Premier League: Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea

Arsenal suffered their second-straight Premier League defeat of the campaign with Chelsea beating them by a 3-2 scoreline. The north London outfit were guilty of missing a number of clear-cut chances during the first period and this eventually came to haunt them with the Blues prevailing by a single-goal margin.

Player Ratings:

Petr Cech: The 36-year-old had been criticised from the Gunners’ faithful during the season opener where he was nervous whilst passing from the back. However, his performance was much better versus the Blues where he also made a number of notable saves – 7.5/10

Hector Bellerin: The Spaniard could have easily had an assist to his name, had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taken his goalscoring opportunity. Barring this, he was disappointing defensively where he could have done better to negate Hazard’s assist for the winner – 6/10

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: The Gunners’ summer signing had a relatively decent London derby but he should have tracked the run of Alvaro Morata for the second goal. Needed his partner Shkodran Mustafi to do most of the dirty work – 6.5/10

Shkodran Mustafi: Like ‘Papa’, the German produced a mixed bag on the day with his key interceptions being undervalued owing to the three goals conceded. The centre-back could have attempted tackled Morata in advance before the counter-attack – 6.5/10

Nacho Monreal: The Spaniard made his first appearance of the season after recovering from a minor knee problem. Monreal could have likewise got an assist for an Aubameyang strike but barring that, he did not have much to do with most of the Blues on the left-wing – 6.5/10

Granit Xhaka: Another average performance from the Swiss, who has been receiving plenty of stick from the Gunners’ faithful. Xhaka was outsmarted by Jorginho and N’Golo Kante for much of the first period and he was replaced at the break – 5.5/10

Mateo Guendouzi: The teenager was unquestionably the standout performer for the Gunners on the day and he can hold his head up high despite the defeat. Guendouzi had one stage had a pass accuracy of exactly 100 per cent during the game – 7.5/10

Alex Iwobi: Iwobi was rather a surprise selection ahead of Aaron Ramsey but he did not disappoint with a goal and an assist to his name. Faded during the game second period, however, before he was replaced – 7/10

Mesut Ozil: The German has not looked his own since his criticism for a poor World Cup display. The same was evident in the derby where he lost possession of the ball on numerous occasions. Ozil managed just 29 touches throughout the game – 5.5/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Mkhitaryan was pretty much out of sync during the opening half an hour where he was guilty of losing possession and missing a clear-cut chance. He made amends with a goal and an assist to his game – 7/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabon international was surprisingly off-colour in the derby and he managed to scupper two genuine chances to find the scoresheet. He surely needs to improve on his showing with Lacazette waiting on the wings – 6/10


Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette

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