Arsenal v Chelsea: Match in pictures
Chelsea put in one of their worst performances of the season on Saturday as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal. But who really let the Blues down against their London rivals and who tried to turn things around?
Chelsea were completely overrun by underperforming Arsenal on Boxing Day as they missed out on the chance to go back into the top four.
After an even first half an hour, the Gunners drew blood first as Alexandre Lacazette slotted in a penalty after Reece James brought down Kieran Tierney clumsily.
Arsenal doubled their lead with a stunning free-kick from Granit Xhaka just before half-time, while Bukayo Saka’s chip made it three for the hosts 10 minutes after the break.
Chelsea did grab one back not long before the final whistle courtesy of Tammy Abraham and VAR, which was a small silver lining on an otherwise frankly disappointing evening, which ended with a penalty from Jorginho being saved by Bernd Leno.
Edouard Mendy – 5
Not necessarily at fault for any of Arsenal’s goals, but the Senegal stopper would never have predicted he’d concede three against the Gunners.
Reece James – 4
Could have avoided giving away a penalty which kick started the win for Arsenal. Failed to put in his usual dangerous crosses.
Thiago Silva – 6
Tried to marshall a pretty woeful defence and fulfilled his own duties with minimal fuss.
Kurt Zouma – 5
Didn’t look all that interested in truth, and will need to go back to the drawing board if he wants to keep his place.
Ben Chilwell – 5
Showed little of what he usually does on the left hand side, was kept quiet by Hector Bellerin.
N’Golo Kante – 5
Not the Frenchman’s finest game, but wasn’t all that involved in fairness.
Mason Mount – 7
Was Chelsea’s main creative spark, and came closest to grabbing them a goal by hitting the spot with a free-kick.
Mateo Kovacic – 5
Had little impact on the game in defence or attack and probably deserved to be hooked at half time.
Christian Pulisic – 7
Used his pace to good effect and kept on trying, but could never find that killer ball to unlock the Arsenal defence.
Tammy Abraham – 6
Has been desperate to start more games, but was fairly lifeless before VAR overturned his chalked off goal.
Timo Werner – 5
Once again failed to make an impact. Desperately needs to turn things around to avoid being a huge flop.
Jorginho – 4
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 6
Havertz – 6
Hudson-Odoi set up Abraham’s strike to show his credentials for a starting place. Jorginho’s missed penalty was another blip for the Italian.
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