[PLAYER RATINGS] Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal: How The Players Rated….

By on October 29, 2011

Arsenal won a thrilling London Derby at Stamford Bridge 3-5 thanks to a hat-trick from star striker Robin Van Persie. It was a wide open game with chances at both ends as the two giants defended poorly and simply tried to out-score one-another. Ultimately, it was a late double from van Persie that was the difference, guiding Arsenal to a famous 3-5 victory. Click here to watch all the goals from Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal. Here are the player ratings for both sides:

Chelsea ratings:

Cech – 4 – Probably his worst day in a Chelsea shirt. 5 shots on target from Arsenal and 5 goals scored. Will be disappointed with at least 3 of the goals. But he will be back to his best soon, no doubt.

Bosingwa – 5 – Caught out more than once as Gervinho got in behind the Portuguese international.

Terry  – 4 – Slipped at the vital moment to let Van Persie in for 3-4. Look uncomfortable all afternoon. Got on the scoresheet though.

Ivanovic – 5 – A bad day at the office for Ivanovic as the Gunners got through the middle of the Chelsea defence on several occasions.

Cole – 5 – Not at his usual dependable self. Went to sleep to allow Walcott in for Arsenal’s third.

Mikel – 5 – Very quiet, hardly saw anything from him as Arsenal over-ran the Chelsea midfield in the second half.

Lampard – 7 – Took his goal well and set up Terry for the second, but didn’t work hard enough in cutting out the Gunners attacks.

Ramires – 6 – Like Lampard, should have worked harder to boss the midfield areas. Subbed off for Lukaku as Villas-Boas needed goals.

Mata – 7 – A creative force for the home side and scored a 25-yard belter for 3-3.

Sturridge – 5 – Not at his best. Should have found Torres early on when clear and missed a great chance to get on the scoresheet but sliced wide. Subbed after 60 minutes.

Torres – 5 – Saw very little from the Spaniard. Was hardly in the game but missed a great early chance to get on the scoresheet.

Subs:

Malouda – 5 – Had little impact as he came on for the last half hour. on

Meireles – 5 – Very little time to get in to the game, only on for 15 minutes.

Lukaku – 6 – Did well to protect Mata which lead to the equaliser at 3-3, did nothing else of note.

Arsenal ratings:

Szczesny – 6 – Looked suspect a few times from crosses, also rushed out his box and was lucky to stay on the field after taking down Cole.

Djourou – 5 – Struggled early on as Chelsea got in behind far too easily during the first half, but improved in the second half. Subbed.

Mertesacker – 5.5 – Missed the cross for Lampard’s opener, lost Terry for Chelsea’s second and caught out of position on occasion. Not a good day for the big German.

Koscielny – 8 – The only defender on the pitch who could hold his head up high. Worked hard all game, and made a vital block late on with the score at 3-4 to deny Mata.

Santos – 5.5 – Roasted for pace on more than one occasion, his sloppy pass let in Mata to make it 3-3, and still looks short of fitness. Took his goal well though, if it wasn’t for that important strike he would have received a far lower score.

Song – 6 – Not his greatest day and was a lot quieter than usual. Made a few silly fouls and passing was below par.

Arteta – 7 – Kept things moving well in the middle of the park and set up several Arsenal attacks.

Ramsey – 7.5 – Great energy in midfield and worked well together with Arteta. Lovely ball to Gervinho that lead to Van Persie’s first.

Walcott – 8.5 – Set up both Gervinho and RVP early on with two delicious crosses, and took his goal well. Great game from the Englishman. Typically subbed late on.

Gervinho – 7.5 – Lovely run and square pass for Van Persie’s first and looked lively throughout. Missed a golden chance early on to open the scoring.

Van Persie – 9.5 (MOM) – Not for the first time this season, the Dutchman was the difference. Superb hat-trick, worked hard all game and deserved to be on the winning side. Irreplaceable.

Subs:

Jenkinson – 6 – On for Djourou for last 15 minutes as Wenger looked for some fresh legs down the right, the young Englishman did ok settling into such a frantic game.

Rosicky – 6.5 – Was involved in the fifth goal as Arsenal broke clear, and did well for his limited time on the pitch.

Vermaelen – n/a – Only on for 2 minutes.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Lizzie

    October 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Ramsey played a really good game today and deserves a better comment

  2. mussyboy

    October 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    sorry mate, but i thought santos and djourou both played better than song. but overall a good team performance.

  3. B JOHNSON

    October 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I DON’T THINK YOU HAVE A CLUE! (1) YES – SANTOS WAS POOR IN THE FIRST HALF, HOWEVER HE WAS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING IN THE 2ND HALF. (2) SONG HAD A GOOD GAME AND DESERVED MORE THAN 6. (3) WALCOTT HAD HIS BEST THIS SEASON, HOWEVER HE DOES NOT DESERVE A HIGHER SCORE THAN SONG, SANTOS AND KOS – BUT I SUPPOSE THE FACT THAT HE IS ENGLISH GIVES HIM A FEW MORE MARKS.

    • J William

      October 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      B JOHNSON is spot on. i agree with everything he said. santos stepped up second half. Kos is getting better and better every game and is proving Wenger right. Arsene got alot of stick for signing him but he looks a good signing now and i can see him and the Verminator becoming a great partnership. I also thought Song had quite a good game. He set up Santos and must have won the ball of chelsea atleast a dozen times. I can’t honestly think of a better holding mid in the league ATM. Great result, but it’s just another 3 points, lets keep winning 😉

    • jimmy

      October 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

      sorry man but i disagree. santos defending was shocking essecially in the first half. in the second he improved a bit but he still gets beaten too easily. he needs to stay closer to his man, he always givs the attacker so much space to run at him. his positional play is poor as well. i completely blame santos for the 3rd goal we conceded. gave the ball away, then went to ground trying to win a foul, santos ran the wrong way around lukaku giving the space for mata to run into, all lukaku did was stand his ground. as for song and walcott, i agree with u that song deserves a higher rating but theo was better than santos and song hands down. still a great game!

  4. sweeper

    October 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    who will vermalen replace??? this is a very tough one as it would be completely wrong to take kozzer off, and whatever ur evaluation of Per is, he is still a starting 11 player, he’ll be gutted to loose his place, and he’s taken to the fans quite well, he wants to be an arsenal legend. maybe we should play kozzer or verms at CDM with Song. in which case we’d play 4-5-1. 2CDM 3CAM and RVP

  5. max

    October 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    for now we can move kos to the right as long sagna is injured. im sure he will do well there.

  6. ad

    October 30, 2011 at 2:09 am

    It was Santos’s mistake, it was ref’s and Lukaku fouled. Did you watch the match???

    • Jay

      October 30, 2011 at 4:30 am

      LOL that’s true it was a clear foul and Szczesny didn’t have to rush the ball to Santos like he didn’t. he should have at least waited for everyone to reach half way and then look for the pass or kick the ball in, but as soon as he gave the ball to Santos he was under pressure and lost the ball and was fouled by Lukaku.

  7. asc14

    October 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

    i agree with almost every rate. great koscielny and outstanding-as-ever RVP. i dont think gervinho deserved more than 6.5 tho, but lampard deserved more than 7 for sure, he played alone, his passes could have made 3 goals if chelsea got decent players up front.

  8. cynorix

    October 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

    i disagree with your rating about song. he deserved a 7.5 IMO. He broke down a lot of chelsea attacks, he had one assist to santos….common

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