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Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Player Ratings: The Costa & Fàbregas Show

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Costa first, Fàbregas second, for the second consecutive match.

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1. DIEGO COSTA - FC 8.9
Minutes played69
Touches23
Passes12/13
Shots2*/3
Fouls drawn3
Angry Arsenal fansALL
Before the match, I talked about how Ramires had sort of taken the mantle of being Arsenal's scourge, but it turns out I was wrong.  It's most definitely Diego Costa who's taken over from Didier, and that makes far more sense.  Diego has now faced Arsenal three times, having won all three while scoring twice and getting two people sent off (one through guile, the other by being better at football).  Perfect.

Six goals in his last six games for Costa and his third Man of the Match award of the season alongside the highest rating since last January's 5-0 win at Swansea.  Welcome back, Diego.

2. CESC FÀBREGAS - AMC 8.7
Minutes played90
Touches100
Passes70/86
Take-ons3/4
Fouls drawn5
Tackles9
Block+INT+RECs12
The other and just as important half of the Costa & Fàbregas Show, Cesc put in an absolutely glorious performance, frolicking in the space afforded.  The icing on the cake really should've been the penalty kick that he won when Laurent Koscielny took him out in the box, but who Clatts swallowed his whistle on that one.

He led all players in touches, passes, fouls drawn, tackles.  Well-rounded.  Can we just play Arsenal every week?

3. WILLIAN - AMR 7.8
Minutes played90
Touches75
Passes47/62
Shots1/3
Take-ons3/6
Fouls drawn2
Tackles3
Willian is Willian and even though his passing and shooting radar was a bit broken for much of the day, he still managed to provide a ridiculously good pass that even Cesc would be jealous of (the one that sprung Costa on the red card), and he still managed run ragged much of the Arsenal defense and midfield.

After the break-out year that was 2015 for the winger, Big Willi Style should be in his prime and should be putting in performances like these at a minimum.  If he can maintain his form, alongside the improvement seen from others, we may just yet make some noise going forward for rest of the season.

STARTERS:
Courtois (6.5), Azpilicueta (7.3), Terry (7.4), Zouma (7.7), Ivanović (7.2), Matić (6.6), Mikel (7.0), Oscar (6.8), Fàbregas (8.7), Willian (7.8), Costa (8.9)

SUBS:
Rémy (4.7), Hazard (6.4)

OVERALL:

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