Scintillating Xhaka, Brilliant Ozil – The best and the worst rated Arsenal stars in the 2-1 win vs Newcastle

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 (7/10)

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.

Aaron Ramsey and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

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.

Substitutes

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.

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