Arsenal lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday. It was a tale of two halves in terms of performance, therefore these are ratings of two halves.
1st half – 2nd half
Wojciech Szczesny: 4/10 – 4/10 Unlucky with the penalty, perhaps could have closed down Mata quicker for the opener, had a scary Almunia moment in the 2nd half
Bacary Sagna: 1/10 – 5/10 – Hard to know what’s happened to one of our most consistent performers, but first half was terrible. Improved in the 2nd.
Per Mertesacker: 4/10 – 6/10 – Did nothing much wrong, good in the second half as we broke up Chelsea attacks quicker
Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10 – 7/10 Brilliant clearance to stop Ba scoring, some great tackles in the second period.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – 7/10 – Although Chelsea had some success down our left, he was one of our better players on the day, created some danger up the other end
Abou Diaby: 1/10 – 3/10 Terrible for Chelsea’s second, looks off the pace as fitness is still a problem, passing in the final third must be better
Francis Coquelin: 6/10 – 6/10 Arsenal’s best player in the first half, wasn’t found wanting, replaced because he picked up an injury
Santi Cazorla: 5/10 – 5/10 Stung Cech’s palms with a good effort in the first half, but it isn’t really happening for him at the moment
Jack Wilshere: 5/10 – 6/10 Struggled to get to into the game in the first half, like the rest of the team, drove on in the second but without much end product
Theo Walcott: 4/10 – 7/10 Needs to work on staying onside, a touch Adebayor at times, but the run and the finish for the goal were both excellent
Oliver Giroud: 2/10 – 6/10 Should have opened the scoring but fired wide. 60 seconds later Chelsea were ahead. Again, worked hard, but finding goals a bit hard to come by. Not his fault he’s our only striker though.
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Replaced Diaby, did fine.
Andrei Arshavin: 1/10 – Pointless change, would have prefered Santos on the left wing. A stark reminder of how weak the squad is that this guy, who has been finished at Arsenal for the best part of a year, is the only attacking option on the bench.
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