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2 vs 2
Played
January 6, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 18848‎
 
58′ Michu
87′ Danny Graham
Kieran Gibbs 83′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 2-2 Arsenal

A madcap second half sees Michu, Lukas Podolski, Kieron Gibbs and Danny Graham all find the net to ensure these two sides will do battle again at the Emirates Stadium

By Liam Twomey

  • Michel Vorm
    33
    4
    2.50

    Michel Vorm

    Made a good stop to deny Giroud after the break, and stood little chance with either of Arsenal's goals.

  • Ben Davies
    19
    5
    3.00

    Ben Davies

    Not tested by Walcott as much as you might expect, with the England international often drifting in off the flank in search of his central striking dream. Got forward well, too.

  • Chico
    20
    5
    3.00

    Chico

    His tendency to dive into challenges was worrying at times, but he was solid enough.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    21
    9
    3.00

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Had the better of Ramsey at both ends of the pitch all afternoon, and was never really exposed one-on-one.

  • Kyle Bartley
    39
    5
    3.50

    Kyle Bartley

    More composed than centre-back partner Chico, he was rarely beaten in the air or on the floor.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    11
    14
    2.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Not his most effective performance, but did showcase some nice passing.

  • Leon Britton
    16
    7
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Played the sensible pass with assurance and unerring accuracy, keeping his side ticking over in possession nicely.

  • Nathan Dyer
    14
    11
    2.50

    Nathan Dyer

    Caused Gibbs a few problems with his pace and trickery but, like De Guzman, he has had better afternoons.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    40
    6
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Complemented Britton nicely in the Swansea midfield with a wonderful range of passing, only slightly marred by some clumsy tackling.

  • Wayne Routledge
    9
    9
    2.50

    Wayne Routledge

    Linked up well with Dyer, De Guzman and Graham without ever really threatening to make the decisive breakthrough himself.

  • Danny Graham
    41
    12
    3.50

    Danny Graham Top of the Match

    Led the line superbly with very little service, and forced a decent reflex stop from Szczesny before the interval. Fired emphatically into the roof of the net to earn his side a replay.

Substitutions

  • Kemy Agustien
    13
    10
    2.50

    Kemy Agustien

    Came on with just over 20 minutes left as Britton tired.

  • Michu
    73
    8
    3.50

    Michu

    Brought on to make a difference and did just that, lofting the ball superbly over Mertesacker - no mean feat in itself - before slotting calmly beyond Szczesny.

  • Pablo Hernández
    19
    16
    2.50

    Pablo Hernández

    Replaced Routledge with just over half an hour left, and brought fresh legs to the Swansea attack without accomplishing anything of great significance.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    64
    21
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Rarely tested, but could do little about Michu's clinical second-half finish or Graham's net-rippler.

  • Bacary Sagna
    31
    84
    2.00

    Bacary Sagna

    A really poor showing. His passing, tackling, positioning and decision-making were all below par, and he is still to regain his best form after his injury problems.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    140
    17
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Got forward well and persistently and, although his crossing was often poor, he took his goal brilliantly.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    88
    23
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Did reasonably well up against Graham and later Michu, but was let down by his partner Mertesacker.

  • Per Mertesacker
    42
    98
    1.50

    Per Mertesacker Flop of the Match

    Caught dreadfully flat-footed by Michu, he responded by falling to the floor in three hilarious stages as the Spaniard raced beyond him and slotted in Swansea's opener.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    36
    119
    2.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Played out of position on the left, he was all effort but no substance. His passing was wayward and he had real trouble whenever he tried to take on Tiendalli.

  • Mikel Arteta
    61
    51
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Conducted proceedings intelligently from the base of midfield, but offered little protection to Mertesacker in the build-up to Michu's goal.

  • Santi Cazorla
    59
    58
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    As neat and tidy in possession as ever, his finishing and general decision-making in the final third was well below his usual standards.

  • Jack Wilshere
    133
    19
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    It didn't seem to be his day but he never gave up, endlessly probing with the ball and providing the driving force in Arsenal's stirring comeback.

  • Olivier Giroud
    70
    71
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Looked clumsier than usual and missed a couple of very decent chances.

  • Theo Walcott
    51
    71
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Deployed to the right of his beloved central striking position, he rarely troubled Davies and failed to get himself into enough shooting positions.

Substitutions

  • Lukas Podolski
    178
    11
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Replaced Ramsey with just under 20 minutes to go and got the goal which sparked his team back into life.

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