Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal back in the winning ways courtesy of goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Eddie Howe on the other hand, should be proud of his team in the first half, however Arsenal simply outclassed them in the second half.
Player ratings below –
Aaron Ramsdale – 8/10 Another day, another Aaron Ramsdale spectacular save. Other than the Shelvey effort, a comfortable evening for him.
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 8/10Contender for MOTM. Composed at the back and provided a brilliant assist for Martinelli.
Ben White – 8/10Didn’t have much defending to do. However, that didn’t stop Whitte from having the spotlights via his long balls.
Gabriel – 9/10The Brazilian came off comfortably on top in that battle with Callum Wilson. Had his good moments distributing off the back too.
Nuno Tavares – 8/10A game of two halves for Tavares. A frustrating second half, however that didnt stop him from bombing forward again and again which resulted in the assist for Bukayo Saka.
Thomas Partey – 6/10Lethargic performance from Partey. Got overrun several times in defensive transitions. Poor by his standards.
Sambi-Lokonga – 8/10Took on the challenge when Partey’s wasn’t at his best. Played a beautiful long ball early in the first half which Saka failed to capitalize on.
Emile Smith-Rowe – 7/10Poor first half for Smith-Rowe who struggled to get a decent touch. Looked better in the second half.
Bukayo Saka – 8/10 Back among goals, Bukayo Saka. Lacked that edge in the first half, however turned it up a level in the second half.
Martin Odegaard – 6/10Unimpactful performance from Odegaard who looked to seal his place in the eleven. Couldn’t make that case today.
Aubameyang – 5/10Back to back poor performances for the Arsenal captain. Could have and should have been on the scoresheet but he put one wide from 5 yards
Gabriel Martinelli – 9/10 Scored within 2 minutes of coming off in the second half. His composed finish gave Arsenal the necessary comfort to see the game out.
Alexandre Lacazette -/10 Struggled to get himself in the game after coming on for Aubameyang. Did the job for the Gunners by seeing out the game comfortably.
Mohamed Elneny – NA
Martin Dubravka – 7/10 Howe wouldn’t be disappointed bringing Dubravka in for Darlow. A case could’ve been made for him doing more about the second goal.
Jamaal Lascelles – 6/10Swept everything up in the first half. Disappointingly picked up his fifth yellow which rules him out of the next game.
Fabian Schar – 6/10Didn’t have much to deal with in the first half. Played one key pass in the second half which was swept well by Arsenal.
E Krafth – 6/10Dealt with the threat of Tavares and Emith-Rowe in the first half. However, couldn’t manage that latter.
Matt Ritchie – 5/10Poor outing for Ritchie, struggling to get anything going forward. The Scottish international also got himself suspended from the upcoming game after picking up a yellow.
Jonjo Shelvey -7/10One of the best of the bad bunch from the Newcastle team. Shelvey had some bright moments going forward, one of which Wilson could’ve materialised.
Joe Willock – 8/10One of Joe Williock’s best performances this season. Dealt with Saka well in the first half and progressed the ball with intent.
Ryan Fraser – 6/10 Didn’t have the impact which his manager would’ve liked going forward. Fraser seemed knackered in the second half and failed to provide support at the back.
Joelinton – 6/10Poor game for Joelinton. Tried to take on his man several times to make something happen, however nothing substantial.
Callum Wilson – 5/10Had next to no service through Ritchie, Fraser and Saint-Maximin. Struggled to deal with Gabriel all game.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 6/10 Overall a really poor game. Accused of overrunning it several times. Had his moments late in the game.
Jacob Murphy – 6/10Played well considering he had about 20 minutes to do anything. Could find himself back in the team next game.
Miguel Almiron – 5/10Didn’t have any significant impact. Almiron took some good positions wide, but couldn’t produce that magic delivery.
Isaac Hayden – NA