Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings

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Chelsea finished with 10 men for the third match in a row against Arsenal, following David Luiz’s late red card. Here’s how we rated the Blues players in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Thibaut Courtois: 6

He made a couple of relatively straightforward saves in the first half but had practically nothing to do therafter. His kicking was solid and handling safe.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

A solid defensive display as always. His positional play, awareness and ability to sense danger stood out and he used the ball smartly when he had the chance.

David Luiz: 6

Chelsea’s outstanding player in the first period, Luiz read the game superbly, making several timely interceptions and clearances. He continued to shine before losing his head completely and marring his display by deservedly getting sent off late on for a dangerous lunging tackle on Sead Kolasinac.

Gary Cahill: 6

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The captain regained his place following his ban, but looked nervy on the ball and resorted to a more no-nonsense approach after almost being caught in possession on several occasions in the opening 45 minutes. Cahill settled after the break and looked far happier when Chelsea changed tactics to ensure more of a shield in front of the back three.

Victor Moses: 7

He had his hands full defensively and was therefore not at his most potent in attack. Moses had plenty of possession but rarely had the chance to attack space against a packed Arsenal rearguard.

N’Golo Kante: 8

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Impressed throughout but was at his very best in the final stages, nicking possession in defence and surging forward safe in the knowledge he had great cover around him. In the big games, he clearly benefits from having a more mobile midfielder alongside him.

Cesc Fabregas: 6

Controlled the midfield in the first 10 minutes, when Chelsea were on top. Played in Pedro with an exquisite pass during that spell, but was chasing shadows for the rest of the half as the Gunners took control. Looked more comfortable with less defensive responsibility when he was pushed forward.

Marcos Alonso: 8

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Chelsea’s best player, Alonso was reliable in defence and a constant presence in attack. He always provided an outlet on the left flank and rarely wasted the ball.

Pedro: 6

He missed a great chance to score when through one-on-one in the first half, but was Chelsea’s best attacking threat despite limited support before going off at half-time after picking up an injury.

Willian: 6

Had a frustrating afternoon trying to find space against a well organised and unusually disciplined Arsenal defence. Willian was sharp and typically busy throughout, but his final ball was too often not up to scratch.

Alvaro Morata: 6

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Looked dangerous in the air and his hold-up play was good. Morata also made several probing runs, but was too easily riled by Arsenal’s physicality which led to his yellow card.

Tiemoue Bakayoko: 7

The Frenchman’s introduction at the interval changed the complexion of the match, putting an end to Arsenal’s dominance in midfield. His power and calmness in possession set up numerous good attacking situations as Chelsea had the better of a cagey second half.

Eden Hazard: 6

Came on with just over 20 minutes remaining and was lively and sharp. The Belgian could easily have scored after one fine run and competed well, demanding possession and riding some tough challenges.