Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal managed to steal a point from their trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday but they will feel that they could have taken more, after a creative performance in the first half. Chelsea failed to assert themselves on the game and though they came close to beating Petr Cech a couple of times, were hardly good enough to take more than a point.
Brazil star David Luiz picked up a late red for an unfortunate challenge on Sead Kolasinac but it had no effect on the game as both London clubs shared a point each. Here are the player ratings for the Gunners in this game:
Petr Cech (6):
Made a couple of decent saves and dominated his box well as Chelsea struggled to create enough chances on the night.
Laurent Koscielny (7):
Stuck to his task well on the night and was rarely tested by an off-colour Chelsea attack.
Shkodran Mustafi (7):
Was always on the shoulder of Alvaro Morata, giving him no space and time and also scored a goal that was later ruled off-side. A productive outing for the German.
Nacho Monreal (6):
Was caught out of position a couple of times but managed to avert the danger and did well to keep Chelsea at bay.
Hector Bellerin (7):
Made a couple of exciting moves in the final third in the first half and managed to hold his fort in the second in a complete performance from the Spaniard.
Aaron Ramsey (8):
One of his best performances in recent times, where he constantly troubled Chelsea’s back-line and almost scored after a mazy run.
Granit Xhaka (6):
Lost possession a couple of times but was a solid presence in the middle of the park, outmuscling the Chelsea midfield on more than one occasion.
Sead Kolasinac (6):
Got David Luiz sent off and almost got himself sent off in an eventful night for the Bosnian who felt the full wrath of the Premier League.
Alex Iwobi (6):
Did no harm to his reputation as he acted as the line between the midfield and attack and stuck to his strengths, before being subbed off.
Danny Welbeck (6):
Was unable to replicate his form from the previous games but created a few problems for the Chelsea defence none the less.
Alexandre Lacazette (5):
Bullied by Luiz, Lacazette missed a sitter on the night and failed to act as the spearhead for Arsenal, like they wanted him to when they broke their transfer record for him in the summer.
Alexis Sanchez (7):
Improved Arsenal’s urgency in the second half, creating a number of chances but just did not do well enough to win his side the game.
Olivier Giroud (6):
Added strength and height to the attacking lineup and a made a couple of sublime passes but like Sanchez, failed, to find the winner.
A substitution made by Wenger after he decided to go home with a point.