William Saliba shines as Aubameyang flops in opposition to former membership
Arsenal produced a powerful efficiency to beat a listless Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday, transferring again to the highest of the Premier League within the course of.
The Gunners dominated the early exchanges with out actually testing Edouard Mendy – Gabriel Jesus lacking a very good likelihood from shut vary within the largest alternative of the half.
It was pretty dismal all through from the hosts, who lacked any conviction in build-up play or risk on purpose all sport, and Graham Potter will know he faces a giant process to seek out the appropriate components after the World Cup if the Blues’ season isn’t to fizzle out rapidly.
The profitable purpose got here from Gabriel Magalhaes simply previous the hour mark, prodding in from shut vary after a nook was missed by everyone – and there was merely no response from Chelsea searching for an equalier.
Here are the participant rankings from Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Edouard Mendy, 6. Had little or no to do within the first hour, then made a very good punch clear underneath strain and blocked a Jesus shot – earlier than being overwhelmed by a nook.
Cesar Azpilicueta, 4. Booked for profitable the ball – Martinelli was late to a problem and received damage. Rubbish rule. The remainder of his sport was fairly poor as Martinelli gave him the run-around after which he completely misplaced Gabriel for the opening purpose.
Trevoh Chalobah, 7. Bit of a lift to be picked for this sport and definitely didn’t put in a efficiency to recommend he shouldn’t have performed. Solid and dependable all through with out ever actually being immediately concerned in thwarting Arsenal’s largest probabilities.
Thiago Silva, 6. Great block on Jesus early on. Had to play lots of lengthy passes on account of Chelsea’s lack of midfield build-up. Almost price a purpose when caught in possession on the hour after which failed to chop out the nook which led to the purpose.
Marc Cucurella, 7. His battle with Saka was one of many notable elements of the primary half and the Spaniard ended up edging it after a troublesome begin. Played nicely from a defensive standpoint however completely did not get ahead as an outlet.
Jorginho, 5. Offered nowhere close to sufficient via the center contemplating his normal vary of passing and skill to pick runners – not that Chelsea had a lot of these, to be honest. Defensively bypassed at instances and easily didn’t get folks round him enjoying rapidly or with any ahead momentum.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 6. Hard-working however didn’t actually supply a lot in the best way of second-line help, which made it robust for Chelsea to have any build-up play in any respect. Did lots of monitoring down Arsenal’s left, Chelsea’s proper channel defensively.
Raheem Sterling, 7. The one respectable outlet for the house facet within the first 45’. Some good passes in behind the defence from the appropriate flank and some harmful dribbles. No actual probabilities fell his manner.
Mason Mount, 5. Played left facet within the first half and struggled to get into the match an excessive amount of. Hard-working and dropped deep to assist Cucurella however made no actual affect in possession. Not the function for him in any respect.
Kai Havertz, 5. Roamed from the centre and typically regarded harmful, however not constant sufficient along with his remaining go or choice. Subbed with Aubameyang.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 4. Played centrally however little or no service was forthcoming. Booked in opposition to his former membership for a late slide deal with. Hooked after an hour to jeers.
Subs: Conor Gallagher 6, Armando Broja 5, Mateo Kovacic n/a, Christian Pulisic n/a
Aaron Ramsdale, 6. Had himself a pleasant quiet time out down the park. A bit moist and chilly from standing round not having to do something, maybe.
Ben White, 8. A few taking pictures probabilities fell his manner early on and confirmed why he’s but to internet for the membership. Defensively although he was proper on it: tackling excessive upfield when he might, clearing from inside his six-yard field when he wanted to.
William Saliba, 8. Defended nicely in one-on-one conditions and some good moments of overlaying behind his companion too. Recovered to dam after his personal mistake following the restart. Very strong once more, even when the attacking risk was few and much between a lot of the sport.
Gabriel Magalhaes, 7. Almost pretty much as good defensively as his companion, outdoors of a few wild swings and mistimed headers. He did, nevertheless, rating the all-important purpose after extra attack-minded gamers saved spurning their very own probabilities. Lethal from one yard out.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, 7. Steady first sport again. His normal central positions began Arsenal’s build-up play with frequency, however he additionally surged down the left as a shock possibility at instances.
Thomas Partey, 8. Some good protecting work within the first half in opposition to sporadic counters. Took a very good likelihood off Martinelli’s head after the break however principally he simply shut down Chelsea’s very weak central strain.
Granit Xhaka, 7. Not his most adventurous or aggressive sport however id easy work nicely, tracked his man when he wanted to and linked nicely within the channels.
Bukayo Saka, 7. Started off in full of life style and was a very good outlet however Cucurella finally received the measure of him. Booked for a pissed off late deal with. Took the nook which arrange the purpose.
Martin Odegaard, 7. At instances regarded a reduce above along with his capacity to seek out area in crowded defensive areas and take the ball on the flip – however for as soon as his remaining go was missing all sport lengthy. Also missed an excellent one-on-one likelihood as he in the reduction of on his left as a substitute of lobbing with the appropriate.
Gabriel Martinelli, 8. Some actually good runs into area early on and delivered a incredible cross which ought to have led to a purpose. Great footwork, selfless operating and at all times prepared to search for a teammate within the remaining third.
Gabriel Jesus, 7. Good motion as ever however ought to have a buried a diving header from shut vary. One tough run noticed a solo effort blocked beforehand. Off the ball, crucial; on the ball, not in his greatest type.
Subs: Kieran Tierney 6, Mohamed Elneny n/a, Rob Holding n/a