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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings

Eden Hazard, right, was to the fore in Chelsea's win
Eden Hazard, right, was to the fore in Chelsea's win

CHELSEA

THIBAUT COURTOIS: The Belgian was forced into a smart save from Gabriel and had a nervy moment with a misplaced clearance early on but was largely untested in the Chelsea goal, though he will be unhappy at conceding late on. 6 (out of 10)

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Largely untroubled afternoon for the Spaniard. 7.

DAVID LUIZ: Continues to impress following his shock summer return and played his part in another clean sheet for Antonio Conte's side. 7.

GARY CAHILL: The England man was cool, calm and collected in dealing with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott. 7.

VICTOR MOSES: Solid if unspectacular display from the wing-back. 7.

NEMANJA MATIC: Such a commanding presence against Arsenal's almost makeshift midfield duo. 7.

N'GOLO KANTE: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term fan and it is easy to see why. Dominates almost every game he plays and showed a range of passing to match his tenacity in the tackle. 8

MARCOS ALONSO: Fourth league goal of the season put Blues ahead. 7.

PEDRO: Chased and harried the Arsenal defence at every opportunity having been recalled to the starting line-up. 8

EDEN HAZARD: Magnificent solo effort to double Chelsea's lead and continues to show last season was a mere blip as he looks as good as ever - if not better. 9.

DIEGO COSTA: Bullied the defence in the way he has always done and will be ultimately frustrated on a personal level that he did not hit a goal for himself. 7.

SUBSTITUTES -

CESC FABREGAS (for Hazard, 84): The former Arsenal midfielder was presented with a great chance to tuck away the third goal and did just that. 6.

WILLIAN (for Pedro, 84): Little chance to stake a claim for a return to the starting line-up. 5

KURT ZOUMA (for Moses, 88): A time-wasting change from Conte. 5.

ARSENAL

PETR CECH: The former Chelsea stopper was slow to react before Alonso opened the scoring and gifted former Gunner Fabregas the third with a sloppy clearance. 5.

HECTOR BELLERIN: Forced off after early collision with Alonso, which saw Chelsea take the lead and Bellerin crumpled in a heap. 5.

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI: Despite signing for big money and plenty of expectation, the German still struggles in some games and never got to grips with Chelsea's attacking talent. 5.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Could not captain Arsenal to a rare Stamford Bridge success and, like Mustafi, was seemingly fighting a losing battle against the Blues frontmen. 6.

NACHO MONREAL: Prevented from offering much as an attacking force, the Spaniard did toil and worked hard for the team. 6.

FRANCIS COQUELIN: Attempted to foul Hazard in the build-up to Chelsea's second but instead was left in a spin. Struggled with no natural midfield partner. 6.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: Operating in a deeper, central role the England international was one of Arsenal's best performers on a forgettable afternoon. 7.

THEO WALCOTT: Lost Alonso as he came in to put Chelsea ahead and had little opportunity to make an impact at the right end of the pitch. 6.

MESUT OZIL: Often superb but sometimes invisible, this was an average display from Arsenal's record signing. Dawdled in possession at one stage in the first half when he should have got a shot away. 5.

ALEX IWOBI: Did not operate as the out-and-out winger Gunners fans have become accustomed to and did not fully get to grips with his more central responsibilities. 5.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Another frustrating 90 minutes for the Chilean workhorse, who chased every ball and hassled every Chelsea defender in possession but did not test Courtois all afternoon. 6.

SUBSTITUTES -

GABRIEL (for Bellerin, 17): Wasted a great chance to equalise and is not a natural full-back. 5.

OLIVIER GIROUD (for Coquelin, 65): Struck the consolation to keep his own recent good form going. 7.

DANNY WELBECK (for Walcott, 70): The game was all but over before the former Manchester United man was introduced but worked hard to get involved. 6.

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