There were two names in the Swans starting XI to face Arsenal that I did not agree with: Gary Monk and Pablo Hernandez. The latter in particular, as the winger had delivered poor performances against both Newcastle and West Brom.
From his first touch today, the Spaniard continued in the same manner with the majority of attacks breaking down due to his first touch or failure to find a teammate.
Following a disappointing first half in which we could have found ourselves trailing, the Swans came out a different side after the interval and there was a clear momentum switch. However this did not last for long as Laudrup's decision to withdraw Ki and introduce Routledge changed the game. Though I agree with the decision to bring Routledge on, I can not fathom why he replaced Ki, who had been, in my opinion, Swansea's best midfielder.
The substitution made little impact to our offensive contributions as we were still hampered by Hernandez' presense. The winger, who signed for a record fee in the summer is still yet to prove his worth in the side and I hope to see Routledge and Dyer in the Swansea side to face Spurs. The result was one that Arsenal thoroughly deserved and we can have no complaints.
If Chico is not fit to face Tottenham in a fortnight, Bartley must start alongside Williams at centre-back as Gary Monk was too often caught without the pace to keep up with play and unnecessarily put other teammates under pressure by not dealing with defensive issues himself.