Arsenal player ratings v Swansea: Ox one of three to impress, Cazorla & Mertesacker woeful

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Only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez & Danny Welbeck could leave Wales with any pride. How Arsenal's players rated during their 2-1 loss at Swansea.

Wojciech Szczesny - 5/10

Many fans were asking for Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski back on Twitter after this game. Szczesny was static for both goals and didn't offer his defence much protection. Although that worked the other way too, of course.

Calum Chambers - 5/10

Blatantly should have played at centre-back instead of Nacho Monreal but was poor at right-back, getting booked yet again and being given an absolute runaround by Jefferson Montero.

Per Mertesacker - 4/10

This was another bad game for the German, who has actually looked worse since retiring from international football and excpetionally worse since Laurent Koscielny got injured. Without the Frenchman, Mertesacker's slow, cumbersome qualities are not only exposed but magnified.

Nacho Monreal - 4/10

Struggled at the back once again and it would be no surprise if Arsenal fans found out that the Spaniard is only continuing at centre-back simply because Arsene Wenger will never acknowledge his mistakes or change his mind.

Kieran Gibbs - 6/10

Not the Gunners' worst defender on the day by far, although he conceded the free-kick that led to the equaliser. That was the result of being left exposed by his team-mates, however.

Aaron Ramsey - 5/10

What has happened to the Welshman lately? Is it fitness? A lack of motivation due to Arsenal's perpetual struggles? Whatever it is, the 23-year-old is simply not on form.

Mathieu Flamini - 5/10

Too wild with his challenges and constantly out of position, is Flamini really the best Wenger can field in the middle?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 8/10

The first Arsenal player to really offer any sort of initiative, the young midfielder provided pace and energy as he often does.

Santi Cazorla - 4/10

Calls for the Spaniard to be dropped are overwhelming and another dire performance here did his cause no favours.

Alexis Sanchez - 7/10

The 25-year-old impressed yet again and who else to score Arsenal's goal but Sanchez? Today showed exactly what is wrong with the Gunners consistently relying on one player, however. Sanchez can't do it all himself.

Danny Welbeck - 6.5/10

In fairness to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welbeck, the pair did offer Sanchez support at Swansea - although they were in the minority. Welbeck got an assist and linked up well with his fellow forwards. Some fans are disappointed that he is not quite the clinical striker many quietly hoped he would be, though...

Substitutes

Jack Wilshere - 5/10

As always, Wenger was particularly reactive with his substitutions this afternoon and he left it until the 79th minute to make any changes at all. Wilshere, though, offered nothing. And his attitude is so, so poor when the chips are down.

Theo Walcott - 6/10

Wasn't really given too much time to change things after being brought on the same time as Wilshere. Walcott was not helped by his Arsenal team-mates constantly thumping long balls forward to him. He's not exactly a target man, is he?

Wenger also decided to bring Yaya Sanogo on in injury time, although no one is really sure why. Perhaps to show that he can do whatever he wants without repercussions?

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