1. JORGINHO (7.9, sub)
Fouls drawn: 2
Lampard may have claimed that his substitution after just 30 minutes (which was 20 minutes late already) wasn’t specific to the players involved, but introducing specifically Jorginho for specifically the struggling Emerson (third straight start with a 3.x rating!) made the specific impact that he was looking for, both in terms of formation and in quality. It may have taken until the very end of the game and a lovely gift from Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno to draw level, but Chelsea were being overrun in the first-half and Jorginho’s arrival prevented the game from snowballing out of control.
2. TAMMY ABRAHAM (7.6)
Fouls drawn: 1
Aerial duels won: 6
That’s 14 goals in 27 appearances for Tammy (12 in 19 in the Premier League), and finally a goal against one of the traditional top six teams! And what a goal it was, to shake off the defender and slide the ball between the legs of the goalkeeper with the utmost cool. Tammy has been consistently good all season, often great, and hopefully that continues into the new year.
3. TARIQ LAMPTEY (7.3, sub)
Fouls drawn: 1
We already talked about the impact that the introduction of the latest Academy debutant made in the second half, and he’s certainly deserving of a podium spot. The future definitely looks bright at right back, with Reece James and Lamptey both showing they’re more than ready for first-team minutes. Now we just have to figure out the other side...
vs. ARSENAL (PL, A, W 2-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Jorginho (7.9, sub), Abraham (7.6), Lamptey (7.3, sub), Willian (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Mount (6.7), Hudson-Odoi (6.5, sub), Kovačić (6.4), Rüdiger (6.4), Zouma (6.2), Arrizabalaga (6.1), Kanté (6.1), Azpilicueta (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Tomori (5.8)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Emerson (3.5)