Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

By on May 27, 2017 - 256 views

Arsenal upset the odds and prevented Antonio Conte from winning the double in his first season as Chelsea manager as the Gunners pulled off a 2-1 FA Cup final win at Wembley.

Alexis Sánchez opened the scoring inside four minutes with a controversial goal whereby the Chilean clearly handled the ball in the build up.

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men in the second half when Victor Moses was shown a second yellow card for a blatant dive inside the penalty area.

However, the Blues equalised through Diego Costa 15 minutes from time only for Aaron Ramsey to score moments later with a free header.

David Ospina denied Costa a second equaliser late on as Arsène Wenger lifted the FA Cup for a record seventh time.

Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea:

David Ospina 6 – The Colombian didn’t have much chance with the goal and didn’t have many difficult saves to make all game.

Rob Holding 8 – The youngster was very impressive having only recently broke into the first team.

Per Mertesacker 9 – The German was a rock at the back in keeping Eden Hazard ineffective.

Nacho Monreal 8 – A solid performance from the makeshift centre-back.

Héctor Bellerín 8 – Offered good support in attack from right wing back and prevented Marcos Alonso from being a big threat.

Aaron Ramsey 8 – A great run into space to score the winning goal and looked after the ball when in possession.

Granit Xhaka 8 – Got through the 90 minutes without picking up a single card; Granit Xhaka saw a lot of the ball and helped maintain possession for his side.  Was also useful in winning it back.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 – Not a big threat and did concede possession a fair few times before being replaced shortly after Arsenal went back in front.

Alexis Sánchez 9 – Another hardworking, man of the match performance from the Chilean superstar.  After scoring a controversial opener, Alexis Sánchez remained a threat to the Chelsea defence.

Mesut Özil 8 – A much better performance in a big game from the German who created a number of chances for his side and tested Thibaut Courtois too.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Didn’t see too many touches but did hit the frame of the goal.  Also worked hard in winning the ball back from the front.

Substitutes

Olivier Giroud (14 mins) N/A – Instant impact in setting up the winning goal.

Francis Coquelin (10 mins) N/A – Brought on to protect the defence and lead in the final 10 minutes.

Mohamed Elneny (1 min) N/A – Introduced in stoppage time to help see out the clock.

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