Petr Cech: 4
The best player on the pitch for the Gunners, who rescued them from many a perilous situations. The saves on Willian and Costa saved Arsenal an early first half KO.
Nacho Monreal: 2.5
Mediocre on the ball and didn’t contribute to the attack as much as his bursting forays on to the wing warranted.
Laurent Koscielny: 2
Was beaten in play by Chelsea often, including in the build-up to the Costa goal where he was seemingly marking a player of his own team.
Per Mertesacker: 0.5
A game which deserved a zero for the German but he escapes with a 0.5 simply because he was solid in the time he actually played. Horrible positioning, horrible covering, horrible recovery, horrible tackle. Straight red is what he deserved.
Hector Bellerin: 2.5
Was generally loose in his passing, left his flank open too often and was saved by trouble from Gabriel more often than not. Even was caught on the ball by Hazard, which is especially poor considering they were reduced to 10 men.
Mathieu Flamini: 2
The unluckiest player on the pitch because he received Arsenal’s best chances on a plate. If only he was a tad bit better on the ball, he would be an instant Gunners legend. In the quest to strike back, left his position often and was backed up well by Koscielny in such scenarios.
Aaron Ramsey: 3
Aggressive play from the Welshman was not rewarded with either a goal or an assist. Did make generally decent passes but dwelled on the ball too long for Wenger’s liking, who was making his frustration clear every time the player resorted to pettiness.
Theo Walcott: 3
Was the only tangible threat to Chelsea as they had to be vigilant to cope with his threat. Zouma dealt with the Englishman very well but Ivanovic left his centre back hung out to dry more often than not.
Mesut Ozil: 1.5
Completely anonymous. The German was kept in shackles by the Matic and Mikel pairing and should have been substituted off by Wenger as soon as Arsenal went into the tunnel for half time.
Joel Campbell: 2
Carved out a decent opportunity early on but failed to trouble Azpilicueta at all later on and was hence substituted.
Olivier Giroud: 2.5
Was lively when he was on the pitch, unlucky to be substituted because of the sending off. Did manage to unsettle a nervy Chelsea backline a couple of times.
Alexis Sanchez: 3
Managed to play out from multiple covering Chelsea players who were using the numerical advantage to shackle him along the lines of Ozil. The chances he created merited better outcomes than what actually transpired.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 2
The player who famously hasn’t scored or assisted in the league in all of 2015, continued that into this match and managed to fluff a glorious chance with a rash swing of the boot.
Came on to effectively replace Mertesacker and managed to concede in less than a minute. Was better at dealing with Costa later on and did make a few important interceptions.
Thibaut Courtois: 3
Was untroubled by Arsenal throughout the match and hence was confident in coming out of the goalmouth and managed to disrupt multiple attacks from the Gunners.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 3
Was not the usual dominant self as he stayed closer to Terry to shield the spaces in-between. Had comfortable stretches along the match where almost no one was able to beat him, including Bellerin with his pace. Did get compact later on which resulted in a wasted chance from Chamberlain.
John Terry: 3.5
Was tasked with handling Giroud and then Walcott. Both of them tried to target the area between Ivanovic and Zouma instead. This made Terry’s night comfortable as he simply had to boot out the balls that did manage to reach him.
Kurt Zouma: 4
Cannot be outmuscled or outpaced. Managed to keep Walcott as well as Chamberlain quiet all match. Was hung out to dry by Ivanovic often but managed to weed out the danger with impressive blocks.
Branislav Ivanovic: 3.5
A mediocre night in defence was accentuated by the sublime cross to Diego Costa. Stayed a little deeper than he usually does and managed to get himself in trouble with Walcott a couple of times.
Nemanja Matic: 3
Was decent on the ball and later doubled up on Ozil with Mikel to take him out of the game after the sending off.
Cesc Fabregas: 4.5
A virtuoso performance from the ex-Arsenal captain who led the Chelsea juggernaut. Managed to land a couple of tackles as well as inch perfect through balls. A complete performance from the Chelsea man.
Helped in linking up the play and his central straying made for a very compact Chelsea play which was rewarded due to Arsenal’s impotence on the wings.
Should’ve had a couple of goals but fluffed both the chances. Did contribute greatly to the defence, otherwise which, Chelsea would’ve definitely conceded a couple of goals.
Diego Costa: 4.5
The most in-form striker in the Premier League was at it again as he broke through the Arsenal defence at will and irritated non Chelsea fans all over the world with tremendous holding up play and work rate.
Loic Remy: 3
Was given a few minutes to protect Costa and managed to carve out a couple of decent chances, only to be failed by a stray touch or a poor shot.
