Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle – player ratings

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Two 4-1 wins in a week? Why Monsieur Ambassador, truly you are spoiling us. What? Some Ferero Rocher too.

OM NOM NOM. Here’s how the players rated.

WS
1
7.5
HB
24
8
MD
2
8
PM
4
7.5
KG
3
7.5
MF
20
7.5
AOC
15
7.5
SC
19
8.5
DW
23
7.5
AS
7
8
OG
12
8.5
WS
1
8
HB
24
8
MD
2
8
PM
4
7.5
KG
3
7
MF
20
7
AOC
15
7
SC
19
8
DW
23
7.5
AS
7
7.5
OG
12
8.5
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1: Wojciech Szczesny

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7.5
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1

The double save in the first half kept the 1-0 lead intact and was very, very important all things considered. Will be unhappy he lost his clean sheet through some bad marking.

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24: Hector Bellerin

8
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8
Readers
37

Ok, he should have done better for their goal but let's choose to focus on what was a hugely positive performance from the young Spaniard. Dealt well with being on a yellow card too. Que bien!

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2: Mathieu Debuchy

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8
Readers
34

Never played central defence in his life. Could have fooled me.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7.5
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7.5
Readers
3

Much more his usual self with a reliable, experienced partner beside him.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

7
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7.5
Readers
23

A bit careless with the ball today, but did create a couple of openings and it was his determination that started the move that led to the penalty.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

7
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7.5
Readers
16

Has obviously been told to work on retaining possession and another high percentage passing game (95%) is evidence of that.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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7.5
Readers
12

Did well enough, a bit sloppy on the ball at times, but it does feel as if the middle is his most natural position.

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19: Santi Cazorla

8
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8.5
Readers
15

You go all season without a goal and then three come in two games. The first was absolute quality, and the penalty was, frankly, hilarious. I just wish John Terry had been the keeper,

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23: Danny Welbeck

7.5
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7.5
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39

Although he failed to make the most of a 2-on-1 in the second half his overall game was good and he was very unlucky to have that goal ruled out in the first half.

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7: Alexis Alexis

7.5
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8
Readers
38

So badly wants to be involved in everything he looked gutted when he was taken off with 5 minutes to go – even though he probably knows deep down it was the sensible thing to do. Got an assist for Giroud's first.

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12: Olivier Giroud

8.5
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8.5
Readers
29

Two brilliant finishes showcasing the very best of Giroud following a weekend which highlighted his worst. The header was majestic, the near post flick as awesome as being slurped by a team of puppies.

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9: Lukas Podolski

6
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6.5
Readers
8

Got a big cheer but couldn't replicate his goal scoring heroics of midweek

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34: Francis Coquelin

6
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6.5
Readers
40

He did what he had to in the last few

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29: Kim Kallstrom

6
arseblog
6.5
Readers
32

Sorry Ainsley Maitland-Niles, we'll get you added to the system asap but congrats on your Premier League debut.

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Bonus rating: Lee Mason - it's that time of year, when we look to be the best people we can possibly be, so in the spirit of Christmas and all that, I'd like to him give him Explosive Dysentery/10

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