Arsene Wenger came into this game at the Liberty stadium in Norwich City with plenty of injury problems. He lost a number of his first team players but was able to brush off the Welsh outfit aside with a 3-0 victory o Saturday. They now sit at the second position only on goal difference. Gary Monk will be furious with his team’s second half performance after they started brightly in the first half.
Check out how each player performed in this Swansea vs Arsenal game.
Fabianski (2.5): Was generally solid in his area but was at fault for the Koscielny’s goal in the second half.
Naughton (3): Did well to keep Sanchez relatively quiet for most of the game and almost nullified his effect.
Fernandez (3): Was solid at the back giving no space to the likes of Giroud. Was also good in possession.
Williams (2.5): Not a great game as he was often caught out of possession and allowed the Gunners to overload his flank.
Taylor (2.5): Was not a bad game defensively but left a lot desired when the team is on the attack.
Ki (2.5): Was good in the first half with his direct approach but faded away as the game passed by.
Shelvey (3): Played an intelligent game as he created a number of chances for his team-mates. Was also sound defensively.
Ayew (2.5): Always kept the Arsenal back line under tremendous pressure as he often found spaces between the defenses.
Sigurdsson (2.5): Bought out a great save from Petr Cech in the first half and stinged his hands with a free kick straight at him. That is almost everything he did in the game.
Montero (3): Was causing menace down the flank as he got the better of Bellerin all night long. His team-mates should have done better to convert from any of the chances he created from the flanks.
Gomis (2.5): Failed to score into an open goal early in the game that may have damaged his confidence. Was often caught offside throughout the game.
Cech (3): His command and reliability is a confidence booster for the squad as it proved against Swansea where he managed a clean sheet.
Bellerin (3): Was put under immense pressure down the flank but he was full of energy and tracked back almost every single time.
Mertesacker (2.5): Lucky to get away with hand balling Sigurdsson’s free-kick. Was nervous for most of the game against the likes of Gomis.
Koscielny (3.5): The Frenchman had a great game as he picked up a goal for himself but more importantly was solid at the back.
Monreal (3): An assured performance at both ends as he kept Ayew quiet for most of the game and also provided the width down his flank.
Coquelin (3): Made a number of crucial interceptions and provided enough cover for the back four.
Cazorla (3): Was given no space by the Swansea mid-field as he struggled early on but was really good when Arsenal started to counter.
Campbell (3): Scored the third for Arsenal but was far from a convincing performance. He has to train really hard as his touch and passing often let him down.
Ozil (3.5): The vision and skill to execute a pass is one of the greatest trait of the German. He was influential in all three goals and picked up two assists to his name.
Sanchez (3): Was not as effective as Wenger would have wanted him to be but looked a lot fresher than he was in the previous week.
Giroud (3.5): A scrappy game for the French striker as he hustled and harried his way to Arsenal’s first goal. He was very good when Arsenal countered as he often made himself free when needed.