Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Saliba nothing short of a revelation and Partey excellent in derby win

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Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners put in an impressive performance away from home, controlling large parts of the game, and they were worthy winners.

In the end, Gabriel Magalhaes got the only goal of the match as he tapped the ball home after Bukayo Saka’s corner from the right had somehow evaded everyone.

The win means Arsenal are now back on top of the Premier League, while they are also 13 points clear of Chelsea - who are seventh.

Simon Collings was at Stamford Bridge to see Arsenal in action...

Aaron Ramsdale - 6

Didn’t really have many saves to make, which underlines Arsenal’s dominance in this game. Distribution was still very good, though.

Ben White - 8

Continues to excel at right-back and surely he will now be in the England squad for the World Cup. Got forward well here and defensively he was solid too.

William Saliba - 9 | Star player

The centre-back has been nothing short of a revelation since returning to Arsenal this summer. He was brilliant today, looking so composed in possession.

Gabriel - 8

The Brazilian has a knack of scoring from set-pieces and he got another one today. No more than he deserved for an excellent display in the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

Oleksandr Zinchenko - 7

Thrown straight back into the team after being out with a calf injury, but he didn’t show many signs of rust. Is clearly so important to how Arsenal want to play.

Martin Odegaard - 7

Not quite at his brilliant best but he still had a solid enough game in the middle of the park. Some of his one-touch passing around both boxes was great.

Thomas Partey - 9

Had an excellent game in the heart of midfield. Strong in the tackle and dictated the tempo of the game with his passing. Vital to the way Arsenal play.

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Granit Xhaka - 8

The goals may have dried up but his influence on this team cannot be overlooked. Played a big role in the way he led and marshalled the midfield, particularly in the final 15 minutes.

Bukayo Saka - 8

Involved in a good battle with Marc Cucurella, with neither player holding back. Got the assist for Arsenal’s goal and was bright all game.

Gabriel Jesus - 7

The striker missed a great chance to score in the first-half, but his overall game was still good. Linked the play brilliantly and pressed non-stop from the front.

Gabriel Martinelli - 7

Caused Chelsea plenty of problems with his pace in behind. Cut in well too and had a good game. Will feel like he could sneak into the Brazil World Cup squad.

Substitutions

Kieran Tierney (Zinchenko 78’) - N/A

Mohamed Elneny (Odegaard 87’) - N/A

Rob Holding (Martinelli 90’) - N/A

Subs not used: Turner, Cedric, Lokonga, Vieira, Nketiah, Nelson.