Petr Cech produced a mature and sensational display against his former side to cement the belief that he could yet be the difference between the two sides come the end of the season.
Cech, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny positioned in front of him, kept Chelsea at bay as we finally ended the hoodoo against Jose Mourinho.
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Here’s how our players fared at Wembley.
GK) Petr Cech – 8
In what was certainly an emotional affair, Cech was focused and professional as he looked to keep the back door shut to hand us the victory. One smart stop from an Oscar free-kick was a memorable moment.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 6
Bellerin, who may now be our first choice right back, struggled with his play on the ball and squandered possession in dangerous areas.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 8
Led the side well and was always in the right place at the right time. Following a long summer break, Mertesacker’s international retirement may finally benefit us.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 8
During a period in the second half where Chelsea looked dangerous, they couldn’t find a way past Koscielny who put his body on the line for the cause.
LB) Nacho Monreal – 7
Another assured display from the Spaniard. Kieran Gibbs must learn from Monreal’s defensive security and calmness in possession if he’s to win his place back.