Arsenal surrendered in familiar fashion as they sank to a hugely bitter 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final last night.
The Blues opened the scoring thanks to a beautiful Olivier Giroud header soon after half time and Maurizio Sarri’s men made it 2-0 via Pedro minutes later after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had lost possession in midfield.
Only four minutes later and Maitland-Niles gave away a penalty. Eden Hazard made it 3-0 from the spot and while Alex Iwobi pulled one back with a fine strike, Hazard sealed a 4-1 win with another goal in the 72nd minute.
See my ratings below:
Cech 6/10 | Made a couple of great saves but got nowhere the four Chelsea goals.
Sokratis 5/10 | A couple of nice blocks but couldn’t handle the Chelsea attack.
Koscielny 4/10 | Gave Giroud way too much space for the all-important opening goal and slow to react for Pedro’s effort.
Monreal 4/10 | Couldn’t deal with his movement and was dragged all over the place. Subbed.
Maitland-Niles 3/10 | Lost possession in the build-up to the Giroud opener, gave away the penalty and was exposed many times.
Xhaka 5/10 | Some nice passes and went close with a long-range strike.
Torreira 4/10 | Totally lost out on the midfield action to Kante and Jorginho.
Kolasinac 3/10 | Got into some promising positions but his final ball was shocking. Miserable defensively too.
Ozil 3/10 | Did well against Jorginho in the first half but went missing after the break. Subbed.
Aubameyang 4/10 | Missed a nice chance to open the scoring early on and it proved crucial.
Lacazette 4/10 | Should have had a penalty at 0-0 and fluffed a good opportunity in the second half.
Guendouzi 5/10 | Did nothing noteworthy.
Iwobi 7/10 | Excellent impact off the bench. Made it 3-1 with a magnificent goal and added some directness.
Willock 7/10 | Youngster did more in 15 minutes than Ozil did in 75.