1. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (6.3)
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.
Top reactions here from Kepa. He stood his ground, got set, and tracked the ball the entire way— Matt Pyzdrowski (@MattPyzdrowski) January 19, 2019
It’s easy to get caught in two minds in these situations (do I come for the ball or stay?) but this time he got it absolutely correct and wisely trusted his positioning
Great save pic.twitter.com/T2noTnzqFY
2. N’GOLO KANTÉ (5.4)
Fouls drawn: 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.
3. ANTONIO RÜDIGER (5.3)
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)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
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)