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Arsenal player ratings: Nicolas Pepe’s £72m show as Aubameyang wins place in Gunners history

Emi Martinez: Did all he could to prevent Christian Pulisic’s goal but wasn’t able to. Responded well as when Chelsea pressed him and his defenders, he stuck to the task of playing out from the back and did so with confidence. Made great decisions late in the game to see out the win. 9

Rob Holding: Didn’t deal with Chelsea’s press well early on and struggled to engage with Pulisic when he ran directly at the backline. Looked awkward at times when he found himself on the ball but when he needed to defend in one action, he was fine. Was exposed by Pulisic again at the start of the second half but kept up with Pedro well when he came on. Excelled when dealing with aerial balls. 7

David Luiz: Should have been quicker to anticipate Olivier Giroud’s flick to Pulisic for the goal. After that, he dealt with Giroud well when Chelsea looked to attack through him. Made good decisions in the second half before coming off. An assured performance. 8

Kieran Tierney: Played a nice ball over to Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the opening minutes of the game but could have defended better in the build-up to Pulisic’s goal with his positioning. That passing from centre-back came into play once again and was crucial in freeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the penalty. This almost a worked a third time but minutes later a pinpoint cross to Pepe nearly led to another Arsenal chance. His more central position also helped when Arsenal were in more sustained possession. Was more reserved in the second half but this worked well as he raised to each challenge that came his way. 9

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Hector Bellerin: Supported Pepe well as he wasn’t scared to get forward. In the first half, this was mostly to give Pepe an extra option but he took this to another level for the second goal. Bursting forward, he got a great nutmeg on Antonio Rudiger to keep the move on and get Arsenal into the final third for the goal. 8

Dani Ceballos: Did well to bring Arsenal back into the game with his ball retention in midfield and the speed at which he moved the ball. His clipped passes in behind at the start of the second half allowed the Gunners to get more control in midfield. The 23-year-old’s role was more understated than those around him but was just as important in shutting out Chelsea when needed. 9

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