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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Arsenal faced off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier tonight as they looked to pick a positive result in the London derby. The Gunners made a bright start to the game as they got their noses ahead in the 13th minute courtesy of Eddie Nketiah’s goal. However, Timo Werner equalised for Chelsea just four minutes later with a deflected goal. Emile Smith Rome restored Arsenal’s advantage with a fine finish in the 27th minute. However, just five minutes later, Cesar Azpilicueta found the leveler as both sides went into the half-time break with a 2-2 scoreline.

Nketiah managed to find the back of the net in the 57th minute which gave the Gunners a narrow lead once again. Bukayo Saka went on to wrap up the points for the visitors in injury-time when he scored from the penalty spot. The match ended with Mikel Arteta’s men earning a superb 4-2 win in the English capital.

Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player performed during the match against the Blues.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 6/10

Ramsdale didn’t have a save to make in the game but will be disappointed after conceding two goals in the first half.

RB: Ben White – 6.5/10

He worked hard on the defensive end of the field but offered very little going forward.

CB: Rob Holding – 7/10

Holding cleared the danger when needed and made one important interception at the back.

CB: Gabriel – 7/10

He made a lot of important clearances inside his half and got stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 20: Mikel Arteta celebrates with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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LB: Nuno Tavares – 6/10

Tavares tried to keep a good shape at the back and engineered one good chance in the final third.

CM: Mohamed Elneny – 7/10

He earned the ball back a few times for his side and was good on the ball as well.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 6.5/10

Xhaka offered decent protection for his backline at times and made a couple of decent runs from midfield.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10

Saka made a few crucial interceptions and got his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot late in the game.

CAM: Martin Odegaard – 7/10

He made a few inviting opportunities in the final third and has got an assist to show for his effots.

LW: Emile Smith Rowe – 7.5/10

Smith Rowe had a few lively moments in the opposition half and deserves credit for scoring with a great finish in the first half.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 9/10

The English striker was a constant threat up top and managed to score a goal in each half to help his team win this game.


ST: Gabriel Martinelli – 6/10

He added some pace to Arteta’s attack.

CB: Cedric Soares – 6.5/10

Soares came on to see out the three points.

ST: Alexandre Lacazette – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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