Arsenal registered a 3-0 win over Chelsea here at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with putting up a performance reminiscent of the similar 3-0 win over Manchester united previous season. Arsenal decimated the Chelsea defence by banging 2 goals inside first 15 and the Blues could not recover after that. Arsenal were guilty of sitting back a little bit in the first half after scoring two but they were compact defensively which ensured a clean sheet for the Gunners.
The second half saw no goals scored from either side as the Gunners took the foot off the pedal and saw some great saves from the both the keepers. It was a scintillating performance by Wenger’s side in the end and they made a solid statement to the other teams, having now won back to back 4 games in the League their confidence will be on a high.
Petr Cech – 7/10
A relatively comfortable game than what he would have expected saw Cech pull out a clean sheet against his former club, made a great save off Michy Batshuayi in the dying stages of the game and kept Chelsea at bay.
Nacho Monreal – 6.5/10
Gave too much space to Willian down the left in the first half only to rectify it in the second half and put up a decent defensive performance overall, attacked well as a left back should have and troubled Ivanovic at times.
Hector Bellerin – 7.5/10
The third season of DC Comic show ‘The Flash’ premiers on 4th October but we saw a glimpse of the character’s ability here at the Emirates – phenomenal tackle on Pedro who looked clear to score after a defensive error. Overall good defensively and looked dangerous flying down the right flank.
Shokdran Mustafi – 7.5/10
Football Pundits evaluated his performance in the opening matches of the League too early to call but his performance against Chelsea might now give a fair idea about him. Charged Costa from the back and was aggressive, solid in air and a great reader of the game. Needs to make intelligent tackles sometimes.
Laurent Koscielney – 8/10
Gave Diego Costa a tough outing and was colossal figure in helping Arsenal maintain a clean sheet. Chelsea managed just 2 shots on target which is evident that how good Arsenal were in the back thanks to him.
Francis Coquelin – 7/10
Justified Wenger’s decision to start him ahead of Xhaka again and looked spirited but an unfortunate injury forced him off on the half hour mark. Made some great tackles and was covering the ground well to restrict Chelsea getting some space in the midfield.
Santi Cazorla – 7/10
Had a decent game and was struggling a little bit with his fitness in the end. Not much pressure from the Chelsea players helped him operate comfortably in the midfield.
Mesut Ozil – 8/10
Started a bit like the last of his outings – not comfortable with his touches but he quickly rediscovered his quality back and was back to his standards. Scored a world class goal and put on a clinical display.
Theo Walcott – 7.5/10
Milestone appearance for him proved a good one and he scored with a calm finish, exhibited his defensive part of the game well and halted some Chelsea attacks with his tracking back and pace.
Alex Iwobi – 9/10 MOTM
He looked a completely different player and very improved version, exquisite with his touches and great with his positioning as well. Was subbed off to provide defensive cover in terms of Kieran Gibbs.
Alexis Sanchez – 8.5/10
He proved too hot to handle for the Chelsea defence and trapped Cahill off guard to score the first goal for the Gunners. Persistently put pressure on the Chelsea back four which made them do errors. Provided a peach of an assist to Ozil for the third goal for Arsenal.
Granit Xhaka – 7/10
Brought on after Coquelin suffered a knee injury in the first half and was very direct with his passing, continued the good work of the Frenchmen and offered good defensive cover.
Olivier Giroud – 6.5/10
Still struggling to gain match fitness according to Wenger, was a little slow on his heels and had a little time on the ball.
Kieran Gibbs – 7.5/10
Displayed his versatility in the positions with operating on the left flank and defending down as well at times, was agile and injected a fresh life after coming on with 20 minutes left in the play.