Swansea 2 Arsenal 1: Player ratings as Jefferson Montero stars

Player ratings as Montero shined in their win against the Gunners

By Dipak Patel
Swansea
2
Arsenal
1

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski Did pretty well against his former club. Couldn’t do much about the opening goal but saved well from Welbeck and Cazorla. 6/10

Angel Rangel Not at his best and was subdued going forward. Conditions may have played a part but he has not been as consistent this season as he was last season. 5

Kyle Bartley Improving all the time but still needs to work on his game in a positional sense. Wasn’t helped by Rangel who left a huge gap in behind him for the opening goal. 6

Ashley Williams Had a reasonably good game but still makes too many rash challenges considering his experience. Earn’t himself a yellow after his kick caught Cazorla on the shins. 6

Neil Taylor Didn’t have his best game but that was mainly down to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who gave him the run around. Did support Montero when he could. 5

Ki Sung-yueng Controlled proceedings from the centre of the pitch and understands the game so well. Has a good range of passing, knows when to hold his position and gets forward to offer support. 7

Tom Carroll Formed a good partnership with the Korean as one of the deep-lying midfielders. Very tidy in possession but needs to work on his defensive game as he can be caught out. Booked. 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson Really poor game from the Icelandic international. Anonymous for most of the game but scored an outstanding free-kick which brought Swansea back into the game. 5

Marvin Emnes Couldn’t really influence the game as he would have liked. Was played clean through by Bony but could only hit his shot straight at the keeper. 5

Jefferson Montero (Man of the match) A truly brilliant performance as he gave Chambers a torrid time. Completed loads of successful dribbles and his direct running created numerous chances for his team-mates. Was finally rewarded with an assist as Gomis headed home his delicately chipped cross. 9

Wilfried Bony Not his best game. Failed to hold the ball up and was poor in front of goal. Had his chance to score but didn’t connect with the ball cleanly and it trickled harmlessly wide. 5

Substitutes

Madou Barrow A great impact on the game as his dribble down the centre of the pitch won his team a free-kick which led to the equaliser. 7

Bafetimbi Gomis Brilliant impact as within a few minutes of coming onto the pitch he headed home the winner. Everything that Bony was not as he held the ball up well and scored with his only chance. 7

Leon Britton n/a

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Couldn’t do much for either goal but should be more commanding of the penalty area than he currently is. That will come with more experience. 5

Calum Chambers He was a centre-halve playing as a full-back and it showed. Everything that you shouldn’t do defensively he did today and Montero will give him nightmares when he goes to sleep tonight. 3

Per Mertesacker His form continues to be a problem and the Arsenal defence was breached yet again as the Gunners failed to hold on to a lead. Had a chance to score but misjudged his header as it went harmlessly wide. 5

Nacho Monreal Another full-back playing out of position. Had a better game than Mertesacker but that wasn’t saying much. Failed to pressurise Gomis sufficiently for the winning goal. 5

Kieran Gibbs Has been Arsenal’s most consistent defender this season and it was another decent performance. Unlucky to be on the losing side. 7

Mathieu Flamini Limited technically and struggled to cope defensively as well today. In fairness to him, he was often pulled out wide to try and help Chambers but that resulted in him being booked for making a mistimed challenge. 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Outstanding performance from the England international. His driving run led to the opening goal and his positivity was the antithesis to this Arsenal performance. Such a joy to watch when he plays like this. 8

Aaron Ramsey Not quite happening for him this season. Seems to have forgotten the basics and tries to complicate things too much. Did hit a sumptuous volley just wide. 5

Alexis Sanchez Another good performance, but his well-taken goal counted for nothing as Arsenal’s defence frailties returned. One of the very few players to turn up for Arsenal today. 7

Santi Cazorla It was assumed that Cazorla would relish the opportunity with Ozil being out injured but it hasn’t really happened for him. Seems to have lost that turn of pace and drifted out of the game too often. 5

Danny Welbeck Tireless performance and did well to drag the defenders out wide with his clever runs. One of them led to the opening goal as he cut back inside to lay the ball on a plate for Sanchez to score. 6

Substitutes

Theo Walcott n/a

Jack Wilshere n/a

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