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March 16, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 20583‎
 
 
Monreal 74′
 
Gervinho 90+1′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 0-2 Arsenal

Nacho Monreal's first goal for the club and a late finish from Gervinho secured all three points for Arsene Wenger's side at the Liberty Stadium as they chase fourth place

By Charlie Scott

  • Michel Vorm
    1
    10
    2.00

    Michel Vorm

    Saved well from Cazorla's volley in the 18th minute. Was beaten well by Monreal for Arsenal's goal and could do nothing about Gervinho's late second.

  • Ashley Williams
    3
    5
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    The Wales international was solid at the back for the hosts and put in some vital blocks during the game. Twice he stopped what looked like certain goals by getting in the way of efforts from Walcott and Giroud.

  • Ángel Rangel
    3
    6
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Burst forward and dinked an effort just wide in the 14th minute. Allowed more space than Davies at left-back and he made the most of it by proving an outlet for his side on a number of occasions.

  • Ben Davies
    2
    5
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    Assured at full-back for the home side, but was not given a chance to get forward as he was pinned back by Arsenal's overlapping right-back, Jenkinson.

  • Leon Britton
    3
    5
    3.50

    Leon Britton

    Welcomed back to the starting line-up following a spell out with a hip injury, the midfielder was confident in possession throughout and acted as the springboard for many of his team's attacks.

  • Michu
    3
    10
    2.50

    Michu

    Started the game delightfully with a skilful flick and also fired a shot just wide after spinning past Mertesacker midway through the first half. Skied an effort high over the bar in the second half.

  • Pablo Hernández
    3
    11
    1.50

    Pablo Hernández Flop of the Match

    Did not have as great an impact as he could have as he often over-complicated passes in attacking areas. His performance went dramatically downhill after a promising start.

  • Nathan Dyer
    1
    9
    2.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Shot over early on and that seemed to knock his confidence as Jenkinson nullified the threat he posed. Found himself running into brick walls in the form of Mertesacker and Koscielny when he did cut inside.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    1
    5
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Was very confident in possession for the hosts. Conceded a free kick after catching Cazorla as the Spaniard drove forward in the 25th minute.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    3
    5
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Set Rangel up for a chance in the first half with a neat through ball and his range of passing allowed Swansea to work the ball into dangerous areas throughout the game. Subbed for Routledge in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Wayne Routledge
    1
    5
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Little impact on the match after being introduced late on.

  • Luke Moore
    1
    5
    2.50

    Luke Moore

    Replaced Dyer later on and had no time to leave his mark.

  • Lukasz Fabianski
    36
    3
    2.50

    Lukasz Fabianski

    Little to do in goal for the Gunners. Made one good stop from Michu midway through the first half only for play to be brought back for offside.

  • Per Mertesacker
    32
    5
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    The imposing defender was turned easily by Michu in the 17th minute and his lack of mobility was exploited at times by Swansea's pacy attack. However he was strong in the air throughout.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    34
    3
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Like Mertesacker he struggled a bit against Swansea's front three but will be pleased to have left the Liberty Stadium with a clean sheet.

  • Monreal
    54
    2
    3.50

    Monreal

    The former Malaga full-back supported his side well in attack but this did lead to him being caught out of position at points. Scored the first goal with a driven effort from the edge of the box.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    45
    3
    3.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    Showed great athleticism to match the pace of Dyer on a couple of occasions early on but nearly gifted Swansea a goal when his misplaced pass was diverted to Michu who shot narrowly wide. Provided great width in the second half.

  • A. Diaby
    20
    28
    1.50

    A. Diaby

    Off the pace on his return to the Arsenal starting XI. Put in some ill-timed challenges as he struggled against Swansea's impressive midfield. Unsurprisingly subbed off after 70 minutes.

  • Mikel Arteta
    35
    5
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    The Spaniard was the deepest midfielder for the visitors today and though he was neat and tidy on the ball it did limit his impact on the game.

  • Santi Cazorla
    63
    2
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla Top of the Match

    The attacker produced a competent performance for Wenger's men. He sent a dipping volley at goal in the 18th minute that Vorm scrambled to keep out and twice tested the Swansea goalkeeper after the break.

  • Olivier Giroud
    31
    14
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Linked effectively with his team-mates, particularly Oxlade-Chamberlain. A clever pass from the France international to Cazorla nearly resulted in a goal in the 52nd minute and 20 minutes later he did get an assist as his pass found Monreal who made it 1-0.

  • Theo Walcott
    22
    24
    2.00

    Theo Walcott

    A quiet display from the England international. Arsenal often sent the ball out to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left which restricted his input. Wasted a well-positioned free kick from 25 yards in the 27th minute. Subbed off late on.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    54
    3
    3.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    The midfielder was a constant threat for Arsenal. He crashed a curling shot against the crossbar in the eighth minute before repeating the achievement with a swerving strike from 30 yards late in the first half. Replaced by Gervinho on 70 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Kieran Gibbs
    32
    2
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Brought on with minutes to go.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    39
    3
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Introduced as a second half substitute. Set up Gervinho for Arsenal's second goal late on.

  • Gervinho
    39
    5
    3.00

    Gervinho

    Replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half. Showed his usual electric pace and even added an end product by calmly slotting past Vorm to make it 2-0.

Results
 
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