A great win that enabled us to level with MC and surpass the Spuddies in just two games. The Swans gave us a tough second half, much helped by the harsh sending off of Xhaka, but the boys showed great resilience to hold on.
The defence did not look good with both Mustafi and Monreal our weakest points and guilty for many a chance we gave away. The KosMus partnership is not as solid as first thought but of course this can be fixed. Nacho was skinned time and again but was also not much helped by his DM partners. Stevie has some work to do with our back four.
But in attack Arsenal were breathtaking. The Swans defence was taking apart time and again by four dimensional football in which creators and finishers metamorphosed continuously and space to score goals was found with great ease. Three goals to the good guys is what gave us the points yesterday and long may our clockwork red and white scoring machine continue.
Cech: 8. Presence in goal. Our President between the sticks turns opponents’ legs to jelly and heads in a spin.
Nacho: 5. A game to forget. Pulled all over the place and left team very vulnerable.
Koz: 9. The King was on fire once again. He spared the blushes of his nearest defensive colleagues time and again.
Mustafi: 6. Needed to defend tighter to Koz especially after Nacho got skinned from our left a few times.
Bellerin: 8. Another solid game and an asset both in defence and attack.
Cazorla: 6. His defensive limitations showed once more but still supports our attack well.
Xhaka: 5. Perhaps tired from the international games but not a good performance. Gave ball away for first goal by Swans and attempt to get a card for the team backfired, however harshly it was. There is so much class in Granit that I can assure you he will bounce back.
Das Ozil, birthday boy: 9. Sublime, Bergkampesque goal. Lovely movement and maximisation of space and time with the ball caressing his feet like a devoted puppy.
Iwobi: 7.5. Team player with bags of class and overview, but Nacho was left a bit too unprotected at times.
Alexis: 9. Team player who beats the drum in attack for us. Lovely assist for Ozil’s sky rocket in the roof of the net. Just for all the dirty work alone you got to love him.
Theo: 9.9. In the right place at the right time time and again. Scored first two, crucial goals and was close to scoring three more. ‘Only’ two went in but to focus on that is not having a clue what attacking football is about. This system suits him so well.