Arsenal v Chelsea - player ratings

Arsenal v Chelsea - player ratings
By PA Sport Report

26/04/2015 at 19:14

ARSENAL

DAVID OSPINA: Flattened Oscar and might have conceded a penalty. Otherwise barely tested - 6/10.

HECTOR BELLERIN: Cleared Oscar's lob off the line as part of an all action display down the right - 7.

NACHO MONREAL: Had a busy afternoon with Ramires and Willian, in particular, running at him - 6.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Dealt with the different threats of Oscar and Didier Drogba with ease - 7.

PER MERTESACKER: Snatched at one second-half shot. Tidy defensive performance - 6.

FRANCIS COQUELIN: Physical display. Broke up play and disrupted Chelsea, but sacrificed as Arsenal looked to attack. Booked for foul on Hazard - 7.

AARON RAMSEY: A quiet afternoon for the Wales midfielder as Chelsea crowded out the midfield - 6.

SANTI CAZORLA: His risky trip on Cesc Fabregas went unpunished and he rushed opportunities to score himself - 6.

MESUT OZIL: The most expensive player on the pitch did little to show his worth - 5.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Always a bundle of energy and a threat. Scythed down by Chelsea more than once - 7.

OLIVIER GIROUD: Subdued by John Terry and Gary Cahill and replaced later on - 6.

SUBSTITUTES

DANNY WELBECK (on for Coquelin, 76 minutes): Might have scored in stoppage time, but could not turn in Monreal's cross - 6.

THEO WALCOTT (for Giroud, 84 mins): Provided a different threat for Chelsea to think about, but Arsenal scarcely found him - 6.

CHELSEA

THIBAUT COURTOIS: Jittery at times, but was untroubled by Arsenal - 6.

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: Imposed himself physically on Sanchez and others and curtailed his forays forward - 6.

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Solid and dependable. Chelsea's Mr Consistent - 7.

JOHN TERRY: So often in the right place and the right time. Dealt well with the aerial threat of Giroud and blocked a Sanchez effort - 7.

GARY CAHILL: Might have conceded a penalty for handball in the first half. Otherwise handled Giroud comfortably - 6.

NEMANJA MATIC: A quietly effective performance from the Serbia midfielder - 7.

RAMIRES: Should have scored when played in by Willian - 6.

CESC FABREGAS: No dream return for the former Arsenal captain. Booked for diving - 6.

OSCAR: Started as Chelsea's furthest forward player, in the absence of a recognised striker and might have scored only to be taken out by Ospina. Departed at half-time - 6.

WILLIAN: His quick feet and vision provided Chelsea with a spark - 8.

EDEN HAZARD: The '£200million man' struggled to assert his influence and get on the ball - 6.

SUBSTITUTES

DIDIER DROGBA (for Oscar, at half-time): The Ivory Coast striker used to score for fun against Arsenal, but shot straight at Ospina with his only effort - 6.

KURT ZOUMA (for Fabregas, 90): Sent on in midfield to shore up the dying seconds - 6.

JUAN CUADRADO (for Willian, 90): A switch designed to punctuate play - 5.

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