Arsenal vs Chelsea Player Ratings

Arsenal vs Chelsea Player Ratings

We did it! Despite the neutrals for the game expecting Chelsea to win their League and Cup double, we ended up with the world famous F.A. Cup. Yesterday was also a record-breaking day as the performance saw Arsenal retrieve their record of being the most decorated club in the F.A. Cup with 13 cups, along with Arsene Wenger becoming the most decorated manager in the competition with 7. But let’s see how the players got on at Wembley yesterday!

David Ospina – 7.2

For most the inclusion of the Columbian was a shock but luckily the change didn’t affect the game for the worse. For the most part, Ospina played well, making 4 saves, most notably keeping out Diego Costa on two occasions to keep us in the lead.

Rob Holding – 7.9

After becoming a regular in the first team recently, Arsenal’s £2million man showed just why the masses on Twitter call him ‘Holdini’. The 21-year-old made his presence known to Costa very early on with a challenge which seemed to get in the Chelsea striker’s head as Holding spent the most of the rest of the game in dominance with his partners in defence.

Per Mertesacker – 7.9

If you were to watch the game without any context I think it’d be hard to know that was the BFG’s first start of the campaign. Positionally Mertesacker hardly put a foot wrong in the middle of the back three, intervening when needed 99% of the time. That 1%, unfortunately, saw a Costa shot deflect off him into the goal but other than that Per was nothing short of faultless.

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Nacho Monreal – 7.4

As always Nacho was Mr Reliable today. The Spaniard didn’t have as much of an eye-catching performance as in the semi-final but with 4 tackles, playing at left centre back he made sure he had a performance to be proud of as he almost always got to the ball before his opponents.

Hector Bellerin – 7.3

Bellerin kept up his form from recent weeks yesterday as yet again he started in the right wing back position. Being very solid defensively, the only criticisms come from his missed chances in front of goal as well as failing to find his 2 open team-mates on a break.

Aaron Ramsey – 8.3

F.A. Cup final that needs winning? Well, he’s your man. Making another one of those late runs into the box Ramsey, like in 2014, was found by Giroud to win the cup for us. Other than the goal Ramsey still played well in midfield, moving the ball well along with being able to get forward on occasion. He was a bit unlucky not to double our score in the first half too, but with the bounce of the ball that was understandable.

Granit Xhaka – 7.6

Being the deeper of the two midfielders Xhaka didn’t grab as many headlines as Ramsey but still had a decent outing, helping shut down Chelsea attacks early as well as starting off attacks of our own.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.7

Most Arsenal fans were probably happy to see the Ox in the side albeit at left wing back and he didn’t disappoint. Playing in another new position, Chamberlain performed well both defensively and offensively making 3 tackles and never giving up the ball in midfield to ensure the cup was Arsenal’s.

Mesut Ozil – 8.1

Another performance that seems to divided opinion, but for me, Ozil played superbly despite not managing to score. Seemingly always picking up the ball in space the German played in great passes for his team mates as well as ducking out of challenges cleverly to get us up the pitch, but those missed chances really should’ve been tucked away.
Alexis Sanchez – 8.3
Another game, another goal. The Chilean got us off to a perfect start with a well taken, controversial goal after 5 minutes for his 30th of the season. Like Ozil, Sanchez’s delivery for his team-mates was great as was his footwork to get out of tight situations. Hopefully, we’d be able to retain both of their services for next season!

Danny Welbeck – 8.0

Playing up top Welbeck definitely led from the front while on the pitch. From the first minute he was pressing high up the pitch to win the ball which seemed to rub off on the team, but he should’ve got a goal for himself after exchanging passes with Bellerin inside the box.

Francis Coquelin – 6.6

Another substitute appearance saw Coquelin come on to see off the game which went well despite that harsh yellow card.

Olivier Giroud – 7.0

Giroud finished the season with yet another super sub cameo. 20 seconds after coming on the Frenchman got to the byline before playing the ball central for Ramsey to score. The pair linking up like in the 2014 final.

Mohamed Elneny – 6.3

Coming on for added time Elneny didn’t do much but found himself in good positions a few times.

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