Chelsea U21 player ratings vs Arsenal: Jay Wareham shines as Xavier Mbuyamba receives red card


Teddy Sharman-Lowe

The glovesman stopped what looked a certain goal when Mika Biereth found himself 1v1 with the goalkeeper. Produced some fine saves but left helpless for the Arsenal goals. 7.

Josh Brooking

Dispossed Omari Hutchinson when the young Arsenal star looked through in the opening half and generally looked solid. Composed under pressure when he moved to the very centre of defence. 6.

Xavier Mbuyamba

The Dutch defender’s evening certainly ended in the way he wouldn’t have hoped. Mbuyamba had provided a cultured and controlling role in the heart of defence before his tussle with Mika Biereth resulted in his red card. 4.

Alfie Gilchrist

Got put under pressure when in possession early in the game but settled as the first half grew. Went close to opening the scoring with a near post header but couldn’t find the target. Could have done more when he appealed for a foul against Omari Hutchinson and let the Arsenal forward through. 5.

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Xavier Simons

Showed his versatility to play as both a wing-back and within the back three. Pulled off an impressive block on the line late in the second half from Marcelo Flores’ strike. 6.

Ben Elliott

Steady 45 minutes before being substituted at half time as the Blues looked to reorganise after going down to 10-men. 6.

Lewis Baker

Looked to dictate the tempo early in the first half before becoming the only centre midfielder in the second period following Mbuyamba’s red card. 6.

Harvey Vale

Was made to work really hard by Ryan Alebiosu down the left flank and definitely looked more confident going forward. 5.

Joe Haigh

Looked to make his presence felt in the first half as one of Chelsea’s more influential players. Could only direct a good opportunity wide as he arrived at the backpost and threw himself through the air in the second period. 6.

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Jay Wareham

Showed great strength on the ball time and time again, and produced a fantastic first half strike to beat Karl Hein. 8.

Jude Soonsup-Bell

Played in behind Wareham and struggled to regularly get involved in play. Did well to latch onto a poor Arsenal backpass to create an opportunity. 5.


Dion Rankine: Looked to play direct for the Blues and gave Arsenal something to think about. Great work-rate. 6.

George Nunn: Looked good on the right flank and seemed to find Bryan Fiabema with ease when the Norwegian came on late on. Missed a late chance from the left. 5.

Charlie Webster: Played a delicious ball from the left to Joe Haigh who could only direct the ball wide. Looked lively when he was on the ball. 7.

Bryan Fiabema: N/A

Brodi Hughes: N/A

Source by Football London

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