Chelsea player ratings vs Arsenal – Jorginho struggles as only one Blues star steps up

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Kepa Arriazbalaga

Brought back into the side almost certainly to get some match rhythm ahead of the FA Cup final against Leicester City on Saturday, the Spaniard had very little to do across the 90 minutes. His only meaningful moment of action came in the opening period and it was as the result of his own teammate.

Jorginho played an awful blind backpass towards the Chelsea goal and Kepa was perhaps a little out of position. He managed to scramble back to paw the ball away from the goal line, but Arsenal were able to then find the net through Emile Smith-Rowe.

The goal wasn’t directly down to an error from Kepa but these kinds of incidents do have a nasty habit of happening when he’s in goal. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s Mr. Dependable was back on the right of the back three and produced a largely assured display. He stood up well to the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 6

Thiago Silva

With Antonio Rudiger given the night off and Andreas Christensen out injured, Silva was pressed into action against the Gunners. He produced a composed performance in the heart of the back three and helped keep Aubameyang quiet for much of the game. 7

Kurt Zouma

Used on the left of the back three, Arsenal used Zouma as the trigger for their press. As soon as the Frenchman received the ball, the Gunners pounced and Chelsea struggled to build attacks as a result. Zouma didn’t have too much to do defensively but won’t be in the starting XI for the FA Cup final. 6

Reece James

Produced a stunning second-half performance against Man City but couldn’t carry that form into this game. James was eager to get forward in support but was either overlooked by his teammates or crowded out by a combination of Gabriel and Kieran Tierney. 6

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Jorginho

The Italian midfielder has been in excellent form for much of Tuchel’s tenure but he was very poor in the opening 45 minutes. His awful back pass led to the Arsenal opening and Jorginho was guilty of uncharacteristically giving away possession on several occasions.

He improved a little in the second period but Chelsea will need the 29-year-old to be far sharper and more proactive in possession against Leicester on Saturday. 5

Billy Gilmour

The young midfielder was handed a third consecutive Premier League start by Tuchel but struggled in the early stages with his position. However, as the half progressed, Gilmour became a more influential figure. He was able to find space in midfield and constantly attempted to pass forward to add pace to Chelsea’s attacks.

Gilmour was very much growing into the game but with the Blues trailing at half time, Tuchel made the rather harsh decision to bring off the 19-year-old at the interval and replace him with Callum Hudson-Odoi. 6

Ben Chilwell

Drew the ire of Thomas Tuchel throughout the opening period with the German unhappy with the England international’s distribution. Didn’t offer much of a threat in the final third when he did get forward. Should still be in the side at Wembley, however. 5

Mason Mount

Back in the starting XI having not featured against Man City, Mount started on the left of the Chelsea attack and there were a couple of nearly moments for the 22-year-old in the opening period. But he was left frustrated by Bernd Leno and then Mohamed Elneny.

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He was dropped into the double six alongside Jorginho in the second period and his influence on the contest wanted as a result. Ended up plugging gaps rather than fashioning chances. 6

Kai Havertz

Fresh given he also didn’t play at the weekend, the German fashioned the opening chance of the game himself when he reclaimed possession and then broke through on goal. Yet when it came to the finish, Havertz lacked composure and fired over.

Havertz struggled to find space to exploit against a deep Arsenal defence but he did twice go down in the Gunners’ penalty area under pressure only for the referee, and VAR, to wave away the appeals. 6

Christian Pulisic

The only one of the attacking three to keep his spot after the win at City, Pulisic was moved over to the right flank but struggled to have an impact.

His sole effort on goal in the opening 45 minutes was a tame header over the crossbar and while he did bundle the ball home in the second period from a corner, the winger was well offside in the build-up. 6

Substitutes

Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Billy Gilmour, HT)

Introduced at the break to add further creativity and pace into the Chelsea attack, Hudson-Odoi struggled to have an impact. 5

Olivier Giroud (for Kai Havertz, 65)

A rare outing for the French forward, Giroud did almost grab a late equaliser for the Blues but his close-range effort struck the crossbar. 5

Hakim Ziyech (for Cesar Azpilicueta, 78)

Tuchel’s last throw of the dice, Ziyech wasn’t able to create a chance for the Blues. 5

Source by Football London

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