Arsenal win their sixth game in a row and move level on points with Manchester City with just a goal separating the teams. It should have been much more comfortable than it was but three points are all what matter. Walcott scored a brace with Ӧzil scoring the third however, life was made harder when Xhaka saw a straight red.
Cech – 6 – Should have done better with Swansea’s first goal but the rest of his saves were fairly comfortable.
Bellerin – 7 – Good going forward and played well defensively.
Mustafi – 6 –Reasonably solid but the defence did look shaky. However, Mustafi continues to impress.
Koscielny – 6 – Fairly solid and made tackles when he needed too.
Monreal – 5 – Bad day at the office and Barrow ran him ragged all afternoon.
Xhaka – 5 – Xhaka had his worst game in an Arsenal shirt. Firstly, was at fault for the first Swansea goal and then saw a straight red for a cynical foul. However, the red card was harsh and will probably be appealed.
Cazorla – 6 – Kept the ball nicely in the midfield.
Walcott – 9 – Walcott was excellent throughout the afternoon and probably should have scored a hat trick. Both finishes were nice and tidy.
Ӧzil – 8 – Scored a wonderful volley and look a threat all afternoon.
Iwobi – 8 –Iwobi continues to impress with his movement and ability on the ball.
Sanchez – 8 – Sanchez was excellent all afternoon and produced a wonderful assist for the Ӧzil goal.
Coquelin – 7 – Made an impact when coming on and will be crucial over the coming weeks.
Gibbs – 6 – Brought on to offer protection for Monreal and did a job.
Oxlade – Chamberlain – 6 – Didn’t really make an impact.
Overall, another three points and Walcott continued his rich vein of form. Next week Arsenal play Middlesbrough which will hopefully mean another win. Hopefully, Xhaka’s red card will be rescinded as it is crucial to have as many options as possible.