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September 29, 2012 12:45 PM BST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 60101‎
 
42′ Gervinho
 
Juan Mata 53′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

The Blues snatch a priceless win from the Emirates Stadium despite being pushed back by the Gunners for the majority of the proceedings, and remain top of the league

By Liam Twomey at the Emirates Stadium

  • Vito Mannone
    83
    133
    2.50

    Vito Mannone

    Rarely tested by a Chelsea attack still looking for fluency, and the blame for both of the Blues' goals lay at the feet of Koscielny, not him.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    121
    115
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Handled the threat of an inconsistent Torres reasonably well and looked comfortable and commanding on the ball.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    77
    235
    1.50

    Laurent Koscielny Flop of the Match

    Far too timid when beaten by Torres for Chelsea's opener and further confused his goalkeeper by throwing himself towards Mata's goal-bound free-kick delivery for their second.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    177
    81
    3.00

    Carl Jenkinson

    No longer wears the look of a frightened schoolboy at this level. Acquitted himself well in attack and defence, both with and without the ball.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    125
    96
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Carried a real threat going forward and looks to have matured a lot, although his forays forward left him exposed defensively on a couple of occasions.

  • A. Diaby
    69
    132

    A. Diaby

    Had no time to make any real impact before injury forced his withdrawal just 17 minutes in.

  • Mikel Arteta
    194
    64
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Shielded his back four as well as could be expected for someone not born to the task, and it is to his credit that Chelsea's goals came from set-pieces rather than open play.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    74
    181
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Used the ball unfussily and intelligently until he was replaced by Walcott on 67 minutes.

  • Santi Cazorla
    190
    129
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Passed and probed constantly all over the opposition half, rarely putting a foot wrong as he did so. Another classy display of midfield playmaking.

  • Lukas Podolski
    137
    117
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Worked tirelessly across the front and forced a good save from Cech with a header before being replaced by Giroud with 23 minutes left.

  • Gervinho
    115
    134
    2.50

    Gervinho

    A typical Gervinho performance. Buzzed dangerously around the Chelsea box and took his goal in a manner Thierry Henry would have been proud of, but his efforts attracted as many groans as cheers from the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Substitutions

  • Olivier Giroud
    63
    209
    2.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Replaced Podolski with just over 20 minutes remaining but provided little more in the way of cutting edge.

  • Theo Walcott
    53
    146
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Brought on with 67 minutes gone on the right flank - was his manager making a point, perhaps? - he could not find the finishing product to go with his searing pace.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    122
    97
    2.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Looked lively and a willing runner for the majority of the afternoon after Diaby's early withdrawal, but the shooting ability which Arsene Wenger praised so highly in his matchday programme notes was nowhere to be seen.

  • Petr Cech
    246
    33
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Could do nothing about Gervinho's brilliantly-taken equaliser, and made a good stop to deny Podolski in the second half.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    203
    38
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    His usual muscular yet technically-adept presence at right-back, and it is to his credit that most of Arsenal's joy came down the opposite flank.

  • Ashley Cole
    183
    62
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Generally solid, although he was at fault for Gervinho's equaliser, allowing Oxlade-Chamberlain's low cross to worm it's way through his legs.

  • John Terry
    243
    53
    3.50

    John Terry

    Unflappable as ever after recent events and in the face of resounding and persistent boos, marshalling his defence extremely well.

  • David Luiz
    214
    45
    3.00

    David Luiz

    A couple of hairy moments aside, he was generally calm and composed alongside Terry, and his covering pace and sharp reading of the game was crucial to his side's defensive effort.

  • Oscar
    227
    90
    3.00

    Oscar

    Booked for a silly foul early on, he redeemed himself by showing glimpses of his class on the ball and working very, very hard off it.

  • John Obi Mikel
    220
    64
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Did the unglamorous job very well, and had none of the lapses in concentration which have undermined his recent performances.

  • Eden Hazard
    230
    97
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Drifted dangerously around the final third and, although he did not add to his assist tally, his mere presence was often enough to unsettle defenders and make space for his team-mates.

  • Ramires
    229
    49
    3.00

    Ramires

    Once again showed his energy and tireless running in the midfield and, a couple of ill-advised tackles aside, this was a very impressive display.

  • Fernando Torres
    331
    83
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    This was not the glorious Torres so often seen at Anfield, nor was it the limp and desolate Torres witnessed so often by Chelsea fans. It was somewhere in between but, as long as he scores more goals in big matches like this one, the doubters cannot talk too loudly.

  • Juan Mata
    309
    101
    4.00

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    The best player on the pitch. He tormented Arsenal in open play and his pinpoint set-pieces won his side the match. Once again, quite simply, he was the difference.

Substitutions

  • Gary Cahill
    174
    70
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    Came on to replace the booked David Luiz and helped his side withstand a late Arsenal onslaught.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    162
    80
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Linked up well with Hazard down the left and provided more protection for Cole on his introduction.

  • Victor Moses
    189
    76
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    A more direct presence going forward, he added width and strength to his side's attack.

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