Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1: Player ratings as Oxlade-Chamberlain impresses

Player ratings as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impresses as Arsenal seal 1-0 victory over Newcastle United

By Steven Prince

Newcastle United

Tim Krul The Dutch penalty-saving supremo from last year’s World Cup resolutely defied Arsenal throughout the match, making a number of quality saves. He could do little about the Arsenal winner. 7/10

Daryl Janmaat Returning to the side after his sending off at Swansea, the right-back defended well but was unable to commit himself forward given the Magpies’ numerical disadvantage. 7

Chancel Mbemba Picked up an early yellow card, but the DR Congolese defender grew into the game impressively. 7

Fabricio Coloccini An unfortunate deflection off of the Argentinian took Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross-cum-shot past Krul. An own goal and harsh yellow card should not detract from a top performance. 7

Massadio Haidara The young French full-back coped with Arsenal’s attacking threat, winning tussles regularly with the Gunners’ right-sided forwards. 7

Jack Colback The once-labelled ‘Ginger Pirlo’ typified the graft which the Newcastle faithful demand. 6

Vurnon Anita The diminutive midfielder teamed up with Colback to screen the hosts’s back four, working hard and operating effectively after Mitrovic’s dismissal. 6

Florian Thauvin Fortunate not to have a penalty awarded against him when he brought down Bellerin in the first half, but some quality touches shown by the new signing. He will need to track back more on a regular basis. 5

Georginio Wijnaldum The reigning Dutch player of the year continues to ingratiate himself with the St. James’ Park masses. His creativity was curbed from the 16th minute onwards as he needed to do more defending. 6

Moussa Sissoko The French powerhouse was a welcome return to the starting eleven. He needs a few weeks to get back to full fitness however. 6

Aleksander Mitrovic The Serbian striker may feel aggrieved but it is easy to see why he was sent off for a raking challenge on Coquelin’s shin. 1

Substitutes

Papiss Cisse Unable to make an impact. N/A

Siem de Jong No time to make an impact. N/A

Ayoze Perez The Spaniard was not able to influence the game as his side were a man down for the majority of the game. 5

Arsenal

Petr Cech Arsenal’s main summer signing may as well have paid to get in. Spectator. 6

Hector Bellerin The rapid Spaniard devoted much of his time to attacking as Newcastle rarely attacked. 7

Gabriel The Brazilian had very little to do over the course of ninety minutes. 6

Laurent Koscielny The return of the centre-half will have been music to the ears of Arsenal fans everywhere. Very little to do defensively. 6

Nacho Monreal Arsenal’s first-choice left-back was more of a left winger given the amount of time he spent in Newcastle’s half. 7

Francis Coquelin As with the majority of Arsenal’s defensive unit, the French holding midfielder kept the ball moving well as his defending skills were not needed. 6

Santi Cazorla Arsene Wenger stifles the Spaniard’s creatively by playing him so deeply. However, after the sending off, he was able to get forward more often and ask questions of Newcastle’s backline. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Man of the match) Without his dynamic forward runs, this game would have faded into nothingness. Looked threatening whenever he was on the ball. 8

Aaron Ramsey Standard performance from the Welsh international, getting in behind the Newcastle defence and trying to set up chances. 7

Alexis Sanchez Short of match fitness given his return from winning the Copa America and a few injury niggles. 6

Theo Walcott The England international fluffed the best chance of the first half and possibly his chance of keeping Giroud out of the team as the sole striker. 5

Substitutes

Mikel Arteta No time to make an impact. N/A

Olivier Giroud The Frenchman is Arsenal’s only league goalscorer but could not add to his tally despite getting into some good positions. 6

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