1. EDEN HAZARD (8.3, sub)
Fouls drawn: 2
Eden Hazard has yet to play a full half’s worth of minutes, and he already has two assists and, in general, looks like a man having the time of his life in the friendly and fun confines of Sarri-ball. That ratio will come down of course as he returns to full fitness and starting duty, but there’s once again renewed talk of Hazard making “the leap” to the next level, so you know things must be going pretty well.
2. MARCOS ALONSO (7.9)
Aerial duels won: 5
Quite the performance from the man everyone expects to see eventually dropped because he’s a “wing”-back as opposed to a “full”-back, but with Azpilicueta by far the more defensive of the two wide defenders on the right (and often giving Chelsea a pseudo-back three), Alonso is still needed to be more of an attacking force than a defensive one. On Saturday, he was second on the team in touches (three less than Jorginho), tied for second in shots, made more clearances, and won more headers than anybody else. Oh, and he scored the winning goal against a London rival, just like last season at this exact same junction. Not bad, not bad at all.
3. PEDRO (7.8)
Mertens who? Pedro is on pace for 38 goals. Do not argue with science.
vs. ARSENAL (PL, H, W 3-2)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Hazard (8.3, sub)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Alonso (7.9), Pedro (7.8), Morata (7.5), Kovačić (7.4, sub), Kanté (7.2)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Azpilicueta (6.8), Jorginho (6.7), Rüdiger (6.5), Barkley (6.5), Giroud (6.4, sub), Willian (6.3), David Luiz (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Arrizabalaga (5.9)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —