Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle as Martinelli and Luiz impress before cruel injury blow

Mat Ryan: Commanding and loud as ever, the Australian continues to make a case that he should be a permanent signing in the summer. A good save from Saint-Maximin as well shows he can back all the talk up. 6.

Hector Bellerin: So much better going forward from the Spaniard who really made a case to start against Villarreal. His running caused lots of problems for the Newcastle wing backs and after falling behind Calum Chambers in the pecking order he may begin rising up again with performances like this. 8.

David Luiz: The Brazilian was excellent on the ball and did a good job of helping expose the gaps in behind the Newcastle wing backs. Seems to have a calming effect on Gabriel alongside him as well with his leadership and experience. Was a huge blow to see him come off with a muscle injury that may well mean this is the last match of his Arsenal career. 8.

Gabriel: Better than in previous matches for sure although he was relatively untested for much of the early part of the game. Started the second half a little shaky but grew into it once his compatriot went off and was a consistent threat from set pieces. 6.

Granit Xhaka: With Mikel Arteta having declared that Kieran Tierney is unlikley to be fit for Thursday surely the answer can’t continue to be playing Granit Xhaka as his direct replacement. The Swiss international can’t be blamed for his lack of pace, but each time Allan Saint-Maximin ran at him he looked hideously exposed just as he did in Spain earlier this week. 6.

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Mohamed Elneny: The Egyptian was perhaps an unpopular pick in midfield, but his frist half performance was very impressive. Good passing, solid defensive awareness and a goal to boot. He faded a bit in the second like the rest of the team though. 7.

Mohamed Elneny celebrates his goal for Arsenal against Newcastle
Mohamed Elneny scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal against Newcastle at St. James’ Park. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Dani Ceballos: Had a few moments where he didn’t look as though he knew where he was supposed to be in the press but equally had some good moments on the ball with his close control. The inconsistency within a game that sums up his whole season more or less. 6.

Willian: Relatively anonymous again from the Brazilian who did in fairness put in some decent deliveries. Nowhere near enough to threaten Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka’s starting positions on Thursday though. 6.

Martin Odegaard: Picked up some good positions in space in the middle of the park but his teammates didn’t seem to want to use him. When they did he played a nice ball out to Martinelli for the second goal but couldn’t influence the game as much as we saw him do before his injuries. 6.

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Gabriel Martinelli: The Brazilian was very impressive yet again when started on the left. His willingness to either cut in on his right to shoot or drive on his left to cross gave Josh Murphy a torrid afternoon. The assist for Aubameyang’s goal was fully deserved, but with Aubameyang’s return you fear it still might not be enough for him to start against Villarreal in midweek. 9.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Making his first start in around a month the Gabon striker still did look a little off the pace at time as he continues to recover from malaria. However, despite his obvious fatigue Aubameyang’s movement was still very sharp and it was on full display for the goal. He will surely start on Thursday which is a huge boost for the Gunners. 7.

Substitutes –

Calum Chambers: Had big shoes to fill after coming on for Luiz but did a good job. The fact that he came on at centre back despite playing most of the season at right back shows the versatility that makes him such a valuable member of the Arsenal squad. 6.

Nicolas Pepe: Some good running down the left wing after coming on but with the game already won he couldn’t indluence the game too much. 6.

Thomas Partey: Came on too late to influence the game. n/a.

Source by Football London

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