. Offered a little going forward but, like Chambers, was not as involved as he is capable of being.
Flamini 4.0: Some strong challenges from the Flame, he kept Sigurdson at bay early on but isn’t providing enough protection for this struggling Arsenal defence who were cut open wide on a number of occasions.
Ramsey 4.0: Some wayward shots from the Welshman but was inches from netting a stunning opener. Was ineffective overall and rightfully subbed.
Ox 7.5: Easily Arsenal’s best player, was very effective with his pace and tenacity. Helped the Gunners transition from defence to attack. Could’ve been MotM had the team been better organized to hold our 1-0 lead.
Alexis 7.0: Tried to get things working in the final third and as ever provided the clinical finish.
Cazorla 6.0: Santi was at times ominous but was key in the build up to Sanchez’s opener. But couldn’t quite have as much impact on the game with most of the play running down the right wing.
Welbeck 6.0: Missed a very good chance when one on one with Lukasz Fabianski. Had the entire far post gaping with the Pole diving to his near, should’ve done better. But made up for it with a superb run, cutback and pass for Alexis’ opener. Worked hard as normal couldn’t find the clinical touch.
79′ Wilshere 2.5: Didn’t provide anything apart from some pointless yelling at the ref. Should’ve saved his breath and made an impact. But difficult conditions and all that…blah blah.
79′ Walcott 2.0: Would’ve earned a 1.0 for his shocking first touches when he was put through, but the fact he made the runs justified a slight mark-up. Looks promising for when he fully returns.
86′ Sanogo 5.0: N/A