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Saturday 24 March 2018

How did the new lads fare? Player ratings from Arsenal's Community Shield win over Chelsea

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette (right) and Reiss Nelson celebrate
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette (right) and Reiss Nelson celebrate

Arsenal won the Community Shield following a 4-1 penalty shoot-out over Chelsea following a 1-1 draw. Here is how the players rated.


PETR CECH: Nothing the Arsenal goalkeeper could do with Victor Moses' strike and made a couple of smart saves when called upon. 6 (out of 10).

ROB HOLDING: Caught flat-footed for Chelsea's goal but was given a tough assignment running the Arsenal defence as the only recognised centre-back after Mertesacker's injury. 5.

PER MERTESACKER: Had a dream outing in Arsenal's FA Cup win over the Blues in May but his afternoon was cut short here after a cut to the head led to him being forced off. 6.

NACHO MONREAL: Now appears to be a permanent option at the centre of defence for manager Arsene Wenger and stepped in well to patrol the back-three following Mertesacker's substitution. 6.

HECTOR BELLERIN: Struggled in his tussle with fellow Spaniard Marcos Alonso but did offer something of a threat at times. 6.

MOHAMED ELNENY: With Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin injured this was a chance for the Egypt international to lay down a marker but he failed to impose himself. 6.

GRANIT XHAKA: Looks more comfortable in a true central midfield role but saw little of the ball and his poor clearance led to Moses' opening goal. Tested Thibaut Courtois with a rasping effort. 6.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: Again playing out of position as the left wing-back but still ran himself into the ground. 6.

ALEX IWOBI: Perhaps a surprise starter, the pacy forward caused plenty of problems for the Chelsea defence. 7.

DANNY WELBECK: Saw an early headed chance saved and his acceleration got him in behind at times but not enough of a goal threat from the former Manchester United man. 7.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE: Arsenal's new club-record signing hit the post with a curling strike in the first-half but was well-marshalled and looks like he may need time to adapt to English football. 6.


SEAD KOLASINAC (for Mertesacker, 32 minutes): The new recruit came on into a new-look back-three and showed the strength and aggression before turning goalscoring hero with his equalising header. 7.

OLIVIER GIROUD (for Lacazette, 66): Offers something different to Lacazette but was largely on the periphery of the contest. 6.

THEO WALCOTT (for Iwobi, 66): Like Giroud, was brought on to alter the game in Arsenal's favour but also struggled to stamp his authority on proceedings. 6.

REISS NELSON (for Welbeck, 87): The 17-year-old enjoyed an impressive pre-season with the Gunners and would have enjoyed a fleeting Wembley run-out. 5.


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Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata comes on as a substitute to replace Michy Batshuayi

THIBAUT COURTOIS: Made some regulation saves and made hard work of some of them. Missed his penalty. 6.

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Arsenal's three-pronged attack stretched Chelsea but the Spain defender handled it well. 7.

DAVID LUIZ: Solid and dependable performance from the Brazil defender. 7.

GARY CAHILL: Now club captain and seeking to fill the void left by John Terry. Made a good start. 7.

VICTOR MOSES: Scored and celebrated with a dive following his sending off in the FA Cup final. Exposed defensively. 7.

CESC FABREGAS: Tried to orchestrate proceedings against his old club, but little came off. 6.

N'GOLO KANTE: Effective, but not as influential as last season. 7.

MARCOS ALONSO: Seemed slightly off the pace in attack and defence. Booked in the first half following a series of late tackles. 5.

WILLIAN: Eden Hazard's injury provides an opportunity, but Willian did not fully grasp it on this occasion. 6.

MICHY BATSHUAYI: Isolated and struggled to get into the game. Replaced by Alvaro Morata. 6.

PEDRO: Playing with a face mask following the injury in the Beijing friendly, his pace caused Arsenal problems. 7.


ALVARO MORATA (for Batshuayi, 74): Headed wide from an offside position and missed his penalty on a disappointing first Chelsea appearance in England. 6.

ANTONIO RUDIGER (for Alonso, 78): Slotted in well back-to Chelsea's three, allowing Azpilicueta to push forwards. 6.

CHARLY MUSONDA (for Willian, 82): Tried to inject some pace and invention, but had little time to do so. 6.

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