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

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Chelsea vs. Arsenal: Live Player Ratings for Blues and Gunners
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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
Player HT FT
Cech 7 8
Ivanovic 7 6
Cahill 7 7
Terry 7 7
Azpilicueta 8 9
Matic 8 8
Luiz 7 7
Schurrle 9 9
Oscar 8 9
Hazard 7 8
Eto'o 8 N/A

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Arsenal Player Ratings
Player HT FT
Szczesny 6 5
Sagna 5 4
Mertesacker 4 4
Koscielny 4 N/A
Gibbs 5 N/A
Arteta 4 3
Oxlade-Chamberlain 4 N/A
Rosicky 6 7
Cazorla 5 5
Podolski 5 N/A
Giroud 6 5

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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.

 

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