How Arsenal's players rated during their 3-0 victory over Chelsea
Arsenal absolutely took Chelsea to the cleaners this evening, with Arsene Wenger’s men sending out a real message to the rest of the Premier League. The game finished 3-0, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil getting on the score sheet in an excellent game of football from first whistle to the last.
The hosts were by far the better team throughout ninety minutes of action, and more than deserved to go home with the London bragging rights this weekend. Chelsea just weren’t at it whatsoever, and at times you felt they looked kind of lost in terms of their positioning and play.
We’ve rated the performances of the Arsenal players below:
Petr Cech – 6
The goalkeeper didn’t really have an awful lot to do until late on when he made an excellent save to prevent Michy Batshuayi scoring, and keeping his well-deserved clean sheet.
Hector Bellerin – 7
What a player this man is turning into. Offensively he was brilliant and grabbed a super assist for Theo Walcott’s goal. His main job is to protect goals at the other end of the pitch though, and he made some outstanding tackles. 7
Laurent Koscielny – 7
A real leader. He commanded the area almost single-handedly, and although Diego Costa was right at it this afternoon, Koscielny kept him in check for the most part.
Skodran Mustafi – 7
Very solid. He is calm on the ball, dishes it out to his teammates well and does his defensive duties diligently. The German could be the centre-back that Arsenal have been crying out for over the last few years.
Nacho Monreal – 6
Kept Willian well and truly in check and didn’t give the Brazilian a sniff throughout. The Spaniard has become a real mainstay in that Arsenal back four now, and it’s great for them to have someone to rely upon.
Francis Coquelin – 6
Unfortunately he had to go off after suffering an apparent knee injury. When he was on the pitch, he controlled the game brilliantly and didn’t let Chelsea at the back four.
Santi Cazorla – 6
The perfect midfielder for an Arsene Wenger side. He has energy, picks a pass excellently and can do a bit of defending as well. Played well this evening, and got Arsenal moving in the right direction.
Alex Iwobi – 9
What a star. Iwobi absolutely ran the show at times. His passing and movement was a real privilege to watch at times. Man of the Match.
Mesut Özil – 8
Özil has had a quiet start to the season but today he was right at the races. His range of passing is absolutely incredible, and the link-up play between him and Sanchez for that third goal was nothing short of phenomenal.
Theo Walcott – 7
Has started this campaign nicely, and seems to have put those injuries behind him. Kept his head and finished coolly for Arsenal’s second goal, and was always a threat from that right-hand side.
Alexis Sanchez – 7
The man from Chile proven he has it in him to lead the line for Arsenal. His goal was a delicious chip to beat Thibaut Courtois and open the scoring, and remained positive throughout. Gave Chelsea’s back four a real torrid time.
Granit Xhaka – 6
Came on in place of the injured Coquelin. Bossed the game to the delight of the Arsenal fans. Couldn’t resist a shot late on when the crowd were willing him to shoot, but it went high and wide.
Kieran Gibbs – 6
The Englishman was brought on to shut the game out, and he did exactly that.
Olivier Giroud – 5
Still not able to force his way into contention for a starting role, Giroud had to be content with little more than the last ten minutes of action. Although in an admittedly short amount of time, he exhibited little that will give Wenger a selection headache.
Arsene Wenger – 8
The French coach got it tactically right, and deployed the correct players to go out there and win the game. His side played their part in that, but Wenger has to be praised for today.
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