Did we play well at the Bridge this time?

Did we play well at the Bridge this time?

Well we didn’t continue our winnings ways but yesterday’s outing at Stamford Bridge was very positive. At first glance a 0-0 draw might suggest the players on both sides were quite lacklustre and that there’d be nothing to write about, but as you’ll see from the relatively high player ratings, that wasn’t the case on Super Sunday.
Petr Cech – 7.2
Surprisingly Cech wasn’t tested as much as most people thought he would be before the game, however, he did show his quality to keep out a goalbound shot from Eden Hazard after keeping the scores level by beating Pedro in a one on one.
Laurent Koscielny – 7.5
Like his partners at the back Koscielny had a solid game making three clearances, four interceptions as well as helping to put off Pedro when he was through on goal in the first half.
Shkodran Mustafi – 8.0
Tasked with the challenge of keeping Chelsea’s new addition, Alvaro Morata quiet, Mustafi did a great job to keep a clean sheet. As well as making eight clearances and rustling Morata for the whole time he was on the pitch, his day looked to get even better as he headed past Thibault Courtois but unfortunately he had strayed offside.
Nacho Monreal – 7.7
Monreal also had an effective defensive performance in the trip to the Bridge making three tackles, four interceptions and winning three headers as he helped shut out Chelsea’s record signing.
Hector Bellerin – 7.6
It seems his midweek goal has given some more confidence going forward. Bellerin put in a performance much better than any other this season as he created some good chances from out wide, one of which arguably should’ve been buried by Danny Welbeck but overall the Spaniard put in a good performance.
Aaron Ramsey – 8.2
His midfield contribution was so good that it forced Antonio Conte into making changes as early as half time. Being the more advanced of the two central midfielders Ramsey chose his moments to get forward well today as he completed all four of his take ons and almost ended up with a goal but unfortunately seeing his effort bounce off the post.
Granit Xhaka – 6.8
Not everyone was amazing on the day however. Granit Xhaka didn’t have a terrible game but was caught slacking quite often during the game mostly with his passing and dwelling on the ball but he did still have a decent outing.
Sead Kolasinac – 7.7
The tank that is Sead Kolasinac had yet another impressive game and possibly won even more fans than he already had. He wasn’t as attacking as usual which was probably a good thing but he did manage to sting Courtois’ hands at least once. It would be later on in the game when he’d make headlines though as his no nonsense approach saw him beat David Luiz to the ball and get the Brazilian sent off, we’d then see how much he wanted to preserve the point as he exploded at the linesman for giving a free kick which he didn’t think was one.
Alex Iwobi – 7.0
Being the link between the midfield and attack Iwobi had a positive effect on the game going both ways. He was solid going forward as he was involved in the build up to our two big chances which fell to Ramsey and Welbeck as well as getting back well to maintain a clean sheet.
Danny Welbeck – 6.9
Although he didn’t play badly, Welbz wasn’t Dat Guy yesterday. The one chance he got he really should have scored but other than that he put in a good shift before coming off due to what looked like an injury.
Alexandre Lacazette – 6.8
Again, not a terrible performance but not his best in an Arsenal shirt. He did well in the first half fashioning a few chances and getting some shots off but should have tucked away the rebound from Ramsey’s shot off the post.
Alexis Sanchez – 6.7
After playing 90 minutes on Thursday it was probably expected that Alexis wouldn’t start yesterday. However, the Chilean did look sharp when he came on, making a nuisance of himself around the box but at times could’ve done with a better final ball into the box.
Olivier Giroud – 6.5
In the limited time he was on the pitch Giroud didn’t offer too much going forward but helped at the back to see out the point.
Mohamed Elneny – 6.4
In his cameo Elneny wasn’t too bad but did pick up a needless yellow card.
 

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