Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal – player ratings (two half special)

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal – player ratings (two half special)

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 half2nd half

Wojciech Szczesny: 4/104/10 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:  1/105/10 – Hard to know what’s happened to one of our most consistent performers, but first half was terrible. Improved in the 2nd.

Per Mertesacker: 4/106/10 – Did nothing much wrong, good in the second half as we broke up Chelsea attacks quicker

Thomas Vermaelen: 6/107/10 Brilliant clearance to stop Ba scoring, some great tackles in the second period.

Kieran Gibbs: 6/107/10 – 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: 1/103/10 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: 6/106/10 Arsenal’s best player in the first half, wasn’t found wanting, replaced because he picked up an injury

Santi Cazorla: 5/105/10 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: 5/106/10 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: 4/107/10 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: 2/106/10 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.

Subs

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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