Arsenal v Chelsea ratings: Magestic Sanchez; Moses mistake

Date published: Saturday 27th May 2017 7:55

Arsenal regained the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, capturing the trophy for the 13th time.

Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring inside five minutes, but Diego Costa levelled after Victor Moses had been sent off.

Aaron Ramsey was the hero once again however as he responded instantly to clinch a record 13th FA Cup for the Gunners.

ARSENAL

DAVID OSPINA: Surprisingly selected ahead of former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech but made a number of decent saves – including a late Diego Costa effort. 7

ROB HOLDING: Has been close to a revelation since his recall into a three-man defence and played well again here. 7

PER MERTESACKER: Began the match in a fashion which belied the fact he had not started for the Gunners in almost 400 days. Great sliding challenge on Diego Costa and cleared away plenty of danger throughout. 8

NACHO MONREAL: Scored in the semi-final win over Manchester City but today his job was purely defensive and he was well up to the task. 7

HECTOR BELLERIN: His blistering pace is well utilised as a wing-back and he offered plenty going forward as well as keeping an eye on the likes of Eden Hazard. Missed a great chance to wrap up the game late on. 7

AARON RAMSEY: Another FA Cup-winning goal for the Wales midfielder who still has his critics. Fairly quiet afternoon compared to his team-mates but turned up when it mattered with his 78th-minute header having earlier hit the post. 8

GRANIT XHAKA: Enjoyed a midfield tussle against N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic. Has grown into an important part of Wenger’s side in the latter part of the season. 7

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: Played out of position at left wing-back but always puts in a shift and did a job until he was sacrificed late on. 7

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Opened the scoring in controversial fashion and was his usual, tenacious self. Drove Arsenal forward so many times. 9

MESUT OZIL: Been accused of his languid approach but chased and harried when out of possession and always a threat on the ball – hit a post late on. 8

DANNY WELBECK: His pace rattled the Chelsea defence a number of times in the first half and was unlucky to guide a header against the woodwork. 7

SUBSTITUTES

OLIVIER GIROUD (for Welbeck, 77): Had an instant impact after his introduction, crossing for Ramsey to head Arsenal back in front just 38 seconds after replacing Welbeck. 7

FRANCIS COQUELIN (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 82): Brought on to offer protection at the back. Booked. 6

MOHAMED ELNENY (for Sanchez, 90): Time-wasting substitution from Arsenal. 6

CHELSEA

THIBAUT COURTOIS: Blameless for both goals and reacted quickly to push a Granit Xhaka shot wide. 6

GARY CAHILL: Twice saved Chelsea’s skin with clearances off the line in the first half. One of his side’s better performers. 7

DAVID LUIZ: Dozy throughout, typified by him standing still to claim offside when he might otherwise have prevented Alexis Sanchez giving Arsenal the lead. 4

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Lacked his usual composure at the back and was given a hard time by the speedy Hector Bellerin. 5

VICTOR MOSES: Became the fifth player to be sent off in an FA Cup final after receiving a second yellow card for diving. It was the correct call and made Chelsea’s attempt at a comeback even more difficult. 3

MARCOS ALONSO: Fired a free-kick over the bar and was unusually blunt going forward. Not at his best. 6

N’GOLO KANTE: Unable to contain Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the first half and failed to track Aaron Ramsey when the midfielder headed in Arsenal’s second goal. 4

NEMANJA MATIC: Preferred to Cesc Fabregas but never gave Chelsea enough protection. Duly came off for the Spaniard in the second half. 4

PEDRO: A lovely lofted ball almost led to Costa scoring early on but blazed over when put in by Hazard. Lacked precision in the final third. 6

EDEN HAZARD: Underwhelming in the first half and when he livened up in the second his team were already chasing the game. Disappointing. 6

DIEGO COSTA: A vintage Costa display in what could be his final appearance in a Chelsea shirt. Physical, tenacious, clinical – he deserved his goal. 8

SUBSTITUTES

CESC FABREGAS (for Matic, 60 mins): Left on the bench by Antonio Conte despite his brilliant recent form and was certainly missed. 6

WILLIAN (for Pedro, 72 mins): Introduced to add more penetration to Chelsea’s attacks but struggled to make an impact. 5

MICHY BATSHUAYI (for Costa, 88 mins): Thrown on in the final minutes to score a second but had very little time to achieve it. 5

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