Arsenal were completely dominated as they lost 6-0 at Chelsea today.
Arsene Wenger couldn’t have asked for a worse game and a worse result for his 1000th match in charge of the Gunners.
Arsenal were never at the races as early goals from Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle, equipped with an amazing blunder from referee Andre Marriner saw the Gunners slip to a 6-0 defeat against one of their Premier League title rivals.
Arsenal need to put the result behind them, move on and focus on the game against Swansea City this Tuesday where they’ll be looking to claw back the gap from Chelsea at the top of the league.
Here are our player ratings for today’s game.
Wojciech Szczesny – 4
The Pole actually had a decent start to the game and made some good saves but his confidence went as the Gunners slipped further behind. A bad mistake for one of the goals.
Bacary Sagna – 5
Not the best effort from the Frenchman. However, he was one of the only Arsenal players to keep his head up and snapped at some Chelsea heels throughout the game.
Per Mertesacker – 4
Wasn’t at the races at all today. Struggled with the pace and the movement and didn’t seem up for the fight once Arsenal went down to ten men.
Laurent Koscielny – 4
Similarly to the German he was just way off his usual standards. Needed to provide a bit more leadership and inspiration from the back and struggled with players drifting on and off of him.
Kieran Gibbs – 3
Harsh on Gibbs because he was sent off through no fault of his own and was only on the pitch for 15 minutes, but looked off the pace during that quarter of an hour.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 4
Struggled throughout the first-half before he was taken off. Didn’t seem to switch back on after Gibbs was sent off when it should have been him seeing the red card.
Mikel Arteta – 4
In reflection, it should have been Flamini starting the game. Arsenal needed Arteta to grab the team by the scruff of the neck during the start of the game but he looked lost and dazed by the first 20 minutes.
Tomas Rosicky – 5
Showed some good touches and skill during the match but never showed anything remotely dangerous. His head dropped.
Santi Cazorla – 4
This was a big game for the Spaniard in the absence of Mesut Ozil but much like his teammates, his head dropped and he appeared to concede defeat quite early.
Lukas Podolski – 3
Difficult to judge him because he was on the pitch for barely over 20 minutes. He was the man sacrificed once Gibbs had been shown the red card.
Olivier Giroud – 4
Could have scored early on but was otherwise quite poor. Looked uninterested when Arsenal needed him to work hard and make runs to try and offer them a way back into the game.
Thomas Vermaelen – 4
Was asked to play two different roles; left-back and left sided centre-back. Struggled in both.
Karl Jenkinson – 3
Perhaps thrown on for a little bit of experience but never got into the game. Struggled against Hazard.
Mathieu Flamini – 4
Injected a bit of aggression into the midfield but with Chelsea so far ahead, he didn’t seem to have any extra added motivation.