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April 21, 2012 12:45 PM BST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 60111‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Captain Robin van Persie wastes three good opportunities as Arsene Wenger's team lack fluency at home against the resilient Blues

By Wayne Veysey at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    140
    31
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Barely had a save of note to make but commanded his box with authority.

  • Bacary Sagna
    123
    36
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Fortunate not to concede an early penalty for hauling back Kalou but settled down to deliver a typically solid performance.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    178
    31
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Demonstrated his appetite for the physical battle by clattering Terry early on and never allowed Torres the space to create any mayhem.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    243
    26
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Made a string of excellent interceptions, headers and recovery tackles to make up for some occasionally dozy positioning.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    151
    32
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Made some dangerous forward surges and defended with far greater comfort than many would have imagined.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    126
    46
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Looked lively early on in the playmaker role but faded as the game wore on and replaced by Diaby with 25 minutes left.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    59
    195
    2.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Recalled in place of the injured Mikel Arteta, he looked out of sorts and ill at ease alongside Song in central midfield.

  • Alex Song
    160
    47
    3.50

    Alex Song

    Looked out of sync alongside Ramsey early on but began to take control with some excellent distribution. Created an excellent first-half chance for van Persie with perceptive pass

  • Robin van Persie
    167
    94
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Fizzed with menace and commitment but let down by some sub-standard finishing. Hit the woodwork from two yards in the first period and denied by outstanding Cech blocks at the end of each half.

  • Theo Walcott
    46
    145
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Looked dangerous only in patches and hobbled off with half-an-hour left after pulling up with a hamstring injury he had originally felt five minutes previously. Could be the end of his domestic season.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    96
    73
    3.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Lively and confident on the left flank but his decision-making was haphazard and replaced by Santos with 20 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Andre Santos
    89
    57
    2.50

    Andre Santos

    Enjoyed his attacking role on the left flank but looked a square peg in a round hole.

  • A. Diaby
    84
    61
    3.00

    A. Diaby

    Hit-and-miss display in central midfield after Ramsey was pushed forward following Rosicky's withdrawal.

  • Gervinho
    107
    48
    3.00

    Gervinho

    The odd nice touch but lacked cutting edge.

  • Petr Cech
    318
    34
    4.00

    Petr Cech Top of the Match

    Followed his brilliant midweek display with another agile and commanding performance. Made a brilliant block from van Persie just before half-time and another crucial one from the Arsenal skipper late on.

  • José Bosingwa
    58
    80
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    The hearts of Chelsea fans would have been in their mouths whenever an Arsenal attacker ran at their jumpy right-back but the Portugese grew in authority as the game progressed.

  • Gary Cahill
    178
    34
    3.50

    Gary Cahill

    Built on his excellent midweek performance with another steely display at centre-back. Made some key interceptions and rarely allowed van Persie to wriggle free into space.

  • John Terry
    163
    31
    3.50

    John Terry

    His ribs would have been more than tickled by Vermaelen's robust early challenge but chanelled his anger into a commanding display at the back.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    152
    42
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Proved an able deputy for the rested Ashley Cole with a bright display at left-back. Kept his concentration well to nullify Walcott's threat. Subbed late on for Cole.

  • Michael Essien
    151
    55
    3.50

    Michael Essien

    Classy display in the midfield heartlands but was more effective without the ball than with it. Lacked the burst of pace needed to support the front three.

  • Oriol Romeu
    98
    56
    3.00

    Oriol Romeu

    Looked rusty after such a long spell on the sidelines but was neat in possession and kept a close check on Arsenal's midfield runners. Subbed late on.

  • Florent Malouda
    54
    161
    3.00

    Florent Malouda

    Received a gash on his cheekbone after colliding with Sagna around the half-hour mark but it did not dull his appetite for the physical battle in an unfamiliar central midfield role. Made some important defensive interceptions.

  • Fernando Torres
    331
    72
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Kept the Arsenal back four on their guard with his energy and excellent work ethic but never looked like getting a sniff of a decent chance, never mind the goal he would have needed to start in Barcelona.

  • Salomon Kalou
    47
    183
    2.50

    Salomon Kalou

    Zoomed into some dangerous positions but didn't know quite what to do when he got there. Might have won an early penalty had he not delayed his fall by one step. Subbed with 15 minutes left.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    102
    340
    2.00

    Daniel Sturridge Flop of the Match

    His tendency to spend too much time on the ball was a frustrating one for Chelsea, who would have expected him to get more joy against Gibbs. Wasted some good positions on the counter-attack.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Cole
    108
    59
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    The biggest cheer of the day came when the former Gooner was booked for fouling van Persie. Not that he allowed it to bother him in a classy late cameo.

  • John Obi Mikel
    121
    58
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    His calmness and simple ball retention restricted Arsenal's opportunities in the last half-hour.

  • Juan Mata
    80
    130
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    His passing lacked its normal quality.

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
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0