Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Gunners duo shine over rest to ease pressure on Arteta

Arsenal v Chelsea: Match in pictures

Arsenal were back to their best against a slack Chelsea side with Mikel Arteta picking up a vital three points. Express Sport takes a look at how each Arsenal star performed in the match.

Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea

Bernd Leno – 8

Chelsea’s stagnant attack gave Leno little to do all game. He could do nothing about Chelsea’s late consolation goal but will be frustrated at not keeping a clean sheet. Magnificent save from Jorginho’s spot kick to halt any chances of a late comeback.

Hector Bellerin – 7

Appeared to thrive with the captain’s armband. A serious threat going forward down the right and marshalled Chelsea’s attacking threat expertly.

Pablo Mari – 5

Some would argue he was lucky to stay on the pitch in the first half after a lunging foul on Mateo Kovacic. Rash on the odd occasion still and gave Chelsea a glimmer of hope of salvaging a point late on by giving away a silly penalty but Leno saved his blushes.

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Rob Holding – 7

One of the main reasons Timo Werner was hauled off at half time. Big performance from the 25-year-old as he’s become a staple under Mikel Arteta.

Kieran Tierney – 8

Everything good from Arsenal in the first half came through Tierney terrorising Reece James and ultimately won the penalty. Hudson-Odoi then struggled to get past the Scottish full-back in the second half.

Granit Xhaka – 9

Absolultely magical free kick to give Arsenal a 2-0 lead. But his presence in midfield played a large part in stifling any momentum Chelsea came close to building.

Mohamed Elneny – 8

The perfect partner to Granit Xhaka in midfield. A real box-to-box performance from the Egyptian.

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Emile Smith Rowe – 7

Not able to get involved as much as other around him but Arteta will be more than pleased with the 20-year-old’s first Premier League start.

Bukayo Saka – 9

Arsenal’s player of the season so far, rounded off with a rather fortuitous goal that was hugely deserved.

Gabriel Martinelli – 7

Still getting back up to full speed but he offers Arsenal something they’ve lacked in his absence with his flair and unpredictability.

Alexandre Lacazette – 7

Slotted his penalty away with ease and led the line well to help link up the other attacking players around him.

Subs

Joe Willock (on for Smith Rowe 65 min) – 6

Nicolas Pepe (on for Martinelli 71 min) – 6

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