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0 vs 2
Played
December 1, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 60098‎
 
 
Michu 88′
 
Michu 90+2′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-2 Swansea

Late Michu double gives all three points to visitors after lacklustre game that saw neither side create anything of note, with the Gunners attacking play particularly listless

By Josh Clarke at the Emirates

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    137
    27
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Sharp first-half double stop from Rangel stopped his side going in one down and made important from Michu and Tiendalli in the second half, when his team were desperately searching for the winner.

  • Per Mertesacker
    63
    74
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Was sometimes found wanting in the aerial duel with Michu but otherwise defended very well. Partnership with Vermaelen is improving game after game

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    81
    54
    2.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Was outdone by Dyer's pace though made a goal-saving challenge at the end of an excellent recovery run. Stepped forward to join in play well but could have done so much more often, especially with Swansea on the back foot.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    17
    137
    2.00

    Carl Jenkinson

    Was his side's best attacking outlet in the first half with a couple decent deliveries from the right touchline but didn't take the chance to cement his good work after the break. Caught in possession by Dyer, with his mistake leading to Michu's second strike, consigning his team to defeat.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    17
    115
    2.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Not his best performance, with his usual raids down the left flank non-existent.

  • Mikel Arteta
    25
    115
    2.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Off-the-boil the entire game, unable to thread together a disconnected Arsenal team that had no ideas going forward.

  • Jack Wilshere
    42
    100
    2.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Struggled to assert himself in the first half, with his game bereft of its usual quality. A move up the pitch in the second half brought a better showing though still not up to the lofty standards he usually achieves.

  • Santi Cazorla
    55
    86
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    As with Wilshere, enjoyed a much improved second-half showing. Forced to try pick up scraps out wide in the first half but found himself at the heart of the Gunners' attacking forays in the second. Had a couple half-chances, but never tested Tremmel.

  • Lukas Podolski
    35
    107
    2.50

    Lukas Podolski

    Was brought in off the left wing after about twenty minutes to provide the focal point that Gervinho couldn't. Link-up play improved but the Gunners were still woefully short of incision.

  • Theo Walcott
    19
    148
    1.50

    Theo Walcott Flop of the Match

    Wholly ineffectual out on the right flank in a game littered with bad first touches. A game to forget.

  • Gervinho
    13
    151
    2.00

    Gervinho

    First start for several weeks and it showed. Clearly isn't the front man that Wenger thinks he can become, fluffing two headed chances in the first half. Improved marginally after swapping roles with Podolski but still not at the level required.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    115
    32
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Brought on late on as Arsenal pushed for what would have been the breakthrough but barely got a sniff thanks to Michu's late double.

  • Olivier Giroud
    88
    42
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    With Arsenal desperately requiring a front man all afternoon, his introduction game too late. Denied when through on goal by a great Chico challenge, but otherwise found it difficult to adapt to the tempo of the game.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    48
    69
    2.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Sent on to give his side the spark they had been lacking all afternoon but was unable to provide it.

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    37
    5
    3.00

    Gerhard Tremmel

    Made one save from Cazorla's well struck volley in a game where he was only ever required to make wholly routine saves. How he was kept that quiet is a mystery.

  • Chico
    46
    4
    3.50

    Chico

    Wasn't fazed by Arsenal's chopping and changing of personnel up top and made a great last-ditch challenge to deny Giroud when it appeared the Frenchman was through on goal.

  • Ashley Williams
    35
    3
    3.50

    Ashley Williams

    Marshalled the defence superbly in what turned out to be a barrage of late Arsenal pressure.

  • Ángel Rangel
    40
    5
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Rarely tested down his flank and took the opportunity to bomb on where possible. Tested Szczesny early on, though had to reign in any attacking tendancies with his side's backs to the wall for the duration of the second half.

  • Ben Davies
    31
    3
    3.50

    Ben Davies

    His afternoon was made easy buy the opposition's attacking deficiencies. Barely put a foot wrong all afternoon.

  • Leon Britton
    30
    6
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Effective screen for his back four though became overran as the game wore on. Intelligent display that saw him frustrate Arsenal at any time, by keeping his passing simple and switching play.

  • Michu
    158
    5
    4.00

    Michu Top of the Match

    Proved the match winner for his team with two composed, late strikes. Dropped into the hole and looked to link things up, looking a threat throughout. Swans fans behind the goal were convinced he gave them the lead in the second half, but his angled drive rippled the side-netting.

  • Nathan Dyer
    43
    6
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Bursts beyond the front man provided his team's most potent attacking threat though scant had the chance to do so, being entrenched in his own half after the break. Denied by a fantastic Vermaelen challenge when it looked like he was going to prod beyond Szczesny and his perseverence lead to Michu's second.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    38
    7
    2.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Subdued performance all-in-all with little effect going forwards. Was on the back foot the entire second half but put in a good shift and was never found wanting tracking back.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    58
    5
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Assured on the ball in the first half, playing a key part in Swansea's tactical frustration of the hosts, though the game passed him by entirely after the interval.

  • Itay Shechter
    34
    8
    3.00

    Itay Shechter

    Bright and lively in the first half, peeling off Mertesacker to give Arsenal's central-half pairing something to think about. Became increasingly isolated as the game drew on and was withdrawn after running himself into the ground.

Substitutions

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    29
    5
    3.00

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Provided the energy in the middle of the park that eventually swung the game his team's way.

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