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January 17, 2013 1:00 AM IST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 58359‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 Swansea

A much-improved second half performance saw the Gunners negotiate a tricky FA Cup third round tie courtesy of a superb Jack Wilshere strike from 20 yards late on

By Jay Jaffa at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    23
    1
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Could do nothing about Bartley's header, which smacked his crossbar, but otherwise looked untroubled.

  • Bacary Sagna
    28
    1
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Won every race for the ball, got forward well and pushed Routledge deeper and deeper into his own half. Delivered a wonderful cross for Walcott to turn against the post.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    26
    2
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Got forward when he could but was guilty of allowing Dyer a bit too much time on the ball. Improved in the second half and forced Swansea back.

  • Per Mertesacker
    23
    2
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Wasn't overly troubled up against Graham, though he did invite pressure with some halfway line dithering.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    30
    1
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    His close range free-kick fizzed just over the crossbar before an even better chance was spurned 10 yards out as Vorm made a fine save. Wasn't at his best defensively but then made up for it with a couple of well-timed last ditch challenges.

  • A. Diaby
    32
    0
    3.50

    A. Diaby

    The big man started his second game in a week and looked impressive in the middle with Coquelin. Sometimes had a tendency to dally on the ball but his pass to set Walcott free was inch perfect and deserved a better finish.

  • Santi Cazorla
    15
    9
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Drifted in and out of the game but rifled a powerful effort from 20 yards just over Vorm's bar. Other than that he had very little influence from the left. Not a game to remember.

  • Francis Coquelin
    21
    3
    3.00

    Francis Coquelin

    Struck one rasping volley that was well gathered by Vorm and otherwise slotted in adequately alongside Diaby.

  • Jack Wilshere
    77
    0
    4.00

    Jack Wilshere Top of the Match

    His driving run in the first half was emblematic of his desire to break Swansea down and his work around the box was full of invention. Forced a good save from Vorm after twisting free of his markers and continued to drive Arsenal on. Was rewarded when he linked up with Giroud to volley superbly past Vorm from 20 yards and win the game.

  • Olivier Giroud
    20
    7
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Guilty of missing two good chances in the opening 10 minutes, putting one header over and a right-footed shot wide at the near post. Wasn't always on the right wavelength and missed a number of chances over the 90 minutes. Stayed calm though and cushioned a nice lay-off for Wilshere's winner.

  • Theo Walcott
    10
    14
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Was moved back to his right-wing spot but looked confident as he burst past Tiendalli early on to cross for Giroud. Spurned a great chance early in the second half, clipping the ball wide of the far post when in on goal but otherwise looked Arsenal's most potent weapon. Will wonder how on earth he didn't tap home Vorm's parry as Graham shouldered clear, before missing a fine chance inside the box, curling wide. Hit the post with a glancing header which rather summed up his night - he would not have scored if he'd played for another three hours.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Ramsey
    11
    4

    Aaron Ramsey

    Came on for Diaby late in the game.

  • Michel Vorm
    13
    3
    3.50

    Michel Vorm

    Showed safe hands from Gibbs' well-drilled effort and his distribution was usually excellent. Made a vital stop with his legs on the stroke of half-time before being peppered by shots from all manner of angles. Did well before thanking the intervention of his far post as it rebounded Walcott's header into his arms. Had no chance with the Wilshere winner.

  • Chico
    6
    3
    3.50

    Chico

    Much improved since the start of the season, Chico put his body on the line in the box whenever Arsenal broke forward. He was fortunate, perhaps, to get away with a shirt pull on Walcott when he was in on goal. Unlucky to watch his headed effort at goal hit the side netting with 10 minutes to go.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    1
    2
    2.50

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Played at left-back and found the going tough up against the electric Walcott. Conceded time and space in the opening stages but gradually grew into the game. Was helped when Walcott wandered into the middle, but overall didn't impress.

  • Kyle Bartley
    2
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Bartley

    The former Gunner was extremely unlucky to see his header from six yards ping back off the crossbar. Otherwise did well in patches but occasionally caught out for pace.

  • Ashley Richards
    1
    3
    3.00

    Ashley Richards

    Didn't have a pacy winger to deal with, but was up against the tricky Cazorla. The young defender did well though, keeping the Spaniard largely quiet. Didn't proceed much beyond the halfway line, however.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    0
    4
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Didn't have his most impressive game but was neat and tidy nonetheless. He harried the Arsenal midfield for the 62 minutes he was on the pitch before being replaced by Ki.

  • Kemy Agustien
    0
    3
    3.00

    Kemy Agustien

    Slotted into the middle of the midfield and displayed an impressive array of passing when allowed to do so. He was replaced on the hour mark by Pablo Hernandez.

  • Leon Britton
    1
    2
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Neat and tidy as ever and kept Swansea calm when in possession. Much of their impressive ball retention was down to the rhythm he created.

  • Nathan Dyer
    1
    2
    2.50

    Nathan Dyer

    A peripheral figure for much of the game. Offered next to nothing in attack and just an extra body in defence when Gibbs got forward.

  • Wayne Routledge
    1
    2
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Like Dyer, he couldn't get forward and hurt Arsenal, instead giving assistance to the struggling Tiendalli at left-back.

  • Danny Graham
    1
    9
    2.00

    Danny Graham Flop of the Match

    Had Swansea's first real chance on 20 minutes but dragged his 20-yard effort horribly wide. Didn't have much luck going forward and his link play was often sloppy but he made a crucial intervention on his own goal-line, deflecting the ball clear with his shoulder. Was replaced by Michu with 20 minutes to go.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Hernández
    0
    4
    2.50

    Pablo Hernández

    Came on for Agustien in the 60th minute but struggled to impact the game from the left.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    2
    3
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Replaced De Guzman with 28 minutes remaining to provide more height in the Swansea midfield. Fired a low drive that was well turned behind by Szczesny.

  • Michu
    1
    5
    2.50

    Michu

    Came on for Graham with 20 to play with a new haircut but could not conjure anything of note.

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