Chelsea v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: March 22, 2014 12.45 PM BST
A truly embarrassing performance from the Gunners. Going 2 down in 10 minutes, then a man down after a quarter of an hour. A generally poor performance from every player, with slight improvements in places during the second half. A final score of 6-0 to mark Wenger’s 1000th game, once again, embarrassing. Here are the player ratings:
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Wojciech Szczesny | 4.0: Not a good performance from the young Pole. He could do nothing for the first goal, or indeed several of the others, Schurrle’s goal however he remained rooted to the spot, and Oscar’s second goal he palmed into his own net. He made a couple of decent saves, but not enough to make up for his mistakes.
Bacary Sagna | 4.0: Anonymous at times, seemed to go missing during a number of Chelsea’s counter attacks.
Per Mertesacker | 3.5: Couldn’t cope with the pace of Chelsea’s counters, especially when he was given no support from his fullbacks or midfielders.
Laurent Koscielny | 3.0: Was sloppy on the ball, and made the wrong decisions defensively at times. Was subbed off at half time.
Keiran Gibbs | 2.5: Just like Sagna, he was completely anonymous. Chelsea’s counter attacks were more often than not coming down our left flank early on, and Gibbs was never even in the camera view. Unlucky to be blamed for Chamberlain’s hand ball and to see red, but he was shocking in the opening 15 minutes.
Mikel Arteta | 4.0: When Arsenal can’t control the game, Arteta suffers. He was outpaced and overrun in midfield, unable to dictate play or have any impact at all. He wasn’t giving enough support to his defence, but equally wasn’t getting enough support from his midfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 2.5: Crazy decision to hand ball in the area (made worse by the fact it was going wide), and the decision seemed to weigh on his mind and affect his game from that point onwards. He was giving the ball away even before the event though, it just wasn’t Chambo’s day.
Santi Cazorla | 4.5: Terrible ball retention by Santi, just like Arteta he was overrun and outnumbered in midfield, but kept trying to dribble his way through having no success. He was far better in the second half, but not good enough.
Tomas Rosicky | 5.0: Probably Arsenal’s best player today, and the player I would give MotM to if I thought any of them deserved it. He was energetic throughout, and constantly trying to make things happen, even if his ball retention was just as poor as the rest of the midfield. He gave the ball away too many times in dangerous areas, but from an attacking stand point he was the best Arsenal man on the pitch.
Lukas Podolski | 3.0: Anonymous in the first half, subbed off at half time.
Olivier Giroud | 4.0: Missed an early chance to put us in front, scuffing his shot and making it easy for Cech. Didn’t have much to work with, but was poor overall when he did get the ball.
Thomas Vermaelen | 4.0: Brought on first at left back, then moved to centre back at half time. Was poor at left back, and not much better in the centre.
Mathieu Flamini | 5.5: He made us slightly more stable in midfield, but couldn’t really do much to stem the Chelsea flow.
Carl Jenkinson | 5.5: It was a big ask bringing the youngster on into a game like this, with the team 4-0 down. He did ok at times.