Arsenal made hard work of beating Swansea yesterday but, considering the Swans record at the Emirates, it was a welcome three points. Saed Kolasinac was again very impressive with a goal and an assist for Aaron Ramsey, but it was hardly a World Class performance from the Gunners ahead of next week’s tough trip to the Etihad to face the League leaders Man City….
So here are my ratings, let’s see if you agree with them…
Petr Cech 6
Cech does not seem to be at his best yet this season, but made a few important interceptions after his schoolboy errors contributed to Swansea’s opening goal…
Laurent Koscielny 6
Again, like Cech, it was not his best game. He seemed nervous when failing to stop Sam Clucas and he also missed a perfect opportunity at the other end.
Per Mertesacker 6
Still worryingly slow at times, and all in all an unimpressive week for our ageing defenders…
Nacho Monreal 6.5
The Spaniard seems be our most consistent defender recently, and can be effective at the back and going forward as well….
Hector Bellerin 6
Glimpses of his old form, but again is nowhere near as creative as in previous seasons. Is his head already in Barcelona?
Granit Xhaka 5.5
Xhaka had the ultimate game of two halves. Rubbish in the first but much improved in the second. Why are so many of our players struggling with consistency?.
Aaron Ramsey 7
He improved as the game went on, like most of the team, but as he got the winning goal he deserves an extra point.
Sead Kolasinac 8
Far and away MOTM with the power and desire that we want to see from all of our players. Fast replacing Sanchez as our driving force.
Mesut Ozil 6
After last week’s masterclass against Everton, Ozil seemed like a shadow again. Inconsistency is forever a problem with the German.
Alexis Sanchez 6
Seemed to be trying hard at the beginning but with little service from his strike partners he seemed to be running around with no end-product to show for it. One great shot but was denied by Fabianski.
Alexandre Lacazette 5
Didn’t get much service, but didn’t seem to be chasing the ball either. Very poor showing from all our supposedly super strike force.