Arsenal player ratings against Chelsea – Aubameyang shows why he is irreplaceable

Arsenal earned an impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final to record a 14th FA Cup crown.

This is the perfect end to a frustrating season for Mikel Arteta’s men, who now have a trophy and will play in the Europa League next season.

Several of the Arsenal players were in fine form. Here are the Arsenal player ratings.

Emiliano Martinez – 7 denied Mount a goal and was equal to the task when Chelsea pressured his goal in search of an equaliser.

Rob Holding – 7
Showed his class by standing firm against Chelsea’s attackers after the Blues had scored early on.

David Luiz – 8
Won the battle with Olivier Giroud and showed why, on his day, he is one of the best around.

Kieran Tierney – 7
He will feel that he should have done better with Pulisic’s goal. Recovered well to make a fine contribution to the win.

Hector Bellerin – 7
Suspect at the back, but supported the attack well and played a key role in Aubameyang’s second goal.

Dani Ceballos – 8
Delivered a performance of the highest quality. Needs to be kept.

Granit Xhaka – 7
Very trustworthy performance from the Swiss midfielder as he continues to show his importance to the club.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 7
Put in a very matured performance and showed that he is much more experienced than Bukayo Saka.

Nicolas Pépé – 8
He was a constant menace to the Chelsea defence and gave them plenty to worry about for the entirety of the game. Setup Aubameyang for the second goal.

Alexandre Lacazette – 6
Should have had a better touch from an Aubameyang pass that set him up nicely. Didn’t do much to worry Chelsea’s defence.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9
He is worth whatever he is asking the club to pay him and proved that yet again with two goals. He was too much trouble for Chelsea to contend with.


Eddie Nketiah – 6
Didn’t have enough time to do anything as the game kept getting interrupted.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – N/A

Sead Kolasinac – N/A


Mikel Arteta – 10

Won a trophy in half a season, end of the conversation.

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  1. PIRES says:

    back Arteta ……

  2. Splendid says:

    5 – Holding:
    Was the weakling in the defence. Too slow, sloppy and lacked confidence.
    7 – Laca:
    He did an amazing job leading the press and holding up play.
    The rest of the ratings I gree.

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      I agree.

      1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

        On Lacca he deserved better than 6, the ball holding, linking with the team and defensive effort was massive.
        Rob holding was a little shaky at the first half, probably for 20+ mins, but soon improved and has done well for the rest 70+ mins

        1. ozziegunner says:

          Admin Martin has been harsh to Lacazette, not taking into account how he assisted Aubameyang and Pepe to play, by making runs drawing defenders away from them

    2. Chris says:

      I agree with your changes and would also change Xhaka’s rating to 6. He was awesome throughout the game but seemed immobile in a couple Chelsea’s counterattacks, while he also made a huge mistake and had the ball stolen from him in the first minutes, which almost led to a goal (incredible save by Martinez). You can be amazing for 89 minutes but if you make a big mistake you should get a lower rating. Other than that, spot on!

      1. David Rusa says:

        You must have hatred for Xhaka Chris. Where was he lacking?

        1. AY75 says:

          Overall Xhaka played well, but he did make that error Chris mentioned. And if our keeper wasn’t good, we could have conceded from that. It was an awesome game for everyone in the end….. really happy we won

  3. Lord Denning says:

    Today lady luck was on our side, Arteta picked the best lineup, Chelsea have mastered possession football but our tactics were spot on,we had a biased referree when it matter most this season.The cup is ours 💪 you don’t play a final, you win it.Without Emi on goal we wouldn’t have won it.

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:

      Lol…Lady luck???
      I can’t believe this, after the first sloppy 6 minutes, we played Chelsea for the rest of the game.
      Their players got injured and the ref might’ve called the second yellow card wrong, but the team winning today wasn’t even based on luck.
      They fought for it!

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Eddie, one wonders how Lord Denning got his title; it certainly wasn’t for football knowledge.
        For once Arsenal get a referee, who doesn’t allow its players to get fouled without free kicks and yellow cards being awarded and Lord Denning considers the referee biased!

    2. Blago says:

      Biased ref….? Not at all! He just got the red card call wrong and not out of bias.

    3. Highbury Hero says:

      It makes it even better if the referee was biased. Strangely it makes it fair. Why should Man utd, Liverpool and Chelsea only benefit from referees bias. We need the piece of the cake too.

