Battle of Highbury: Man for man

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Jens Lehmann: Once more he proved the weak link in a wonderful side. He should probably have clung on to Makelele's shot and relied far too much on his defence to deal with crosses. Mark: 4/10

Lauren: Not as dangerous as Cole going forward but still allowed too much space. His cross for Arsenal's opener was exquisite. 6

Sol Campbell: Positional sense as acute as ever, although the reluctance of Chelsea's strikers to press forward made things easier. 7

Kolo Touré: Made several vital challenges. His pace was a weapon neither Gudjohnsen nor Hasselbaink looked like countering. 6

Ashley Cole: Stunning display in the first half when he left both Parker and Melchiot bamboozled plus great goal-line clearance late on gave him a fair claim to be man of the match even in defeat. 8

Freddie Ljungberg: Broken hand heavily strapped he looked ineffectual by his own high standards. Vital touch for Reyes' goal. 4

Patrick Vieira: Calm and dominant in midfield. More than anyone else in Wenger's side, even Henry, he is the one player whom Carlos Queiroz would want at the Bernabeu. 7

Edu: Vital challenge put off Duff as he ran in to shoot and performed with efficiency in a midfield Arsenal generally dominated. 5

Robert Pires: Struck the side netting with a header that was markedly similar to his goal in the first leg at Stamford Bridge but this was not one of his great displays. 5

Jose Antonio Reyes: Proof that Wenger can spend big as well as pick up bargains. A superb ball should have seen Henry score but his first-half goal was a fine poacher's effort. 8

Thierry Henry: Two fine chances, though on a stage as big as this one, Arsenal would have expected more from their great marksman. Substituted before Reyes. 5

Substitutions: Dennis Bergkamp for Henry 81.


Marco Ambrosio: Unlike his opposite, the Italian could not blame himself for the goal. A competent effort from a fourth-choice with good saves from Touré and Reyes. 6

Mario Melchiot: Deeply troubled by Cole in the first half and grateful for Gronkjaer's protection in the second. 4

William Gallas: Happier by far in the centre of defence than he was when used as a right back in the first leg. 5

John Terry: Injured on Saturday against Tottenham. Last night proved he could shine even when not 100 per cent, something Eriksson would have noted. 8

Wayne Bridge: Would be satisfied with his efforts against Ljungberg, his goal was superbly taken and may have salvaged his manager's job. 8

Scott Parker: Not afraid to mix it with Vieira but pushed too deep and failed to deal with Cole in first half, which cost him his place. 3

Claude Makelele: Needed more craft in midfield but it was his shot that Lehmann palmed away for Lampard's goal. 5

Frank Lampard: A subdued first half was followed by an increasingly powerful display after the interval. His goal was expertly taken. 7

Damien Duff: Had one marvellous run, in which he slalomed past Campbell, been topped off with a goal, it could have been one of the great Champions' League strikes. 6

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Ineffectual through the match, hampered by a lack of support from midfield. Looked unhappy. 3

Eidur Gudjohnsen: One great opportunity in the first half but directed header downwards instead of goalwards. But for Cole's boot, he would have scored the winner not Bridge. 6

Substitutions: Gronkjaer for Parker half-time: More effectual as a defender than he was going forward. 6.

Substitutions: Cole for Duff 83; Crespo for Hasselbaink 83.