It was an afternoon to forget for Chelsea and their fans. They are used to having it all their own way against Arsenal but the tide well and truly turned in this one. The Gunners were dominant and Chelsea were full of errors. Here’s our Chelsea player ratings. If you want to see our Arsenal Player Ratings, click here.
Thibaut Courtois: 6 – Couldn’t really do anything about the Arsenal goals, but he will be gutted to concede so many. He did lack authority and look a little nervy though, worrying.
Branislav Ivanovic: 3 – Terrorised by Alex Iwobi all afternoon and looked way off the pace. Chelsea fans will surely want to see him dropped, Azpilcueta moved to the right, and the new big money signing Marcos Alonso given a real chance on the left. He had a torrid time and would’ve been relieved to hear the full time whistle.
Gary Cahill: 2 – A horror moment for Cahill gifted Chelsea the lead. He’s not had a good start to the season and his place is now surely under threat. Also poor for Arsenal’s third as he failed to track an unmarked Ozil to score.
David Luiz: 4 – Was better than Cahill, but that is no achievement. The Brazilian looked a little lost and it is evident that the duo are yet to develop a relationship.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 – Pretty ‘meh’ performance from Azpilicueta. Got more involved when Chelsea switched to wing backs, but still did nothing special. He really struggled with Iwobi in the first half, especially when the Nigerian drifted inside.
N’Golo Kante: 4 – Was embarrassed in the first half by Ozil’s sheer guile and skill. Kante was given the job of distributing the ball but he struggled due to technical limitations in his game. He was supposed to stop Arsenal’s rhythm in the final third but the Gunners ran riot. A performance to forget.
Nemanja Matic: 3 – Matic was playing in a more advanced midfield role than he was used too, and he looked really uncomfortable to be honest, always a yard or so behind the Arsenal midfielders.
Cesc Fabregas: 4 – Was the headline change from Conte for this fixture after impressing in midweek but he really struggled to get into the game and was hooked off just 9 minutes into the second half. Perhaps he was tired after 120 minutes in midweek.
Eden Hazard: 5 – In the first half he looked the most likely to do something for Chelsea – however his lack of defensive discipline cost Chelsea for Arsenal’s 2nd goal as Bellerin had far too much space and time to pick out Theo Walcott. He was perhaps the most lively Chelsea player, but he did make a lot of errors with his final ball. Needs to be better.
Willian: 4 – Found a lot of space on the left in the first half and should have done more with that, needed to capitalise. In the second half Monreal gave him much less time and the Brazilian really failed to make any sort of impact, replaced with 20 to go.
Diego Costa: 6 – Battled really hard, caused problems for the Arsenal defence by using his strength to shrug them off often. But for the most part, he cut a huge frustrated figure as Mustafi and Koscielny relished the physical duel. In the end his frustration continued to spiral and he was booked for dissent in the final 10 minutes of the game. In Costa Chelsea have such a quality player, and even though he was quiet today, he was one of their best – Conte needs to play around the Spaniard because he is a match winner. Today Costa did his bit but the performance of Mustafi and Koscielny meant that Costa was isolatd and couldn’t effect the game as he would’ve liked.
Marcos Alonso: N/A – Came on after 55 minutes to play as a wing-back in a changed, 3 at the back Chelsea formation. Didn’t really do anything of note as Arsenal continued to dominate proceedings.
Michy Batshuayi: N/A – Had 20 minutes to show his quality in a 2-man attack. He was lively and game Costa some much needed support, but ultimately the Belgian fluffed his chance to give Chelsea a glimmer of hope. He did at least though, force a save from Cech.
Pedro: N/A – Came on, had no effect.