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Chelsea extended the gap at the top of the table to 12 points as they beat Arsenal 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

But how did the players fare?

Here are Charlie Doris' player ratings.


Thibaut Courtois – Imperious as ever. Didn’t have a massive amount to do but was impressive when called upon. Made an excellent stop to deny Gabriel in the first half. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta – Once again showed why he is one of Chelsea’s players of the season. The Spaniard didn’t give Alexis Sanchez a moment’s peace and continued his impressive run as a centre half. 8

David Luiz – There wasn’t a great deal required from the Brazilian defensively but his tendency to step up and play as a third central midfielder helped the Blues get around Arsenal’s high pressing game. 6

Gary Cahill – The England centre back was strong and reliable and dealt with the pace of Walcott without any trouble. Denied the flying winger from tapping home in the second half with a heroic last-ditch block. 7

Victor Moses – Chelsea’s most improved player justified once again why he has become so important for the club. Ventured forward like a steam train and didn’t give Iwobi any joy down the left flank. 8

Chelsea's first goalscorer Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso – Crazy to think that this is the same Alonso that played for Bolton all those years ago. Gave the Blues great balance on the flanks with Moses and embodied the difference between the two sides with his ruthlessness for the opener. 8

Nemanja Matic – The Serb didn’t have it all his own way in the midfield battle during the first half but, alongside Kante, assumed control after the break. All title winning sides need players that do the unnoticed dirty work and Matic provides that service. 7

N’Golo Kante – Easily the most energetic player the Premier League has ever seen. Work rate and pressing was second to none. Gobbled Ozil and Sanchez up on a number of occasions and made the pair look very ordinary. 9

Eden Hazard – Another superb performance from one of the league’s best players, Hazard was absolutely electric from start to finish and took the game away from Arsenal with a goal which will go down as one of the best this fixture has ever seen. 9

Chelsea winger Pedro

Pedro – The former Barcelona man didn’t offer the same sort of threat going forward as Hazard but showed again how Conte has moulded him into a tireless worker. The winger was a nuisance to the opposition out of possession. 7

Diego Costa – Not the Spain international’s best game but Costa worked as a decent foil to bring the likes of Hazard and Pedro into the game. Strong header to give Alonso the opportunity to score. 6


Petr Cech – Couldn’t do much about the first two goals and had the displeasure of watching his defence capitulate under the pressure of a big game. Uncharacteristic mistake led to Chelsea’s third and the final nail in the coffin. A disappointing return to his former club. 6

Hector Bellerin – Mismatched against Costa and Alonso for the first goal and picked up an injury for his trouble. Left in no mans land by his teammates and didn’t stay on long enough to make an impression. 5

Shkodran Mustafi – The German defender went 22 games unbeaten as an Arsenal player but will have been brought back down to reality after two dismal defeats. Signed by Wenger to maintain control at the back but did anything but. 5

Shkodran Mustafi

Laurent Koscielny – The experienced defender got dragged out wide for Chelsea’s first goal and missed two tackles on Hazard during the Chelsea star’s incredible run for the second. A day to forget. 4

Nacho Monreal – Not Arsenal’s worst performer by any means but let down by the rest of his defence. The Spaniard was isolated on the left flank for Chelsea’s first but crossed well for Giroud’s goal late on. 6

Francis Coquelin – The Frenchman is well thought of at the Emirates but he was given a midfield masterclass by Kante and Matic. Should’ve taken Hazard down in the build-up to his solo goal and then spent the majority of the second half on his back side. 4

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – The England international put in a plucky display in an unfamiliar central midfield position and tried to make things happen for the Gunners. Showed throughout the first half that he’s prepared to muck in and defend for his team. 6

Alex Iwobi – One of the Premier League’s biggest emerging talents found it difficult to operate in such a high intensity game. Looked bright in spurts but struggled to penetrate a resilient Chelsea defence. 5

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil – Ozil has been criticised in the past for going missing in big games and his display at Stamford Bridge was another example of this. Needed too much time on the ball and was pickpocketed more often than not by Kante and Matic. 4

Theo Walcott – Barely heard his name mentioned throughout proceedings which is why his comment will be rather short. Clearly out of his depth and let Alonso go for Chelsea’s first goal. 4

Alexis Sanchez – Arguably his worst game for Arsenal. So often has he been the hero for the Gunners but this was not one of his best days. The Chelsea back three swarmed all over him at every opportunity. 5

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