Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea as Partey and Smith Rowe shine but Saka struggles


How the Gunners got on individually in their Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Bernd Leno: Given how dominant Chelsea were it’s perhaps surprising that Leno wasn’t busier on the night but was concentrated and dependable when called upon. 6.

Bukayo Saka: Added right wing back to the long list of positions he has played in an Arsenal shirt but struggled here. Hard to really blame him and the decision seems even more strange when consider three specialist right backs were on the bench. 5.

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Rob Holding: Produced one outstanding block from Mason Mount to keep the score at 0-0 and was relatively solid throughout. Good in the air and positionally sound it was a good performance overall. 6.

Pablo Mari: Had an early lapse in concentration that really should have been punished by Kai Havertz but got away with it. Recovered to have a decent game in the middle of a back three. 6.

Gabriel: Seemed to benefit from the move to the back three and looked far more switched on than in recent games. A good performance within the solidity of a tight defensive unit. 6.

Kieran Tierney: Got forward with regularity we’re more accustomed to when he was fully fit and was Arsenal’s main outlet on the counter. Often was let down by balls to him but put in some decent delivery when he did manage to get forward. 7.

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Thomas Partey: His first half display set the tone for how Arsenal looked to defend. Recovered the ball frequently and was positionally very good. Seemed to thrive with the Simeone-esque tactics Arteta employed on the night. 7.

Mohamed Elneny: Continued in the starting line up and looked far more solid than Dani Ceballos on the left of central midfield. Passing was a little unadventurous but given the lack of options in front of him for much of the game you could hardly blame him for that. 6.

Martin Odegaard: Struggled to really influence the game much. Arsenal’s counter attacking style on the night was not really suited to his slightly less mobile style of play. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: The scuffed finish for his second goal in as many games was emblematic of Arsenal’s performance on the night. Had a few moments where his dribbling ability came to the fore as the Gunners looked to counter showing maturity beyond his years. 7.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Could hardly influence the game as he was forced to spend most of the game inside his own half. His quick thinking to play Smith Rowe in for the goal was critical on the night though. 6.

Substitutes

Hector Bellerin: Got forward well when he could after coming on and looked much more comfortable than Saka in the right wing back role. 6.

Alexandre Lacazette: Didn’t get a chance to offer much going forward but had some good moments defending at set pieces. 6.

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Calum Chambers: Came on too late to influence the game. n/a.



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