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.

Subs

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  Hopefully, Xhaka’s red card will be rescinded as it is crucial to have as many options as possible.   



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0 #8 Patrick Tusiime 2016-10-17 06:11
Nice game. Gibbs should have come on earlier to help Monreal in taming Barrow. I would say Xhaka's tackle in some way disabled Barrow who eventually was subbed. More positive is that Walcott gets into the right positions where the balls are passed and needs to be more accurate with his last touch. The Sanchez, Ozil, Carzola and Walcott will result to many more goals.
0 #7 Macgooner56 2016-10-16 15:59
Yes it was a good three points in the end, but,even though Walcott got two goals he showed why he is just not good enough for us, the cross after Ozils free kick,the misses that were embarrassing there has to be a player out there who can run fast,and beat a man,cross a ball,not fall down and stay down with a broken eyelash, in games when we need a winning goal this little fairy will let us down,ten years and counting,
0 #6 Balaji Ramakrishnan 2016-10-16 15:07
Ox was superb in the time he was on the pitch and setup Walcott as well----Definitely above 8 for me
0 #5 anthony chejieh 2016-10-16 13:57
Nice game, Good result. 3 points is the main thing to be considered, not really the performance.
Up Gunners
+1 #4 gg1167 2016-10-16 13:14
Beginning to see an Arsenal side that potentially could go all the way - I would like us to be able to exploit the pace of Sanchez & Walcott a little more to really put teams on the back foot. Next few games crucial as they are games we are expected to win - including that over-rated scum on 6/11
-1 #3 Dagamra Nicholas 2016-10-16 04:27
These are the types of games where you go all the way to have good results whatever it takes. Important three points and pressuring the pacesetters.
Should assume league leadership come next weekend. Congrats Gunners, you are now a force to watch. Keep the pace boys....
+2 #2 Nqo 2016-10-15 19:54
Chamberlain no impact?? How about keeping the right wing safe. And setting up The twice for a hatrick and Theo hit the bar.. All subs made good impact.
0 #1 Amsibeto 2016-10-15 18:27
Not a bad game, an unlucky day for Xhaka. Overall, it was a nive game by the gunners