Rating the Chelsea Players Against Arsenal

Dan Renfro@danrenfroCorrespondent IIIOctober 1, 2012

Rating the Chelsea Players Against Arsenal

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    In their first real test of the Premier League season, Chelsea secured three points in a victory over Arsenal.

    The Blues took an early lead, retook it in the second half and defended well to finish off an impressive victory. It wasn't a comprehensive win, but it was certainly deserved.

    Arsenal could have equalized late on, but Chelsea stood tall in the back and held on to take three vital points at the Emirates.

GK: Petr Cech, 6.5

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    Petr Cech put in another solid performance on Saturday.

    He didn't notch a clean sheet, but he was still good enough to secure the victory. He made a couple of point-blank saves, but he wasn't called upon much more than that.

    Cech is still in good form, and Chelsea desperately need him to continue that.

LB: Ashley Cole, 7.0

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    Against his old team, Ashley Cole was sharp.

    He had five successful tackles, a few interceptions and was tough on the outside, which Chelsea needed against such a quick team.

    This season, Cole's form has been great and his consistency is world-class. The Blues must work out a contract with him without giving him an especially long deal.

CB: John Terry, 7.0

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    Despite all the off-field drama, John Terry looked good against Arsenal.

    He kept the defense organized, and the line held well for most of the match. Speed isn't his niche, but Terry continues to find ways to get it done. He didn't mark Gervinho very well, which led to the equalizer, but Terry rebounded.

    Until his suspension begins, Terry will ensure that Chelsea's defense is disciplined and organized.

CB: David Luiz, 6.5

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    David Luiz works well with John Terry.

    Their styles complement each other well, and if Luiz plays well, good things usually happen. He was tough in the middle on Saturday, and he made it difficult for Arsenal to slip it through the center.

    It wasn't a great performance, but Luiz certainly played a part in the victory.

RB: Branislav Ivanovic, 7.0

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    Branislav Ivanovic was good on Saturday.

    At some point, Cesar Azpilicueta will need to play, but Ivanovic is making the timing of that decision more and more difficult.

    He's improved his attacking ability, but it's his aerial defense that makes the difference. His strength and positioning make him an exceptional player in the air.

    It was another good performance from the in-form full-back.

CDM: Ramires, 7.5

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    Ramires was sharp against Arsenal.

    He was all over the pitch, hounding the Gunners midfielders for all 90 minutes. With his good touch and proven quickness, Ramires is a valuable piece in the Chelsea midfield.

    With Oriol Romeu ready to play, Ramires must maintain this form or he might lose his starting job.

CDM: John Obi Mikel, 7.0

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    John Obi Mikel was very important at the Emirates.

    His physical presence was essential in beating the Gunners. He tackled strong, and his aggressiveness in the air was even more impressive.

    His passing could have been a little quicker, but given his defensive contributions, minor issues can slide.

    It was a sound, impressive performance from Mikel. As with Ramires, it was an important game for him with Oriol Romeu lurking.

LAM: Eden Hazard, 7.0

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    Eden Hazard returned to form on Saturday—sort of.

    After a tough match against Stoke City last weekend, the Belgian looked sharp at the Emirates. He had among the most touches on the team at 70, which is important, as it's key to keep him involved.

    If Chelsea want to win trophies this year, Hazard must play a big role. Right now, he just isn't quite ready.

CAM: Oscar, 6.5

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    Oscar completed 92 percent of his passes in the attacking midfield position.

    That's absurd.

    When Oscar has the ball, Chelsea know that they're going to retain possession. He doesn't make dumb decisions, and he's extremely skilful.

    The Blues obviously have a stud for the future. However, if he can continue to contribute like this already, he will go down as an even more phenomenal purchase.

RAM: Juan Mata, 8.5

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    Juan Mata was the Man of the Match against Arsenal.

    He set up Fernando Torres to a score a goal, and then scored the winner from a free kick. The final goal was soft, but it was still enough to get three points away from home. Moreover, his slick assist makes it all even. Additionally, the Spaniard completed 92 percent of his passes, which was as good as Oscar.

    If Mata plays that well on a consistent basis, Chelsea will be incredibly tough to beat. His creativity, coolness and foot skills make him one of the most dangerous attackers in the world, and he made it happen against Arsenal. 

ST: Fernando Torres, 8.0

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    Fernando Torres netted another goal.

    Despite all the hate he receives, Torres is the leading scorer for a team at the top of the table in 2012. He's doing just fine for himself. His goal was a nice finish that was a result of poor marking.

    If El Nino can capitalize on chances like that, Chelsea will continue winning and be incredibly tough to beat.


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    Victor Moses, 6.0

    Moses was brought on in the 73rd minute to get some more size and width on the pitch.

    He came on for Oscar at a very good time and did his part. There wasn't anything special about Moses' performance, but it was very solid.


    Gary Cahill, 6.0

    With David Luiz already on a yellow card, Roberto Di Matteo wanted a fresh defender to close out the game.

    Cahill came in with about 10 minutes left and did his job. There were a few scares as time wound down, but the defense held on just long enough.


    Ryan Bertrand, N/A

    He came on in the 85th minute to give Juan Mata a little breather and shore up the defense. Given his short time on the pitch, he didn't do much of anything to affect the scoreline.