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October 3, 2010 4:00 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 41828‎
 
 
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Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

By Greg Stobart at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    329
    35
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Shots were flying towards his goal all afternoon but most of them missed the target. Stayed alert to keep out a curling effort from Arshavin in the first-half.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    273
    49
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Seldom ventured past the halfway line but won his battle against Arshavin being replaced by Ferreira in the 73rd minute.

  • Alex
    561
    30
    3.50

    Alex

    The net saved a poor Chelsea fan from having his head taken off. Added to a solid defensive display with 35-yard rocket that would be any goalkeeper in the world. Hobbled off in added time.

  • John Terry
    307
    40
    3.50

    John Terry

    Commanding performance from the captain inspired the title holders to another clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

  • Ashley Cole
    365
    34
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Had the last laugh as he responded to vile abuse from the visiting supporters with a great delivery to create Drogba's opener. Loves teaming up with the Ivorian against his former club and was a linesman's flag away from scoring himself.

  • Michael Essien
    491
    47
    4.00

    Michael Essien

    Another huge performance from the Ghanian midfielder. Too quick and too strong for the Arsenal midfield and showed no little guile with cute through balls to the forwards. Should have scored with first-half header and late chip.

  • John Obi Mikel
    333
    48
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Made some vital interceptions but struggled to come to terms with Arsenal's midfield movement. Nevertheless, provided a solid base as Chelsea played largely on the counter-attack. Replaced by Sturridge in 89th minute.

  • Ramires
    375
    64
    3.50

    Ramires

    The game seemed to be passing the Brazlian by before he showed why Chelsea splashed out £18million for his services with the tackle and superbly weighted pass in the build-up to the opener. Substituted for Zhirkov in 83rd minute.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    219
    127
    3.00

    Nicolas Anelka

    Had few sights on goal from isolated starting position on the right but his pace and eye for a pass were a constant threat as Chelsea played on the break.

  • Didier Drogba
    581
    68
    4.00

    Didier Drogba Top of the Match

    Sulks and frowns in defeat at Manchester City last weekend, snarls and smiles this week as he took his tally against Arsenal to 13 goals in as many games. The Gunners simply can't handle him.

  • Florent Malouda
    249
    62
    3.00

    Florent Malouda

    Not his best game but offered balance on the left while linking up well with Drogba. Early lob that just went over would have been a brilliant goal. Cute finish at the near post for the winner shows he has the touch to supplement his power.

Substitutions

  • Paulo Ferreira
    145
    93
    2.50

    Paulo Ferreira

    Replaced Ivanovic in 73rd minute, booked for foul on Rosicky.

  • Yuri Zhirkov
    147
    40
    0.00

    Yuri Zhirkov

    Replaced Ramires seven minutes from time.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    135
    37
    0.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Came on in 89th minute, had no time to make an impact.

  • Lukasz Fabianski
    270
    88
    3.00

    Lukasz Fabianski

    Shaky start would have worried Arsenal fans but grew in confidence. Athletically denied a powerful Drogba effort and had little chance with either goal.

  • Bacary Sagna
    94
    192
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Kept Malouda quiet but struggled with Cole's runs from deep and offered little attacking threat.

  • Sébastien Squillaci
    72
    181
    3.00

    Sébastien Squillaci

    Horror moment as he dallied on the ball and Anelka went through on goal, but in general dealt well with Chelsea's aerial deliveries to Drogba.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    94
    176
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Assured performance from Arsenal's summer signing. Impressive leaps in the air to challenge Drogba. Missed excellent chance with early header.

  • Gael Clichy
    80
    116
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Worked hard and made few errors defensively, by was shown up by Cole's attacking surges.

  • A. Diaby
    85
    133
    3.00

    A. Diaby

    Included in the side to deal with Chelsea's physicality and helped Arsenal control possession and territory for long spells of the afternoon. Replaced by Rosicky in the 70th minute.

  • Alexandre Song
    91
    187
    2.50

    Alexandre Song

    Played in front of the Arsenal defence but had little influence on proceedings.

  • Jack Wilshere
    196
    106
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Class act who is belying his tender years. Flitted in and out of the game but always looked like he could make something happen before being replaced by Emmanuel-Thomas in the 81st minute.

  • Samir Nasri
    161
    111
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    The visitors' main threat in the first-half and nearly scored the opener but his effort from the edge of the box drifted just wide. Faded after the break as he dropped deep in search of the ball.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    183
    239
    3.50

    Marouane Chamakh

    Showed in the first minute that he brings another dimension to Arsenal's game when he through himself at the ball to head just wide. Had two tame claims for penalties and could have been more clinical.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    160
    350
    2.50

    Andrey Arshavin Flop of the Match

    Great first-half effort kept out by Cech but subdued afternoon for the Russian before he was substituted three minutes from time.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    71
    158
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    70th minute substitute saw little of the ball.

  • Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
    53
    94
    0.00

    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

    Late substitute could not influence the game.

  • Carlos Vela
    49
    107
    0.00

    Carlos Vela

    Hardly touched the ball.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2