Arsenal Player Ratings vs Newcastle: Here’s how the Gunners fared
Arsenal continued to gather pace in the Unai Emery revolution as the Gunners picked up a victory against Newcastle United. The Gunners were troubled in the initial stages of the game but they opened the scoring through Granit Xhaka’s sumptuous free-kick that rocketed into the top corner.
Mesut Ozil scored the second to open his account for the season as the Gunners led 2-0. Ciaran Clark found a late consolation goal, but apart from that, the Magpies were unable to break down Arsenal’s defence.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Petr Cech (5/10)
It was another nervy performance from the former Chelsea goalkeeper. He is struggling to play out from the back.
Hector Bellerin (6/10)
Bellerin’s raids down the right flank posed all sorts of problems for the Magpies. He was unfortunate not to pick up an assist.
Shkodran Mustafi (5/10)
Mustafi just doesn’t seem to be the defender he was when he arrived at the Emirates. The German was all over the place.
Sokratis had a good game and showcased a number of his defensive qualities.
Nacho Monreal (7/10)
Monreal was defensively diligent and whipped in a number of balls into the box.
Matteo Guendouzi (7/10)
The French youngster was good with his distribution but he gave away the ball on a few occasions.
Granit Xhaka (8/10)
Scored a superb free-kick goal and put in an excellent shift for the Gunners in the middle of the park.
Mesut Ozil (8/10)
The German put in a commanding display with a well-taken shot to hand Arsenal all three points.
Aaron Ramsey (7/10)
Ramsey was guilty of scuppering a few chances in the final third. But his constant running and movement were impressive on the day.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7/10)
The Gabon international was once again guilty of missing a couple of chances. But he posed all sorts of problems for the Magpies.
Alexandre Lacazette (8/10)
The former Lyon striker picked up an assist as well and was superb with his link-up play.
Lucas Torreira (8/10)
The Uruguayan didn’t put a foot wrong after coming on as a second-half substitute. He was crisp with his passing as well.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (6/10)
The Armenian was once again used as a substitute. His runs posed a few problems but Mkhitaryan was other unable to influence the game overall.
Danny Welbeck (6/10)
Welbeck ensured Cardiff’s defenders were kept on their toes after being brought on very late in the game.