Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1: Player ratings as Santi Cazorla stars

Player ratings as Santi Cazorla runs the show in Arsenal’s win

By Dipak Patel
Arsenal
4
Newcastle
1

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Made a brilliant double save when Arsenal were only leading 1-0. The first was from Gouffran’s header, the second even better as he stopped Cisse from point-blank range. 7/10

Hector Bellerin Sensational first half and used his pace really well. His interception led to the opening goal, and his confidence kept on growing as the game progressed. 7

Per Mertesacker Hasn’t been at his best this season, but this was more of a solid performance. Held a good defensive line next to his partner Debuchy. 7

Mathieu Debuchy Played in an unfamiliar role at the heart of the defence, but he was outstanding. Made some important tackles and played with composure. 8

Kieran Gibbs Another solid performance. Consistently bombed up and down the wing, and nearly scored a goal. His shot hit the side-netting after a ricochet fell kindly to him. 7

Mathieu Flamini More authoritative from the Frenchman and he even aided the team in attack at times. His positioning was better, and he constantly broke down any attacks that Newcastle put together. 7

Santi Cazorla (Man of the match) The star of the show as he ran things from a deeper position. Scored two goals as well; the first was an exquisite chip over the keeper after an excellent first touch, the second an audacious chip down the middle from a penalty. 9

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Some enterprising runs helped his team transition from defence to attack at a fast rate. Always looked a threat on the counter, and showed maturity in midfield often making the right decisions. 7

Alexis Sanchez Another good performance from the Chilean. Seemed to be enjoying himself pulling off a number of audacious skills and was always threatening with his ability to square defenders up. 7

Danny Welbeck His link play with the other attacking players of Arsenal was a joy to watch. Seemed to be everywhere as he popped up on the left, in the middle, and helped his full-back with his defensive duties. 7

Olivier Giroud Two excellent finishes from Giroud, and he showed what Arsenal have been missing while he was injured. The first a bullet header which wrong-footed the keeper, the second an instinctive flick with the outside of his foot. 8

Substitutes

Lukas Podolski n/a

Francis Coquelin n/a

Ainsley Maitland-Niles n/a

Newcastle

Jak Alnwick

After a good performance in the last game, he was exposed to the realities of goalkeeping in the Premier League. Nearly every single one of Arsenal’s shots on target was a goal and he could do nothing about any of them. 5

Daryl Janmaat Not the best game from the Dutchman. Misplaced a few easy passes when he was attacking. All over the place when he was defending as Welbeck gave him a difficult night. 5

Mike Williamson His positioning left a lot to be desired. Has hardly played this season and it showed. His communication with Coloccini also seemed to be non-existent as Giroud had a free shot inside the penalty box with no one anywhere near him. 5

Fabricio Coloccini A mixed performance. Made a fantastic last-ditched challenge to deny Welbeck a certain goal, but also made a few stupid mistakes. Tried to be too clever in defence and was robbed by Welbeck, the resulting move nearly led to a goal. 5

Paul Dummett A bit better than the other defenders. Put in a spirited performance and never gave up. Got better in the last 20 minutes as he attacked Bellerin and put in a few good crosses that could have led to goals, but he conceded a stupid penalty late on. 5

Cheick Tiote Not a good game for the Ivorian and he was lucky not to be sent-off after he studs high challenge caught Sanchez in the mid-drift. Didn’t offer much protection to the defence and was appalling in possession misplacing easy passes. 4

Jack Colback Excellent game. Anything good that Newcastle created was often down to the former Sunderland player. His brilliant cross set up Perez for his goal. 7

Yoan Gouffran Kept being beaten to the ball in the first-half and didn’t help to relieve any pressure that Arsenal were putting on his defence. Yet to find the consistency of last season. 5

Ayoze Perez Developing into a fine player and scored another goal on what was a difficult night for Newcastle. Expertly guided his diving header into the far corner leaving the keeper with no chance. 7

Sammy Ameobi Played in a new position just behind the striker but had no influence on the game at all. Was not effective holding the ball off and his crossing was poor when he drifted into wide positions. 5

Papiss Cisse Has been in fantastic form lately but struggled to feature in the game as his threat was completely negated by Arsenal’s defenders. Often outmuscled whenever he tried to hold the ball up, was eventually substituted. 4

Substitutes

Remy Cabella Added some creative spark when he came on and offered Newcastle something different. Still guilty of over-elaborating when a simple pass is the easier option. 6

Emmanuel Riviere Has no confidence at all after playing hardly any games this season. Newcastle created a few chances but he was nowhere to be seen. 5

Adam Armstrong n/a

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