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Havertz Superb, Loftus-Cheek Elegant – Chelsea Half Time Player Ratings vs Arsenal



Edouard Mendy

Some very confident claims early on dampened down a feverish home crowd. Beaten all ends up when Lacazette hitting the post. Not really stretched after a feverish Arsenal start. 7

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Back at wing-back once again but this time on the left and made mincemeat of Calum Chambers early on, setting up a chance for Loftus-Cheek. Gassed Pablo Mari in first half injury time too. Looks a player bang in-form right now. 7

Kurt Zouma

Fellow Frenchman Alex Lacazette tried to rough Zouma up early but the Chelsea defender was having none of it. Got away with a clumsy tackle on the edge of the box on Aubameyang. 6

Trevoh Chalobah

Played in the middle of the three centre backs and was very comfortable in possession. Solid as a clean sheet was kept at the break. 6

Antonio Rudiger

Skippered the team on his first run-out of pre-season. Clattered Lacazette – fairly – in the early going before being a bit too exuberant and fouling Pepe. Then decided to calm down and had a good 45-minute outing. 6

Christian Pulisic

Played in a somewhat unfamiliar right wing-back role and didn’t really see too much of the ball. Arsenal attacked him early but once he got a foothold in the game, wasn’t really troubled. 6

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Handed a big chance to impress in Chelsea’s midfield. Very elegant in the first half, some of his driving runs forward were wonderful but he earned the wrath of Thomas Tuchel more than once for giving the ball away. Decent, though as he provided a real physical presence. 7

Mateo Kovacic

Busy and industrious on his first game back, played deeper to allow Loftus-Cheek to roam. Important minutes under his belt ahead of the new season. 6

Hakim Ziyech

Got some rough treatment from Rob Holding in the early going as the Moroccan wasn’t allowed to settle. Some good bits and pieces throughout the half. Hit the post late on with a nonchalant effort, making something out of nothing. 7

Timo Werner

Played as the central striker and was on the assist mark once again as he set up his countryman Havertz for the opener. Could have done better with his own chance minutes later. Lively. 7

Kai Havertz

Didn’t play as the false nine we saw at the back end of last season. Took his goal like a seasoned striker though as he slammed home Werner’s through ball. Arsenal’s centre backs couldn’t deal with him. 8