Chelsea 2 – 2 Arsenal.
10 Gunners win the battle of Stamford Bridge, well at least mentally!
We will analyse this game over the next few days as I have been too busy typing comments with Seventeenho, and a cool, focused head I had not!
Leno: 8 – Very present and fought like a lion with some fab saves.
Saka: 7.5 – stood like a man and never looked his age. Tried hard to support the attack but was solid in defence which was his main task (especially after sending off).
Luiz: 4 – you cannot foul as the last man, especially in the box. He should know better.
Mustafi: 5 – dreadful back-pass that led to sending off and goal but, fair is fair, he did not hide and gave everything in the remainder of the game. Well done Arteta for keeping him on the pitch… it took a brave man.
Hector Bellerin: 8 – rusty start but led the team by example and never gave up. Superb goal that means so much to the team.
Xhaka: 8 – superb replacement for Luiz, bringing calm and quality positional awareness, leadership and character to the team. I hope all Arsenal fans will embrace him now.
Torreira: 8.5 – what a warrior. MOTM with Martinelli. Held that midfield on his own at times.
Martinelli: 8.5 – what a warrior. MOTM with Torreira. A superb goal that very few 18 year olds have scored at the highest level! To be so cool after such a run… class.
Ozil: 6 – difficult game for him, especially after we went down to 10 men.
Laca: 7 – worked hard and kept defenders occupied, but I would love to see more anticpation and composure. At times too static when there is space to run into to give the midfielders an option. In short, tons of quantity but not enough quality when it matters.
Pepe: 7.5 – worked well with Hector and was keen and able to burst through the Chavs’ defence, which was vital when we were with just 10 men on the pitch.
Guendouzi: 6 – he is not a defensive midfielder and that is what we needed. But he does not hide and offered something going forward.