Chelsea player ratings v Arsenal: Thiago Silva is one of the few bright sparks in disappointing display

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Abriel Magalhaes’ tap-in gave Arsenal a deserved victory at Chelsea to put them back at the top of the Premier League table.

Kai Havertz had the best chances for Chelsea with an unnamed Pierre Emerick Aubameyang before being substituted shortly after Arsenal’s goal.

Mikel Arteta’s side opened the scoring in the 63rd minute when Gabriel pushed in Bukayo Saka’s corner.

Chelsea remained stuck in seventh place with the defeat.

Nizaar Kinsella was at Stamford Bridge to watch the action…

Edouard Mendy – 6

Struggled to distribute early on but made a big save as he rushed past Gabriel Jesus in the 62nd minute. He was not at fault for the goal which was due to poor organization from set pieces.

Cesar Azpilcueta – 5

The Blues captain couldn’t keep up with young striker Gabriel Martinelli at times despite Ruben Loftus-Cheek doing his best to protect that flank. He was severely booked for a high tackle where he cleanly won the ball.

Thiago Silva – 8

He produced a superb last-minute block on international team-mate Gabriel Jesus after Loftus-Cheek lost the ball in the 20th minute. One of the rare bright sparks on Sunday afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah – 6

He had a busy game trying to stop rushing attacks and didn’t look out of place against the league leaders.

Marc Cucurella – 6

His tenacious defense gave a few early free kicks but not necessarily from bad positions. Bukayo Saka had joy running behind him. A mixed afternoon for the £63million signing.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6

Gave up the ball in a dangerous area early on but did what he could to minimize the impact of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martinelli down the Arsenal left.

Jorginho – 7

Good ball to release Raheem Sterling on the break late in the first half which created a shooting chance for Havertz. He was tidy throughout and heavily involved at both ends of the pitch.

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Mason mount – 5

He blocked a shot in the 21st minute after a good transition with Havertz and Sterling. His first corner was in the money, creating a half chance for Thiago Silva who took the lead. In the end, he couldn’t create enough and came out late for Christian Pulisic.

Kai Havertz – 4

Havertz was useless with Chelsea’s first chance to be blazed high and wide on a counterattack. He kept losing the ball and making the wrong call in the final third.

His poor defending at the near post allowed Arsenal’s corner to bounce into the box for Gabriel’s goal.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – 4

Booked for a cleats challenge on Ben White and failed to enter the first half as he was baited by fans at his former club. The image of the forward sitting angrily on the bench was great viewing for Arsenal fans.

Rahim Sterling – 7

A lively and creative start to the game, he created two chances for Havertz in the first half. His late cross proved threatening but was not read by Broja. A positive display.

Substitutes

Armando Broja – 7

The 21-year-old replaced Aubameyang in the 61st minute and immediately lifted his team. Almost created a chance with his direct dribble early on.

Conor Gallagher – 5

Had little impact on the game ahead for Havertz in an advanced midfield role.

Christian Pulisic – N/A

Mateo Kovacic – N/A

Unused substitutes: Marcus Bettinelli; Kalidou Koulibaly; Lewis Hall, Denis Zakaria; hakim ziyech


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