Pulisic Watch: How did USMNT star perform v. Arsenal?

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Joe Prince-Wright
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Christian Pulisic was a frustrated figure for most of Chelsea’s defeat at London rivals Arsenal, as the USMNT star was played on both flanks and made plenty of surging runs.

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Pulisic, 22, played the full 90 minutes and was a rare bright spark as Chelsea put in a sluggish display to lose at their struggling rivals.

Here’s a look at how Christian Pulisic fared for Chelsea at Arsenal on Boxing Day.

Minute-by-minute analysis of Christian Pulisic for Chelsea v. Arsenal

1st minute: Started on the right wing and was back doing plenty of defensive work.

9th minute: Made a wonderful surging run from deep as he ran at the heart of Arsenal’s defense and looked for a one-two but it didn’t come.

12th minute: Another surging run forward as he turned away from Granit Xhaka and was taken out 30-yards from goal. From the free kick he won, Mason Mount clipped the post.

18th minute: Made a defensive block which went out for a throw in.

27th minute: Not seeing a lot of the ball as Arsenal kept the ball well, so was moved back out to his favored position on the left wing.

31st minute: Got on the ball on the left and cut inside, then laid it off for Mount who smashed wide.

40th minute: As Chelsea go 1-0 down, he was moved back to the right wing. Really struggling to get on the ball.

47th minute: Back out on the left flank for the second half as Timo Werner was subbed out. Almost got on the end of a wonderful cross from half time sub Callum Hudson-Odoi. Good run.

52nd minute: Got on the end of an Arsenal mistake in the box but slipped as he hit a shot and it was blocked.

55th minute: Clipped in a ball to Mount but Arsenal cleared, as moments later Chelsea went 3-0 down.

59th minute: Won a free kick as Bellerin fouled him, but Mount smashes high and wide.

63rd minute: Drifted inside to try and get on the ball. Moments later a pass to him was overhit and he complained and threw his arms out in frustration.

66th minute: Jinxed inside the box and crossed for Kante but Leno claimed the loose ball.

70th minute: Clattered by Lacazette as he looked for a foul, but didn’t get it.

81st minute: Barely touched the ball as Chelsea did not mount a late charge. Kept making runs centrally, but was getting very little service.

82nd minute: Made a surging run down the left flank but Joe Willock dispossessed him with a great tackle. Moments later he crossed but couldn’t find anyone. He keeps on working.

85th minute: Pulisic played it to Hudson-Odoi who crossed for Abraham to chest home and make it 3-1.

88th minute: Popped up against centrally and played it wide for James who had a cross deflected wide for a corner.

89th minute: The American whipped in a fine cross which Thiago Silva headed wide. Superb delivery.

92nd minute: Popped up and started an attack, but then couldn’t get on the end of it. His frustrated smile said it all.

95th minute: Wriggled free and had a chance as the commentators praised him as one of Chelsea’s only positives from a shocking display.

Pulisic Watch: How did USMNT star perform v. Arsenal? originally appeared on NBCSports.com