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Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea, Player Ratings: Only Kepa’s spared

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s latest collapse

Arsenal FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images


Minutes: 90
Touches: 45
Passes: 30/36
Saves: 3

The scoreline, on a night when Chelsea fans thanked the club’s greatest goalkeeper of all time (retiring but currently still stuck in the Arsenal dugout), could’ve been a lot uglier a lot earlier were it not for new Chelsea goalkeeping hero Kepa’s saves, especially early on, such as this one from Koscielny’s point-blank header.

2. N’GOLO KANTÉ (5.4)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 91
Passes: 61/67
Take-ons: 2/6
Fouls drawn: 2
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 2+3+2

It’s always instructive to see which players show up in the top three after terrible team performances, as it often reveals which players are more loved than most, rightly or wrongly, and which players tend to be viewed as the hearts and souls of the team. N’Golo Kanté, besides being an amazing player and an even more amazing human being, has filled that latter role to perfection as well for the last three seasons, and it’s in times like these that his new long-term contract should make us feel instantly better about the future.


Minutes: 90
Touches: 84
Passes: 65/75
Tackles+INTs: 1+2
Aerial duels: 2

If Kanté’s the quiet soul of the team, Rüdiger is the beating heart and we could certainly use a few more like him at the moment...

vs. ARSENAL (PL, A, L 0-2)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): —

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Arrizabalaga (6.3)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Kanté (5.4), Rüdiger (5.3), David Luiz (5.2), Hudson-Odoi (5.0, sub)

BAD (4.0-4.9): Pedro (4.9), Azpilicueta (4.9), Hazard (4.8), Barkley (4.6, sub), Giroud (4.3, sub), Kovačić (4.2), Willian (4.0)

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Alonso (3.6), Jorginho (3.3)


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