The Goonerater – Chelsea v Arsenal

WTTGT Writer: Amoy Ghoshal

Wojciech Szczesny – 6.0 – It was an eventful afternoon for the Pole as he conceded thrice and even earned a booking for coming out of the box and fouling Ashley Cole.  Produced a fine save to deny Lampard from that resultant free-kick and did make some important punches towards the end despite a few nervy moments.

Johan Djourou – 5.5 – He wasn’t protected at all in the opening stages as Ashley Cole easily went behind him twice. Djourou was less troubled after that but never looked comfortable at right back and thus was replaced by Jenkinson.

Laurent Koscielny – 8.0 – The Frenchman was once again Arsenal’s best defender as he made several vital interceptions including the one very early in the game which stopped Torres from having a clean shot on goal. Koscielny hardly showed any weakness against Torres and company and made a very important block from Mata when the score was 4-3.

Per Mertesacker – 5.5 – Germany national team coach Joachim Loew was at Stamford Bridge and thus Mertesacker won’t be happy with the fact that he was directly at fault for conceding the first two goals. A much more composed display in the second half from the former Werder Bremen player, who is still getting used to the English game. 

Andre Santos – 6.0 – The Brazilian had a mixed game as he struggled defensively each time Chelsea attacked his flank in the first half and was even at fault for conceding the third goal. But Santos vitally made it 2-2 after halftime and followed it up with a stylish celebration.

Alexandre Song – 6.5 – The Cameroon international improved as the game progressed as he was found missing during Chelsea’s opener but did win the ball back several times after that and played the through pass to Santos for Arsenal’s second goal.

Mikel Arteta – 7.0 – One of the best performances of the Spaniard since his move from Everton on transfer deadline day. As in the previous games, Arteta worked extremely hard to help out the defence and also distributed the ball very well and setup RVP’s third goal.

Aaron Ramsey – 7.5 – The Welshman seems to be getting better with every game as he produced a classy display against a talented Chelsea midfield. Ramsey played the crucial killer pass that eventually led to Arsenal’s first goal and looked purposeful both on and off the ball throughout.

Theo Walcott – 8.0 – By far his best performance of the season as the England international produced quality with his final ball and even scored a brilliant goal to give Arsenal the lead in the second half. Was unlucky not to have two assists in the first half and his pace was a problem for the Blues in both halves.

Robin Van Persie – 9.0 – **WTTGT Man of the Match** – The Dutchman has been in the form of his life in 2011 but the hat-trick away at Stamford Bridge will stand out above any other performance. RVP showed great composure to score the first two of his three and the third one was an example of the power he can generate from his left foot. RVP is truly a goal scorer with immense class and at present there are very few better match winners than him all around Europe.

Gervinho – 7.5 – Another impressive display from the Ivorian as he setup one goal and tormented Bosingwa all game with his pace and trickery. Missed a sitter in the first half at 0-0 but was extremely unselfish in the build up to Arsenal’s first goal and could have easily had a few more assists in the second half.

Subs

Carl Jenkinson – 6.0 – Replaced Djourou and never looked exposed at right back after coming on, which is a good sign considering he is the only fit natural right back in the squad now.

Tomas Rosicky – 6.0 – Was brought on in place of Walcott to provide a bit more when Arsenal defends but he ended up contributing in the build up to the fifth goal.

Thomas Vermaelen – N/A – Should have been brought on at 3-2 to give solidity to the back four but eventually replaced Gervinho in the closing stages to play at left back with Santos playing on the left wing.

 

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