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September 28, 2013 5:30 PM WAT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 20712‎
 
82′ Ben Davies
Serge Gnabry 58′
 
Aaron Ramsey 62′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea City 1-2 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's team climbed to the top of the league after goals from Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey steered the injury-ravaged Gunners to a fifth consecutive victory

By Wayne Veysey at Liberty Stadium

  • Michel Vorm
    5
    2
    3.00

    Michel Vorm

    Did not have a save to make until the 51st minute but could do little to keep out the fine finishes from Gnabry and Ramsey.

  • Jordi Amat
    4
    6
    3.00

    Jordi Amat

    Lost Giroud on the cusp of half-time to allow the Frenchman through on goal, but an otherwise encouraging display from the centre-back, who replaced injured skipper Williams.

  • Chico
    5
    3
    3.50

    Chico

    The classy defender occasionally got caught out of position but also dealt very capably with most of the visitors' attacks.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    3
    1
    3.00

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Was on the receiving end of a few early spiky tackles from Wilshere but kept his head and defended solidly at right-back.

  • Ben Davies
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ben Davies

    Troubled by the pace and power of rookie winger Gnabry but deserves great credit for his splendidly conceived and executed goal.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    1
    1
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Started his third game in a week but that did not diminish his energy or zealousness. Banged a piledriver narrowly over the bar early on. Subbed after an hour.

  • Michu
    5
    2
    3.50

    Michu

    Looked a danger whenever he was on the ball but struggled to get involved. Dropped deeper following Bony's introduction and made some smart passes.

  • Nathan Dyer
    3
    2
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Always looked a threat but was unable to make the most of some promising positions, as his touch failed to match his pace.

  • Wayne Routledge
    4
    3
    2.00

    Wayne Routledge Flop of the Match

    Anonymous display from the winger. Subbed at the hour mark.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    4
    1
    3.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Energy and commitment in spades, and took the fight to Arsenal when his team went 2-0 down.

  • José Cañas
    3
    3
    3.00

    José Cañas

    Smooth in possession and ensured that Flamini and Ramsey were never able to dominate in central midfield.

Substitutions

  • Pozuelo
    1
    3

    Pozuelo

    Another impressive substitute display from the young Spaniard.

  • Wilfried Bony
    5
    3
    3.50

    Wilfried Bony

    Lively cameo from the striker. Could, and perhaps should, have scored a goal but played a key role in the one-two for Swansea's excellent goal.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    20
    4
    3.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Confident with his catching, shot-stopping and distribution, but some of his decision-making was iffy. Nearly came a cropper when he was too lax in possession close to his goal-line in the first half. Made a fine save from Bony in the second half.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    18
    1
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Made some vital interceptions and blocks in a typically vigilant display, but looked less assured following Bony's introduction.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    14
    1
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Kept Dyer quiet, defended smartly and always looked a threat when he carried the ball forward down the left flank.

  • Bacary Sagna
    15
    6
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Solid display until his laboured attempt at tracking Davies' excellent run for the Swansea goal.

  • Per Mertesacker
    18
    0
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Composed display from the big German. Dominated in the air and read the play well

  • Jack Wilshere
    14
    6
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Looked a square peg in a round hole on the left flank in the opening period. Far more effective as an attacking force after his team went ahead although one careless pass put Bony through on goal.

  • Mesut Özil
    26
    4
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    The club-record signing had his least effective game yet for his new employers. Wasted a great chance to double Arsenal's lead when the score was 1-0 but his smooth touch helped his team maintain their dominance.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    35
    0
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey Top of the Match

    Has looked a transformed player this season and delivered another performance of spit and polish. Covered every blade of grass and set up Gnabry for the opening goal before doubling Arsenal's lead with an emphatically-taken second goal to notch up his fifth in four matches and eighth of the season.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    15
    4
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    His energy and commitment made up for his occasionally wonky use of the ball. Faces an intriguing battle for the anchorman role with fit-again Arteta.

  • Olivier Giroud
    15
    3
    3.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Brave display from the Frenchman, who overcame an ankle problem to lead the line with aplomb. Made amends for wasting a great chance on the cusp of half-time by smartly setting up Ramsey for the second.

  • Serge Gnabry
    23
    3
    4.00

    Serge Gnabry

    Pace, power and a fine debut goal for the strapping young winger. Capped his third start in a week, and only the fourth of his nascent Arsenal career, with a splendid finish for the opener. Demonstrated a welcome desire to run at the opposition and caused problems to Swansea with his dribbling ability.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    9
    0

    Monreal

    Replaced Ozil in the dying minutes.

  • Mikel Arteta
    10
    0

    Mikel Arteta

    Helped Arsenal shore up the midfield late on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2