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Arsenal suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to a committed and efficient Swansea City on Saturday as the Swans main man Miguel Michu notched up a brace to seal, what could be a vital 3 points in the context of the league standings. After having been outplayed for most of a goal-less first half, Arsenal looked a dominant force for large periods of the second half before Swansea broke through against the run of play, capitalizing on two defensive errors to earn themselves a rare win at the Emirates.
It was defensive mishaps from Carl Jenkinson and some poor football from Arsenal in their own half that gave the relentless Spaniard Michu 2 simple chances that he converted with ease and composure. The win takes Swansea to a commendable to 7th place while a loss at home for Arsenal drops them to an abysmal 10th place in the standings after 15 games, their worst start to a season under Arsene Wenger. (Click here for the Match Report)
1.Wojicech Szczesny: 7/10
Despite conceding a couple of goals the Arsenal goalie was the best player on the pitch for Arsenal making some crucial saves to keep arsenal in the game till the final 10 minutes.
2. C Jenkinson: 4/10
The right back was poor in possession and gave the ball away for the second goal. His crossing in the first half was good though, as he provided the only real outlet for Arsenal in a poor first period of play.
3. P Mertesacker: 5/10
The big German had an average game. He was caught out of position for the first goal as he failed to track Michu's run or close down Moore in possession.
4. T Vermaelen : 7/10
The Arsenal skipper had a good game, leading from the front and getting his team out of trouble on a number of occasions.
5. K Gibbs : 5/10
Had no great influence on the game at left back couldn't make his runs on the flank count with meaningful crosses.
6. M Arteta : 4/10
The Spaniard had a poor game overall with no incision in his passing, he looked very jaded.
7. J Wilshere : 6/10
The England international had a very lively second half and looked to run at the Swansea defense but sadly couldn't make the final pass.
8. S Cazorla : 6/10
The Spaniard had a decent influence on the Arsenal attacks for most of the second half and worked his socks off for the entire 90 minutes again.
9. T Walcott: 5/10
The Arsenal winger worked hard to win the ball back for the Gunners, but was terrible on corner duty, never really finding anyone in a red shirt in the box with his delivery.
10. Gervinho: 4/10
Gervinho wasn't any threat up front on the day, unable to penetrate the Swansea defence.
11. L Podolski: 3/10
The German's return from illness wasn't a great one as he struggled to keep pace with the game was substituted after the hour mark
On for Gervinho, Chamberlain had no palpable impact on the game
O Giroud: 3/10
He too having come on for Podolski but didn't get any service and hence wasn't effective in the final third for Arsenal
T Rosicky: 3/10
Rosicky's return from a long injury lay off was not one to remember for the hosts as he couldn't make things happen having come on for Wilshere.
1. G Tremmel: 6/10
Deputising for Vorm, Tremmel had hardly any saves of note to make
2. A Rangel: 7/10
The fullback made intelligent runs on the flanks and got himself in two really good goal scoring positions. His finishing though was not up to the mark, continuously trying to beat Szczesny at his near post.
3. Chico: 7/10
He was the best defender on the park for the visitors making several key interceptions, blocks and tackles.
4. A Williams: 6/10
The Swansea captain had a solid game at the back with no mishaps
5. Ben Davies: 6/10
Although he didn't give much on the attacking front to Swansea, Davies defended with intent and kept Walcott quiet all game.
6. L Britton: 6/10
The former Arsenal youth product was highly influential making interceptions and key passes in the first half before dropping pace in the second.
7. N Dyer: 7/10
The pacey winger had a lively game and played a key part in the second goal.
8. S.Y. Ki: 6/10
Similar to Britton, Ki had an excellent first half and looked a bit jaded in the second but held his position quite well in the holding midfield role.
9. J De Guzman: 5/10
The talented Dutchman looked lively on his return to first team but didn't pose a significant threat
10. I Shechter: 6/10
Having started for the injured Pablo Hernandez, Shechter tried hard but wasn't very effective.
11. M Michu: 8/10
After a quiet start to the game Michu came to life in the final quarter of the contest and produced two composed finishes when the chances arrived to prove his killer instinct once again and earn his side an invaluable victory
Luke Moore: 7/10
Swansea's subs were a lot more influential than Arsenal. Moore provided the assist for the first goal that broke the deadlock
D Tiandelli: 6/10
He too had a significant say in the a brief 15 minute stay and livened up the Swansea attacks with pace on the right wing.
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