  4. Danny0 says:

    Arteta been in charge for 8 months and already won the same major honours that Spuds have in 21 years!!🤣🤣🤣

    1. Gsent says:

      You people should forget about spurs and think about how arsenal football club can move fotward please

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        Yes! My dream is to lift the EPL again it has been too long already. We don’t want to pull a Liverpool do we?

  5. Sue says:

    They all get a 10 from me!!
    And I hope we keep hold of Ceballos!

    1. ken1945 says:

      Absolutely Sue – Holding 5!?!?!?
      Chelsea never had a shot on goal in the second half if I remember rightly – this was a TEAM PERFORMANCE with a brilliant manager.

      Community Shield next, let’s hope Aubameyang, Courtinho and Partey have a great game against klopps Unvincibles!!!!

      1. Sue says:

        👍No sweat, Ken 🤣🤣🤣

      2. David Rusa says:

        It is great fun reading your writings Ken. You have now taught me a new word unvincibles.!

        1. Sue says:

          Yes! I love it also!!

    2. Uzi Ozil says:

      Ceballos passionate celebration for the second goal was a joy to watch….

      1. Sue says:

        It was indeed!! 😍

  6. Joey says:

    Oh Dani Ceballos… Oh Dani Ceballos… Our new Santi Cazorla. What a performance. Immense quality. Beautiful performances also from Granite Xhaka, Martinez, AMN, Tierney and Luiz. Holding, Bellerin, Lacazette and Pepe had good games and the introduction of both Eddie Nketiah and Sokratis were good( how about that Pedro’s shield). However out of this world Auba performance, brilliant, absolutely brilliant…

  7. Eddie says:

    Mikel Arteta arrived in December & he has already beaten Klopp’s Liverpool, Pep’s Manchester City, Ole’s Manchester United, Lampard’s Chelsea & Nuno’s Wolves.

    Trust the process, Trust Arteta.
    I still wonder why people think he hasn’t brought a change.
    I understand we ended up 8 still, but you’d be an hater to really say he didn’t bring any change to this team

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      You can call me a hater but our league position is hard pill to swallow. I am one of those who have not seen changes. Still I do not wish him to get sacked.

      He has time to build his team and I am behind him come next season. The management should give him the players he want. He should have a final say on who goes and who comes in.

      I wish he would prove his doubters including me wrong come the end of next season. After all we are Arsenal fans and we want to see our team up there where we belong.

    2. Mike says:

      Well said Eddie

    3. Debo Ojomo says:

      I love this.. I’m just gonna copy and paste this to anyone who is so brainless to understand football. Only a blind man will fail to admit what Arteta has done over the past 8 months. That being said. This is just the beginning and there is room for much improvement.

  8. S.J says:

    A lot of positive going into the next season with this FA cup win.
    Now onto the next tasks, sign Aubameyang on a new contract. He should be giving 350,000 pounds weekly.
    Arteta will be a great coach and motivator, the way he brought the likes of Xhaka, Mustafi, Pepe e.t.c back to life, it is a positive sign.
    We need to sell and loan some certain players next season. We need 2 or 3 new signings in Central midfield and defense.

    If we finish 4th or 5th next season and win the Europa League next season, it will be a great step forward towards the future.


    1. Highbury Hero says:

      We are good enough for 1st. If they play like they did in the run to their FA glory I don’t see anybody stopping them in the league.

      1. Debo Ojomo says:

        Honest question here. Please do you understand football?

        1. Highbury Hero says:

          I don’t.

    2. Debo Ojomo says:

      Aubameyang should be given 350 and we end up in an ozil situation again.. Common, enjoy the moment and don’t make decision based on your excitement. That being said. I trust Arsenal board and Arteta will make the right decision. I also know Aubameyang loves Arsenal.

  9. Thomas Kelly says:

    Up the arse roll on next season

  10. Eddie says:

    Arteta thanked Pep for giving him the chance to be a coach.
    Humble guy

  11. Sue says:

    OT.. Eddie Howe has ‘left’ Bournemouth…

    1. Kstix says:

      That’s sad Sue, he’s a good coach but unfortunately things didn’t work out well for him and Bournemouth this season. I’m sure he’ll soon get another team. He’s too good to be out of a job for long.

      1. Sue says:

        Yeah he’ll be snapped up!

        1. ozziegunner says:

          👍 👍 Big question, can Bournmouth attract a manager, who can achieve results as good or better than Dave Howe with their players?

