PLAYER RATINGS: Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey And Alexis Sánchez Shine For Arsenal

PLAYER RATINGS: Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey And Alexis Sánchez Shine For Arsenal
May 27, 2017

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Today’s clash between Arenal and Chelsea served up a taste of why the FA Cup hasn’t lost its magic. The Gunners ran out as 2-1 winners after Alexis Sánchez’s opener was cancelled out by Diego Costa, however, super-sub Olivier Giroud’s superb assist was met by none other than Aaron Ramsey, who also scored the winner in the 2014 FA Cup final.

Today’s win set two new records for Arsenal. It meant the club has now won 13 FA Cup titles, more than any other club in the competition’s history. The second, making Arsène Wenger a history maker. The Frenchman has now won the trophy on seven occasions, more than any other manager in history.

It’s unlikely one game will alter the mind of Wenger on his future, however, if he was to accept change at the club, today’s result could be the springboard to a better Arsenal, and a better Arsène Wenger.

Arsenal:

David Ospina: 7

The Columbian was given the go-ahead to start over Petr Čech and made some impressive saves. However, should have done better as Diego Costa’s effort flew in past his weak hand.

Héctor Bellerín: 7

The Spaniard was booed and taunted by Arsenal fans earlier in the year but was superb today. His speed on the counter left Chelsea worried, held his own against Eden Hazard.

Rob Holding: 8

Superb game from the 21-year-old. Had not started a game with Per Mertesacker all season, but the duo looked more like David Luiz and Gary Cahill than the Chelsea duo did.

Per Mertesacker: 9

The German had not started a game all season but that wasn’t recognisable from his performance. Despite getting a deflection on Diego Costa’s goal, the BFG continuously helped Arsenal with last ditch tackles or blocks. My man of the match.

Nacho Monreal: 8

The Spanish left-back was exquisite throughout the 90 minutes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7

Played well however didn’t steal the show. Perhaps not best suited to left wing-back.

Granit Xhaka: 9

Superb performance from the Switz midfielder. Outshone Nemanja Matic, N’Golo Kanté and Cesc Fàbregas in the middle of the park, very disciplined game as Aaron Ramsey was allowed freedom due to Xhaka’s positional sense.

Aaron Ramey: 9

The Welshman covered 14.4km today, an FA Cup final record. Took his goal expertly and gave his all.

Mesut Özil: 9

Controlling performance from the German. Despite everything he tried not coming off, the midfielder didn’t hide and persevered. Game went under the radar as Ramsey and Sánchez stole the show.

Alexis Sánchez: 9

Incredible as ever, working hard in every second of the game. His goal was controversial but taken extremely well. Final ball and his passing range was very impressive.

Danny Welbeck: 7

Stretched the Chelsea defence. Unlucky to hit the post but taken off for Giroud late on who assisted the winner.

Chelsea:

Thibaut Courtois: 6

Kept Chelsea in the game at times in the first-half. Relieved pressure from corners and set the team on the counter quickly.

Victor Moses: 3

Was having a good game until he stupidly got himself sent off for diving when he didn’t need to, on a yellow card at the time as well.

Gary Cahill: 7

Only Chelsea defender that put in the same shift as usual. Two incredible goal-line clearances.

David Luiz: 5

The Brazilian has proven critics wrong all season, however, today wasn’t his day. Didn’t perform bad, but didn’t look as assured as usual. Skinned by Héctor Bellerín who nearly scored afterwards.

César Azpilicueta: 7

Not as great as usual but wasn’t one who let his team down. Consistent as always.

Marcos Alonso: 5

Did little to impact the game. Skied a free-kick in a good position.

N’Golo Kanté: 6

Wasn’t the best game in the player of the year’s season, outshone by Xhaka, however Nemanja Matic did little to help his midfield partner out.

Nemanja Matic: 3

Poor game all around. Failed to support Kanté as Arsenal’s midfield ran the show.

 Pedro Rodríguez: 7

Chelsea’s most influential player. From the first whistle, he was the only one who turned up and tried to make things happen. Let down by his team-mates.

Eden Hazard: 5

Did absolutely nothing. I rate him as the best player in the Premier League but he failed to inspire Chelsea to victory as he has done so many times this season.

Diego Costa: 6

Back to his old self, Costa was more worried about fighting with Rob Holding at times. Much better in the second-half and got Chelsea back in the game. It wasn’t to be, though.

 

 

 

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