These are the Arsenal Fresh Football player ratings for Arsenal vs. Chelsea, which finished 3-0 to the Gunners thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil. The Gunners put aside their recent terrible performances against Chelsea and put their London rivals to the sword from the off. Wenger deployed a high-pressing tactic that put a huge amount of pressure on Chelsea’s defence, who were attempting to play it out from the back.
Petr Cech: 7 – Chelsea didn’t have a shot on target until the 84th minute, so Cech really didn’t have much to do. But he was very confident coming for catches and his experience certainly helped Arsenal in this fixture. He’ll be delighted to get one over his former club.
Hector Bellerin: 8 – Excellent assist to set up the 2nd Arsenal goal. His general play was very good and the Spaniard made a goal saving tackle with 20 to go, using his incredible pace to deny Pedro. The Gunners do truly have a real talent in Bellerin and they need to keep hold of him as the likes of Barcelona lurk.
Skhodran Mustafi: 9 – Won an incredible amount of aerial duels and was also very strong in the tackle. He looked well up for the battle with Costa and bar a communication problem with Koscielny at one point, the German was faultless.
Laurent Koscielny: 9 – Koscielny’s pace helped handle the quality of Costa. He and Mustafi are really developing a great partnership and they’ll be delighted to get their first clean sheet under their belts today.
Nacho Monreal: 7 – Chelsea had some early openings down his side, but he got a lot better in the second half, getting closer to Willian and the introduction of Gibbs to help him in the latter stages was certainly beneficial. Not Arsenal’s best player but didn’t really do a lot wrong.
Francis Coquelin: 6 – Had a decent start but jarred his knee 30 minutes in and had to come off. Will be really upset about that after winning his place in midfield.
Santi Cazorla: 8 – Cazorla kept Arsenal ticking so beautifully. When the Spaniard is in the mood he just helps the Gunners take control of any game. Playing against Kante, Fabregas and Matic is no easy task, but Santi made it look so effortless to overrun them.
Mesut Ozil: 8.5 – Was quiet for the first 39 minutes but the 3rd goal was all about him. He turned Kante and left the Chelsea mdfield for dead, before playing a one-two with Alexis and scoring with a scuffed volley. After this goal he really grew into the game and sometimes humiliated the Chelsea midfield.
Theo Walcott: 8 – Cool as you like finish to give the Gunners a 2-goal lead. His work rate throughout was much improved and helped Arsenal deal with the threat of Hazard. Walcott could have been more clinical a couple of times in the second half but overall he was much better than he has been in recent years on the right hand side.
Alex Iwobi: 8.5 – Didn’t get an assist for it, but carved Chelsea open to create the 2nd Arsenal goal. Iwobi just looks so effortless, gliding across the pitch and causing havoc for the Chelsea defence. He has really matured in the last 12 months and now looks a certain inclusion in the Arsenal line up. He will drift in and out of the team over the season, but Iwobi has the potential to be an Arsenal great.
Alexis Sanchez: 9 – Hunted Cahill down and scored the opener with a lovely chipped finish. A great run and assist to assist Ozil for the third goal. He was electric and looked much more comfortable than he has previously in that lone striker role. Rightfully received a standing ovation when he was subbed (with midweek in mind) with 12 minutes to go.
Granit Xhaka: 7 – Would have been disappointed not to start but after 30 minutes due to a Coquelin injury, he got his chance. The Swiss international was so calm in possession and also strong in the tackle. Gave away a couple of needless fouls which he needs to stop doing, but overall a very good performance. He may now have a chance to establish himself in this team thans to Coquelin’s injury.
Kieran Gibbs: 7 – On for just over 20 minutes to help Chelsea cope with the wing back formation they changed too with 30 minutes to go. He did exactly that, getting back to restrict the effectiveness of
Olivier Giroud: N/A – Back from injury, the Frenchman was given the last 12 minutes to get a bit of fitness. Looked a bit rusty as his touches were mostly bad.