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Chelsea vs. Arsenal, Player Ratings: Blues bring their best for derby

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Slightly delayed, but no less impressive. Best ratings of the season!

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1. KURT ZOUMA - DC 8.7
Minutes played90
Touches52
Passes35/43
Shots1*/2
Tackles3
Blocks+INTs2
Two straight wins for Chelsea.  Two straight clean sheets.  Two straight Man of the Match awards won by the youngest player in the starting lineup, following Ruben Loftus-Cheek's efforts midweek against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.  The youth of today!

It was actually Zouma's fifth straight start in all competitions.  In the Premier League, he's had more minutes than Gary Cahill or John Terry.  He's played in every single match this season.  He's still just 20.

Which of course does mean that Zouma's hardly a finished product.  He's got room to improve, yet he's already good enough to play a big role for us.  And that's tremendously exciting.

2. EDEN HAZARD - AML 7.8
Minutes played90
Touches91
Passes65/72
Shots2*/4
Take-ons8/9
Fouls drawn4
Blocks+INTs2
It took eight games in all competitions, but Eden Hazard finally decided to show up.  Ok, NOW we can start the season.

We've had some dude out there in an Eden Hazard shirt all along, don't get me wrong, but I doubt he was the actual Eden Hazard.  It was a very convincing lookalike at first glance, but on the pitch he was clearly slower, less decisive, less confident, less fun, less ... good than the real thing.

Welcome back, real thing!

3. OSCAR - AMC 7.7
Minutes played67
Touches52
Passes29/39
Shots1*/2
Take-ons0/3
Tackles5
A player who hasn't suffered the early season blues has been Oscar.  Or was it the Blues who suffered the early season (lack of) Oscars?  Either way, this was only the third start for Oscar on the season, but it was his third good performance, the third time he's been voted onto the three stars podium.

In his three years at Chelsea so far, Oscar has consistently had better first halves than second halves of seasons.  There's hope that after taking the whole summer off from football for the first time since before his birth, maybe his performances won't drop off so drastically this season.  Either way, he's playing really well right now, so let's strike the iron while it's hot.

OTHERS:
Begović (7.3), Azpilicueta (7.7), Cahill (7.4), Ivanović (7.1), Matić (7.1), Fàbregas (7.7), Pedro (6.9), Costa (7.2)

SUBS:
Ramires (6.4), Rémy (6.2), Mikel (6.0)

OVERALL:

2015-16 Player Ratings - Arsenal H