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Odegaard Gets 9, Xhaka With 8 | Arsenal Players Rated In Impressive Victory Vs Chelsea

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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 entertained Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a good result in the London derby. The Gunners made a quick start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 18th minute when Martin Odegaard found the back of the net. Odegaard doubled his team’s advantage just 13 minutes later before Gabriel Jesus made it 3-0 to Arsenal in the 34th minute. Mikel Arteta’s men went into the half-time break with a healthy three-goal advantage.

Noni Madueke scored a consolation goal for Chelsea in the 65th minute as the contest finished 3-1 in favour of the Gunners.

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

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10

Ramsale made a few decent saves at the back but will be disappointed after conceding a goal in the second half.

RB: Ben White – 7/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and made two key chances in the final third.

CB: Jakub Kiwior – 6.5/10

Kiwior gave a good account of himself on the defensive third of the pitch but failed to keep a clean sheet.

CB: Gabriel – 6.5/10

He did what was required of him at the back and was a threat in the final third.

Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes attempts a head at goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, in London, on May 2, 2023. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7/10

Zinchenko defended his penalty box well and was a strong presence in the air.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 9/10

He was a positive influence at both ends of the field and scored twice inside the first 31 minutes to give Arsenal an ideal platform to secure a convincing win tonight.

CM: Jorginho – 6.5/10

Jorginho kept the ball moving well but produced an uneventful display at the centre of the park.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 8/10

He caused a lot of problems for the opposition defenders and has got two assists to show for his efforts.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 7.5/10

Saka was a constant menace in the final third and won a couple of aerial duels as well.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 7.5/10

The Brazilian forward had a few bright moments in the game and scored Arsenal’s third goal in the 34th minute.

LW: Leandro Trossard – 7/10

He made two good chances in the final third and was replaced in the 58th minute.


LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 6/10

Martinelli hardly had any time to make an impact.

LB: Kieran Tierney – 6/10

He was solid at the back.

RW: Reiss Nelson – 6/10

Nelson offered very little after coming off the bench.

CB: Rob Holding – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

CM: Thomas Partey – N/A

Partey came on for the final few minutes of the contest.

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