Eden Hazard: 3
A great cameo from the Belgian who came on as a liability defensively against a resurgent Arsenal side and managed to play very well in that same area as he outmuscled Bellerin and Ozil multiple times, along with a couple of great dribbles once he started running with the ball.
Chelsea took a huge step towards the title after drawing 0-0 at Arsenal. The Gunners escaped a definite penalty when Ospina clearly fouled Oscar as the referee waved it off. From then on It was a case of defence vs attack, as Chelsea sat back while Arsenal attacked on the night.
With neither side doing much to threathen the opposition goal, the match finished 0-0. Let us look at how the player ratings –
David Ospina – 5/10
He was very lucky to not being sent off nor conceding a penalty when he deliberately fouled Oscar in the box. He otherwise did well when called upon.
Hector Bellerin – 6/10
He was lucky not to give an early penalty. He however surged forward regularly to support his attackers. But, he was caught out of position a few times.
Per Mertesacker – 6.5/10
A solid performance from the centreback against the league leaders. He defended decently and cleared anything that was put at him. His distribution however let him down.
Laurent Koscielny – 6/10
He formed good partnership with Mertesacker and defended wel, however his positioning at times was questionable, especially during Oscar’s controversial penalty claim.
Nacho Monreal – 7/10
He did well defensively to limit Chelsea’s attack on his flank and also went forward regularly. He put in some dangerous crooses to threaten Chelsea’s rearguard.
Santi Cazorla – 6.5/10
Cazorla was at the heart of many things Arsenal did well on the night. His passing was good and he regularly went forward to trouble Chelsea defenders. But, his final pass or shot let him down.
Francis Coquelin - 6/10
He sat in front of his defenders and offered them good protection. His passing was also neat and tidy. However, he got booked at the end of the first half.
Aaron Ramsey – 5/10
His passing was good and he tried his best to carve open the resolute Chelsea defence, but was unable to do so.
Mesut Ozil – 7/10
After a long while Ozil rediscovered his former self. Especially in the first half he was Arsenal’s key player. He helped in creating many openings for his team in that period. But, faded away in the second half.
Alexis Sanchez – 6/10
He looked lively from the start and offered good width. He tried his best to unlock Chelsea defence, but struggled to enjoy a lot of room.
Oliver Giroud – 5/10
He tried to use his physical presence to his advantage, but was unable to enjoy much joy against Terry and Cahill. He was anonymous for most parts of the game.
Danny Welbeck (76′) – 5/10
He came on to inject more pace to Arsenal’s and he did that really well. However, he was not able to change the scoreline.
Theo Walcott (84′) – N/A
Hardly anytime to make an impact.
Thibaut Courtois – 6.5/10
With chelsea defenders doing most of the job, Courtois had little to do, but he did well to see off anything that was thrown at him.
Branislav Ivanovic – 6.5/10
The Serb initially got away with few challenges he made at the early exchanges especially a hand ball from Cazorla’s shot. Apart from that he enjoyed a good night defensively, although he didn’t surge forward regularly.
Gary Cahill – 7.5/10
He formed a great partnership with Terry and looked solid at the back. He kept Arsenal attackers at bay and cleared or blocked anything that was put at him.
John Terry – 8/10
The Englishman was a rock at the back. He held the back line really well with a composed performance. He formed a good partnership with his defensive partner to keep Giroud quite on the night.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10
He was composed at the back in the makeshift defensive role and kept Arsenal’s attack to a minimum in his side. He however didn’t surge forward regularly.
Cesc Fabregas – 6.5/10
Except for few occasions, his passing was good on the night, especially the through ball which he played for Oscar was sublime. He was however booked for simulation.
Nemanja Matic – 6.5/10
Matic as usual looked solid while sitting in front of his defenders. He defended resolutely and hardly gave a moment’s peace to Arsenal’s attackers. But, he offered little in attack.
Ramires – 6/10
Ramires did his primary job of defending really well. However, he did not provide much in attack and missed a glorious chance at the first half when he was oneone with the keeper.
Willian – 7/10
It was a typical Willian performance. He helped his defenders a lot on his side and was always a threat when going forward. He released Ramires through on goal with a well timed pass, which the Brazilian failed to make the most of.
Eden Hazard – 6/10
Hazard was not able to repeat his heroics he managed against Manchester United last week. Nonetheless, he helped his team with many counter attacks without making a notable contribution in the makeshift role.
Oscar – 5/10
Except for that definite penalty shout, Oscar was anonymous for most parts of the game. He was replaced at the break for Drogba.
Didier Drogba (45′) – 5/10
Chelsea got a target man after Drogba came on to the pitch in the second half. He however was not able to bully Arsenal likely he previously used to.
Kurt Zouma (90′) N/A
Hardly anytime to make an impact.
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