          1. Sue says:

            The club may live to regret it…

          2. Debo Ojomo says:

            He left.. Not that He was sacked. Via a mutual understanding with the board

  12. Kstix says:

    You know one thing I noticed and loved after the game. Was how the players that don’t get selected very often hugged Arteta genuinely. The genuine love players have for him. Martinez even said in his interview before the game on the europa league game against olympiacos, how Arteta told him Leno was gonna play in his stead and he took it calmly and accepted it.

    Arteta has really, apart from anything else, found a way to unite the formerly toxic dressing room. (Apart from ozil and guendouzi of course). The former proving why he needs to be out of the team. I just hope going to Turkey means he has gone to do medicals with a Turkish team.

    1. Sue says:

      I wanted to hug him too!!

      1. Kstix says:

        Me too Sue. The smile on his face was priceless. Saw how Luiz lifted him. I was grinning from ear to ear. Pure joy and happiness.
        Only wish there were fans at the stadium to celebrate it with. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to make do.

        1. Sue says:

          It certainly was priceless, Kstix! So happy for him, Auba…actually make that all of them!!
          I’m itching to get back to the Emirates!!
          One thing that surprised me was Pulisic’s age, he looks older and seems to have been around for ages!
          Just watching it again 😊

      2. ozziegunner says:

        Sue, you’re just a chronic hugger. 😊😊

        1. Sue says:


  13. Val says:

    OT: what do you think about Willian not playing, do you think it was injury or do you think he has decided to join us next season and didn’t feel he could play?
    I mean if he did play and chelsea had won and he is signing for us, he would do himself out of playing in Europe next season

    1. inkfight! says:

      Very worrying! Do not want us signing him.
      Would much rather Coutinho! And of course an extension on Ceballos loan 😀

      1. Raphael says:

        I agree with you. I think we’ve got covered on the wings but lack that creative spark in the midfield

  14. Tom says:

    Auba no.14
    Arsenal 14

    Mike drop….

    Beat striker in the league, and probably the best manager in the league to take on the task of bringing back some arsenal dna.

    We only need less then 40% against liverpool man city and chelsea to beat them. Yet we know we dont have the perfect squad prime. Chelsea didnt loss that match, arsenal took it off them.

    We can talk about what we need… but looking at what we have and what we are doing it’s looking good. It makes this win seem relevant

  15. inkfight! says:

    Rubbish ratings! 14/10 for everyone involved!

  16. Sue says:

    The trophy is nearly as big as Torreira 😄

  17. Sue says:

    Ceballos is also a hairdresser… do you think he was let loose on Kolasinac?!!

  18. AY75 says:

    Number 14 handed us the 14th 😎……. little wonder they’re all wearing his jersey number at the end of the game 😀…… it’s left to the board to make the right recruitments, and we’re definitely going to have a fantastic season next year….. onwards and upwards…… always forward ’14’……. COYG!.

    1. Uzi Ozil says:

      Jersey number and number of Fa cup won. I hope he signs a new deal

      1. AY75 says:

        I really do hope so too….. he’s been amazing for us

  19. Sue says:

    Charles Watts Twitter:
    Arsenal fans gathering outside Wembley waiting for the team bus to depart. Petr Cech has just walked through them, got plenty of cheers and chants of “2-1, to the Arsenal.”

  20. Labass says:

    I’m so happy guys. The lads made my day. Pls arsenal sign partey, coutinho and szobalai

  21. Wenger91 says:

    Agree with all.

    Let’s build a team for the future.

    Thanks all

    Note: we should keep Wembley as our home stadium =)

  22. Sue says:

    Dan… we did it!!! 😁 How did you hold out through it?!

  23. tboss says:

    well done guys

  24. Lómo says:

    14th FA CUP WIN.
    Won against London Rivals Chelsea.
    Sent Us to Europe for next Season
    Made us the Only London -Troohy winning Team this Season.
    Quieted Spurs Fans all through the Night.
    And It was On Papilo Kanu’s Birthday.
    Now tell me why I won’t Sing Strangely Louder than anyone else in Church today??😃😃😃🤣🤣🤣😃

  25. Quantic Dream says:

    Everyone gets a 10 from me! We won the trophy and that is ALL THAT MATTERS!

    1. ozziegunner says:


  26. Gift says:

    I think Emery must be hiding his face every time arsenal play, with Xhaka showing his qualities in mid field, all we need is to keep our players.

  27. Ally bayt says:

    What a great game from the boys i am so exhllarated to be a fan of ths great club arsenal wth me frver

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