Deflected Glory Iwobi MotM? Player Ratings v Swans
By Matty Sadler
January 14 2017
If only we started every game like we started that second half...
We went in at half time 1-0 up after a dire first half, but we improved immensely in the second half, dominated and went 3-0 up after two very kind deflections, before Alexis wrapped things up to make it 4-0.
A routine win against an awful Swansea side. Our first ever double over Swansea in the Premier League.
I'm very disappointed with Alexis though. Yes, I get it, he loves football and wants to play every minute, week in, week out, but that was a pathetic reaction to being substituted. I'm embarrassed for him. He needs to get real.
Cech - 6. Made a couple of comfortable saves in both halves.
Gabriel - 7. Another decent performance at right back. Mustafi - 7. Solid defensively and did well playing out from the back. Koscielny - 7. Solid bar one really awful back header in the first half. Monreal - 7. Took a kicking in the first half but a good performance. Good going forward.
Xhaka - 7. Slow start but bossed the midfield afterwards. Ramsey - 7. Again, a slow start, but produced a very good box-to-box performance in the end, particularly in the second half. Involved in three of the goals.
Iwobi - 8. Quiet first half, but superb in the second half. Involved in the first and fourth goals, and had a shot and a cross deflected in for the second and third goals. Ozil - 7. Quiet first half, but did well in the build up to the first goal. More involved in the second half. Alexis - 7. Not great in the first half but played a part in the first goal. Much improved in the second half where he looked livelier, though some of his decision making left a lot to be desired. Scored before throwing a wobbly when he was substituted.
Giroud - 7. Scored the opener and won most of his headers.
Oxlade-Chamberlain - 6. Some good runs. Lucas - 5. Didn't get into the game. Welbeck - 6. Decent on the ball.
If u don't shoot, u are most likely not going to score. Own goal or not, pretty or not, they all count. Players should just disregard Wenger and shoot when they get a chance. But not the Giroud type of shot from 40m out caused by a rush of blood to the head - those actions should be condemn.
Nobody is complaining, I love deflected goals, they were corkers.
Iwobi had a good match
- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.
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