Football is finally back! Ok, it might only have been the Community Shield but it’s always good to start the season off with a win. Having dominated most of the match we found ourselves a goal down a minute into the first half, however, the squad fought on and went on to take the game to penalties to win the game. Here’s how the Arsenal players fared on their 8th consecutive win at Wembley.
Petr Cech – 6.8
He may not have saved a penalty but he still had a decent outing. The Ex-Chelsea man did have shaky moments with his distribution but managed to rectify his errors as he made sure he got in the Chelsea players’ heads when it mattered.
Rob Holding – 7.1
Holding continues to impress. As expected from any youngster on the national stage, Holding did make a few mistakes, however, again he showed his defensive capabilities as he put in a few greatly timed tackles to help us to the win.
Per Mertesacker – 6.8
For the short amount of time our captain was on he looked very solid. Whatever came his way, much like in the F.A. Cup final, he dealt with it. Unfortunately, though his game would be cut short as an elbow from Gary Cahill would leave him needing stitches just above his right eye.
Nacho Monreal – 7.3
As we’ve come to expect from Nacho, he had another solid game. Hardly putting a foot wrong as one of our three centre backs he then topped it off by scoring his penalty in the shoot-out.
Hector Bellerin – 6.7
With this only being Bellerin’s second game back after his summer break, it showed. He didn’t play badly but on occasions, it seemed that he just hasn’t got back into his rhythm yet.
Mohamed Elneny – 7.5
Playing in midfield rather than defence as he has lately, Elneny played very well. Being more of a ball winner than Xhaka, the Egyptian got about the pitch well to help fight for possession as well as showing the technique to dictate the game at times, an all-around solid performance.
Granit Xhaka – 7.8
XHAKABOOM… almost. Xhaka may have had he blemish of his failed clearance leading to Chelsea’s goal but that is all he could be faulted for. Throughout the game he kept us ticking in midfield whether that was simply recycling possession or moving us forward with long diagonal passes to the wing backs. He looked to take responsibility as he went for a long range effort which was just tipped behind by Courtois, but shortly after he would assist the equaliser with a great lofted ball from a free kick.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.2
Like in the F.A. Cup final the Ox played as our left wing back. It’s fair to say he looks more comfortable on the right but that doesn’t take away from his obvious quality. Time and time again he burst down the left wing as well as showing good feet to beat his opposite man on the inside he put in a solid performance which was topped off with an important goal in the penalty shoot-out.
Alex Iwobi – 7.3
Iwobi looked very promising before being replaced by Theo Walcott. The 21-year-old showed great feet on numerous occasions to retain possession in the Arsenal midfield, also causing Cesc Fabregas to fall flat on his face. Being the more creative player behind Lacazette he also helped create a few chances as he glided past his opponents.
Danny Welbeck – 7.2
Yesterday Danny Welbeck done just what Danny Welbeck does. Making his presence known, Dat Guy made a nuisance of himself whether that was running off the back of runners, stealing loose balls to set up attacks or winning the ball back he had a very effective afternoon.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7.5
Arsenal’s new man definitely made an impression on his Wembley debut. While on the pitch he showed why he could be a useful asset this season as he combined play well, put Chelsea’s defenders under pressure as well as starting off attacks. Without question, his standout moment came in the first half after his sharpness put us on an attack which would result in his curling an effort onto the post.
Sead Kolasinac – 8.3
Coming in to replace Mertesacker in the first half Kolasinac had an outstanding match. From shutting out the Chelsea attack to storming down the left flank and then grabbing the equaliser by nodding home Xhaka’s free kick, the Bosnian was the best performer in an Arsenal shirt on his debut in English football.
Theo Walcott – 6.7
Coming on in the second half, Walcott had a few chances to put us ahead in normal time but would have to wait until the shootout to get the ball into the back of the net.
Olivier Giroud – 6.9
Coming on with Walcott, Giroud managed to get the ball moving in and around the Chelsea box before scoring the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
Reiss Nelson – 6.6
Arsenal’s young bright spark came on for a cameo appearance but still managed to impress. Getting involved on the ball he drew a foul before sprinting into space ready to receive the next pass which got the Arsenal faithful right behind him, his future looks very bright indeed.