Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Sagna and Ozil the Gunners’ best
The hosts had the lion’s share of the ball, but only started to get glimpses of Petr Cech’s goal in the last 20 minutes.
Despite a number of half chances, Arsene Wenger’s men were unable to fashion anything meaningful and will have to make do with a point. This means that the north Londoners move into second place in the table.
Here are the Arsenal player ratings for the game.
Wojciech Szczesny – 6/10
Not overly worked by Chelsea, but did everything he needed to with relative composure.
Kieran Gibbs – 6/10
Wasteful in possession in the first half, Gibbs had a better second 45 and almost created the winner for Giroud with a low cross.
Bacary Sagna – 7/10
A constant outlet for the hosts, Sagna took up some excellent attacking positions and whipped in a delightful cross in the first half. Kept Chelsea dangerman Eden Hazard quiet also.
Per Mertesacker – 7/10
A solid showing from the giant German, who dealt with the threat of Fernando Torres well.
Thomas Vermaelen – 7/10
Came into the side and apart from a skewed backpass in the first half looked comfortable throughout. Made some timely challenges also.
Mikel Arteta – 7/10
The Spaniard won the ball back on repeated occasions and anchored the home side’s midfield well. Relatively good in possession also.
Aaron Ramsey – 6/10
A quiet evening for the in-form midfielder, who found it difficult to find space due to Chelsea’s three-man central midfield.
Tomas Rosicky – 7/10
Tried his best to inspire his side to victory, and was as hard working and committed as ever.
Theo Walcott – 6/10
Not given any real opportunities to hit Chelsea on the break and was on the periphery of things for the majority of the match.
Mesut Ozil – 7/10
Looked the most likely to create something to win the match. Ozil played a delightful pass for Giroud to have a shot wide and drifted into dangerous positions throughout the clash.
Olivier Giroud – 6/10
Had fleeting sights of goal, but capped off a frustrating evening by scuffing Arsenal’s best chance of the match wide of Petr Cech’s goal.