Arsenal vs. Chelsea player ratings: Grading performances as Gunners, Blues play to intense Premier League draw
A 10-man Arsenal side found a way to earn a point at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal and Chelsea played out an intense 2-2 draw on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge with both defenses struggling mightily. Three goals came in the second half, all of which followed defensive errors, allowing each team to take just a point away from the Premier League clash. The Gunners came back from a goal down two times despite playing with 10 men after David Luiz's red card in the first half, with Shkodran Mustafi's error to blame. The German defender put together a nightmare performance for Arsenal. But what's his player rating and that of every other player and both managers?
Here are the ratings (on a 1-10 scale) for the match. You can watch more action on Premier League action on fuboTV (Try for free).
Arsenal player ratings
|Name||How did they do?||Ratings|
(GK) Bernd Leno
A fine save on Tammy Abraham early on but dealt poorly with the attack leading to the penalty kick. Not a night to remember, but his defense let him down.
(DEF) Hector Bellerin
In his first start since December, he held his own. Was caught a bit too far forward at times but did a nice job in denying Willian on a couple occasions. Scored a lovely equalizer.
(DEF) Shkodran Mustafi
To think Arsenal paid about $40 million to Valencia for him He's been a disaster. Lack of confidence and execution, and it's painful to watch. Goal and red card were his fault.
(DEF) David Luiz
The former Chelsea defender got a straight red card 25 minutes in for bringing down Tammy Abraham. Going down 1-0 and having 11 men would have been better. Not all his fault though (as noted above).
The young man struggled quite a bit down the right. He was slow to react but the confidence was there. Not ideal starting him at LB.
(MID) Lucas Torreira
Showed a little bit of skill but had to spend most of the game defending. Never really got into the flow.
(MID) Granit Xhaka
Almost forgot he played. Hardly noticeable. Switched to CB.
(MID) Nicolas Pepe
So talented and so inconsistent. He needs to more centrally positioned.
(MID) Mesut Ozil
Spent too much time on the side and needed to get fed more in the final third. Came off in second half and didn't look happy.
(FWD) Alexandre Lacazette
Was offside on his best chance and never really looked like a threat. Needs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with him to flourish in this side.
(FWD) Gabriel Martinelli
His pace was key on his equalizer, and credit to him for scoring such a fine goal after that run. Lucky that N'Golo Kante fell down though.
(SUB) Rob Holding
Came in to aid in defense and was solid for the most part.
(SUB) Joe Willock
Late sub to waste time.
(SUB) Matteo Guendouzi
Came on for Ozil and did OK. Little sloppy in getting the ball forward.
(Coach) Mikel Arteta
Deserves praise for his team's fight and keeping Martinelli on when he was the obvious choice to sub out.
Chelsea player ratings
|Name||How did they do?||Grade|
Couldn't do much on the first goal and got no help on the second goal. Not really at fault.
(DEF) Cesar Azlipicueta
Continues to score goals and lead this team. Solid shift for the captain.
(DEF) Antonio Rudiger
Great in the air and almost grabbed an early assist. Strong while also being a sure thing on the ball. Wasn't back as Gunners countered on their first goal.
(DEF) Andreas Christensen
Didn't have much to deal with when defending and was crisp in passing. Tried to close down on Bellerin's equalizer.
Silly yellow card 20 minutes in and had a little trouble with Pepe but generally held his own.. until he fell asleep on Bellerin's goal.
(MID) N'Golo Kante
Showed off his nice touch but will be remembered in this one with that unfortunate slip at midfield.
Took his penalty kick with class, as usual. Growing into more of a key player with each match and has a delightful touch that was on display.
(MID) Mateo Kovacic
Taken off in second half and didn't get into this one. Had a couple quality passes forward.
Never really got into the game down the left. Made some good runs but at times wasn't fed when he needed to be. Great late chance lacked accuracy.
(FWD) Tammy Abraham
Really bottled an early header in front of goal but did well to be attentive and win a penalty kick that saw David Luiz get a red card. Helped create a goal, so he did his job.
(FWD) Callum Hudson-Odoi
So much potential. Showed his quality on both sides though he would have liked to be involved more.
(SUB) Ross Barkley
Got into space but lacked quality. They need Christian Pulisic back.
(SUB) Mason Mount
The young Englishman had the chance to impact the game but didn't.
(SUB) Mich Batshuayi
Late sub that missed an absolute sitter.
(Coach) Frank Lampard
Disappointing. Had good intent with his subs. Emerson will be in his dog house.
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