Yesterday’s game had everything: excitement, drama and sex, yes sex, the third goal from Mesut was sex. One of the best games, excitement wise, I have seen at THOF in a while.
Here are some player ratings……….
Cech: will you stop hoofing the ball up field, almost always we lose possession, just roll it out, simples. 6
Bellerin: Hector can do no wrong. 8
Mustafi: Everyone’s favourite new player looks more and more like a bargain after every game he plays. 8
Koscielny: Captain Fantastic. 8
Monreal: OK, but got roasted a few too many times in the second half and was responsible for Swansea’s second goal. 5
Xhaka: did start off quietly commanding but he gave the ball away badly for Swansea’s first goal and it should be noted that that is the second time that he has done that. The red card should have been a yellow, just rugby tackle him if you want to make sure the player doesn’t go any further. 5
Cazorla: passing was a bit off today, not the best game but with his smile how can you not love him. 6
Ozil: this man is getting near to being the best player we have ever had, his winner was worthy of the great Dutchman himself; one of the great Arsenal goals of all time. 9
Iwobi: it is impressive that someone so young can hold his own in the ball control stakes with Ozil and Sanchez, in many ways he looks more comfortable playing with those two than Walcott does but the hyperbole has advanced quicker than the reality of where Alex is in his career. I am not suggesting that there isn’t an awful lot more to come from the player but right now Welbeck would and should walk straight back into that team. With maturity you get a confident selfishness as a striker, a determination and a self belief that you can always score. Welbeck has this Iwobi hasn’t — yet. 5
Sanchez: passing astray, trying too hard and then he crosses the ball for Ozil to score our third with such accuracy I wonder why I even bother thinking about a negative side at all. 7
Walcott: New Theo and Old Theo were on display today, New Theo scored two vital goals, Old Theo missed two sitters. 7
Good subs by the way, the Ox was impressive.
Written by LB