We will do a match report tomorrow, but for now here are my player ratings:
Ospina: 6.5 – did what he had to do for Chelsea’s only goal but had little chance to stop the Belgian’s cool finish. A bit dodgy on crosses at times.
Nacho: 8.5 – great engine and presence all over the pitch. Lucky with the pinball goal, but he plays with such passion, aggression and great anticipation and interceptions at the moment. Nacho we love you!
Koz: 8 – gave his all with fantastic interceptions and healthy aggression.
Mustafi: 7.5 – gave his all with fantastic interceptions and healthy aggression. One or two headers back to midfield were badly placed.
Bellerin: 7.5 – gave his all too and did very well against the threat that is Alonso (what talents both these Spaniards are). More focus on defending is doing him good – four at the back suits him better than three, I reckon.
Eleney: 9 – Superb, MOTM, performance by the Egyptian hoover. The Chavs pushed us back hard into our own half and we struggled with this, but Elneny stayed calm and created space and time for his teammates. A few fine balls over the top and some very slick passing. Used his head v well.
Xhaka: 7.5 – an extra 0.5 point for his goal. Both Granit and Jack struggled to impose themselves in midfield, especially in first half. With Elneny behind them, they should push up and keep the opponent’s midfield in their own half. They did this much better in the second half, which made a big difference.
Jack: 7 – as per above. Jack had some very good moments but also gave the ball needlessly away by over-dribbling at times which could have cost us. Much better in the second half.
Iwobi: 7 – Great pre-assist for the winning goal by cleverly moving the ball to the right side of the pitch. Good defensive support for Nacho and some fine attacking contributions. Still a bit naïve at times when passing the ball and by getting crowded out, but that is to be expected from our 21 year old talent.
Lacazette: 7.5 – Worked his socks off but is often sooo isolated. Was rewarded with the key assist even though it needed a dollop of luck. Just love this player and the goals will come once we get the balance right in attack (which is not playing both Ozil and Iwobi around the Frenchman).
Ozil: 9 – deputy MOTM. What a leading performance by Mesut. Supported his team mates all over the pitch and took the team by the hand. Fabulous ball for Iwobi to score our third but the Nigerian sadly missed the opportunity. I think we should pay him £400k per week, more than Sanchez at the Mancs. He is worth it. Build the team around him.