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[Ratings] Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: Martinelli stars but Mustafi woeful yet again

By on January 22, 2020

Arsenal battled with 10-men for much of the game to come from behind twice and salvage a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

It was a poor start by Arsenal and yet another individual error cost us. Shkodran Mustafi’s under-hit back-pass let in Tammy Abraham and David Luiz was gave away a penalty after bringing down the Chelsea striker. The penalty was the right call. The resulting red card certainly wasn’t as the double-jeopardy rule change in the summer meant Luiz should only have been shown a yellow as he tried to play the ball. But once again, the incompetent officials let us down. Jorginho converted the spot kick. 1-0 Chelsea and Arsenal [wrongly] down to 10-men in the 26th minute.

However, we battled well despite our man disadvantage and Gabriel Martinelli scored a stunning equaliser midway through the second half as he ran the length of the pitch before firing past Kepa for 1-1 following a break from a corner. N’Golo Kante’s slip helped him out but it was still a superb goal.

Chelsea then restored their lead in the 84th minute when Cesar Azpilicueta poked home following a corner but Arsenal refused to give up and Hector Bellerin curled home a wonderful equaliser from the edge of the box with his left foot to make it 2-2 in the 87th minute.

Neither side could find a last gasp winner so the points were shared at Stamford Bridge in a hugely entertaining game.

Here are my ratings:

Leno  7/10 | Made a number of solid saves to keep us in the game and played a key role in helping us get a point.

Bellerin  7.5/10 | What a return to the team! Looked a little rusty early on but grew into the game and fired home a superb equaliser late on. Great to have him back.

Mustafi  4/10 | Yet another catastrophic error from Mustafi. His under-hit backpass let Abraham in and led to Luiz giving away a penalty and being sent off. The frustrating thing about Mustafi is he actually plays reasonably well for 90% of games but ALWAYS has a stupid mistake in him that costs us. He also fell asleep for the second Chelsea goal. Needs to leave asap.

Luiz  4/10 | Reckless decision to dive in on Abraham. Should have gone to block the shot, not tackle the player. However, based on the double-jeopardy rule change, Luiz should only have been given a yellow as he was clearly attempting to win the ball. Another basic error gone against Arsenal by the VAR.

Saka  6.5/10 | Another solid display at left-back from the youngster. Dealt well with a tricky Hudson-Odoi but his crossing was very poor.

Xhaka  7/10 | Fair play, dropped back to centre-back when Luiz was sent off and did a great job. A warrior all game – although he did play Azpilicueta onside for the second goal.

Torreira  7/10 | Rolled up his sleeves and worked his socks off to get something from the game. Protected the back four and threw himself into every tackle. Cramped up at the end which shows how much he put in.

Pepe  6/10 | Arsenal needed more from him on the counter-attack but Pepe just didn’t deliver. A few flashes weren’t enough and should have gone at Emerson all game after the Chelsea man received an early booking.

Ozil  5/10 | Ozil really isn’t the player you want in your team when you’re down to 10-men in the first half. Had very little influence on the game and was eventually subbed.

Martinelli  8/10 | What a star! Showed superb confidence and composure to run the length of the pitch before cooly slotting past Kepa for 1-1. Never stops working and tracking back either. A special talent and we’re lucky to have him.

Lacazette  5/10 | Goal drought continues and Laca seems miles off the pace right now. His confidence is low, touch is poor and he seems heavy legged. However, he did work hard, dropping deep to offer another body when Chelsea attacked. Desperately needs a goal.

Subs:

Guendouzi  5/10 | Ran around a lot but didn’t always look like he had any purpose to his play.

Holding  6/10 | On for the last 10 minutes but should have started ahead of Mustafi.

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