Chelsea vs. Arsenal: Live Player Ratings for Blues and Gunners

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2014

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, left is tackled by Chelsea's Ramires during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates stadium in London, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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The Premier League title race is drawing to a close now with four teams still involved, and the two from London faced each other on Saturday as Arsenal travelled to Chelsea.

Chelsea had already sealed the points inside a quarter of an hour—early goals from Eto'o and Schurrle gave them a commanding lead, before a crazy incident saw Gibbs sent-off and Hazard score the resulting penalty. Oscar then scored another for a 4-0 lead at the break.

Oscar scored again and Mo Salah made it 6-0 before the end for a miserable 1,000th match for Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Cech78
Ivanovic76
Cahill77
Terry77
Azpilicueta89
Matic88
Luiz77
Schurrle99
Oscar89
Hazard78
Eto'o8N/A
b/r
Arsenal Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Szczesny65
Sagna54
Mertesacker44
Koscielny4N/A
Gibbs5N/A
Arteta43
Oxlade-Chamberlain4N/A
Rosicky67
Cazorla55
Podolski5N/A
Giroud65
b/r

 

Quick first-half analysis

CHELSEA—

Cech: Has made two routine saves and one excellent one—at 0-0. Vital.

Ivanovic: So much space to run into down the right, yet is actually only supporting from deep.

Cahill: Not sure he's had to do anything yet.

Terry: Let Giroud escape once, but solid otherwise.

Azpilicueta: A great outlet down the left. Playing very well again.

Luiz: Rampaging forward often, winning the ball well.

Matic: Playing with his customary grace and reliability.

Schurrle: Perhaps the best on the park so far. Scored and set-up the early goals, fantastic on the transitions.

Oscar: Knitting moves together by dropping into massive gaps Arsenal are leaving.

Hazard: Not as involved as you might expect, yet still a threat.

Eto'o: Played for seven minutes—possibly his best seven of the season. A goal and a great decoy run.

 

ARSENAL—

Szczesny: Has made one brilliant save, unable to do anything about the goals.

Sagna: Anonymous.

Mertesacker: Utterly unable to cope.

Koscielny: Sloppy on the ball early on and has only gotten worse.

Gibbs: Sent-off for having the audacity to be on the pitch with Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arteta: Poor, overrun, unsupported.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Perhaps feeling guilty about his hand-ball, but his ball retention has been even worse. Poor decision making so far.

Rosicky: Sparked briefly into life a few times.

Cazorla: Hasn't had enough of the ball.

Podolski: Subbed early on after the red card.

Giroud: Could have scored early on for 1-0, has barely touched the ball since.

 

Quick second half analysis

CHELSEA—

Cech: Made two good saves.

Ivanovic: Not his best game actually, a little loose in possession.

Cahill: Didn't have much to do, defended stoutly at times.

Terry: Untroubled, except when players ran at him.

Azpilicueta: Excellent at both ends. A top performer.

Matic: Assured, strong, controlled. Great signing.

Luiz: Was afforded space to play in and broke forward plenty of times.

Schurrle: Best on the pitch, a constant outlet and had good end product.

Oscar: Used the space very well and pressed Arsenal back off the ball.

Hazard: Didn't have too much impact in the penalty area but was always a threat running at goal.

Torres: Worked hard, ran the channels, couldn't score a goal.

 

ARSENAL—

Szczesny: Was soundly beaten each time except the fifth goal, which he should have done far better with.

Sagna: Switched to left-back and had a 'mare after the break.

Koscielny: Subbed at the break, he was so poor.

Mertesacker: Couldn't cope at all with the movement and lack of protection.

Vermaelen: Better centrally than Koscielny, but still couldn't stop the flood of attacks.

Arteta: The stats say he played 90 minutes. The game says he didn't actually 'play' at all.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Subbed at the break, naive performance.

Rosicky: Arsenal's best by some distance. Ran and tried and worked right up to the final whistle.

Cazorla: Went missing, had no impact.

Giroud: A lot of pointless running. Little support.