Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle – player ratings

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It was nice to get back to winning ways, even if the performance wasn’t quite as impressive as we might have liked.

A sensational first half goal from Mesut Ozil (read the report and see the goal here) won the game for the Gunners, but it was a bit precarious without the cushion of scoring again.

Here’s how the players rated today.

PC
33
7
HB
24
5.5
LK
6
6
NM
18
7
11
8.5
GX
29
4.5
JW
10
7
AS
7
5
AI
17
5.5
AL
9
6
AMN
55
7.5
PC
33
7
HB
24
6
LK
6
6.5
NM
18
6.5
11
8
GX
29
5
JW
10
7
AS
7
6
AI
17
6
AL
9
6
AMN
55
7
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33: Petr Cech

7
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7
Readers
45

A couple of good saves, and another clean sheet takes his total to the season to 10

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24: Hector Bellerin

6
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5.5
Readers
37

Better than in recent games, got in behind their defence but the final ball was never quite there

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6: Laurent Koscielny

6.5
arseblog
6
Readers
5

Avoided making the kind of errors that have become noticeable in his game over the last few weeks. Made 11 clearances.

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18: Nacho Monreal

6.5
arseblog
7
Readers
14

That was a very professional yellow card he picked up late in the second half. Four interceptions shows how well he reads the game.

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11: Mesut Özil

8
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8.5
Readers
28

A goal of exceptional quality – on a day when we needed somebody to provide something special, he did just that.

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29: Granit Xhaka

5
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4.5
Readers
53

I'm not as down on him as some, but he got worse as the game went on, and so many of his giveaways are just down to carelessness and a lack of thought.

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10: Jack Wilshere

7
arseblog
7
Readers
9

Tidy on the ball, did his defensive duties when needed, and considering it was his second 90 minutes in three days it was impressive that he held as well as he did physically.

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7: Alexis Alexis

6
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5
Readers
38

He continues to frustrate some, but he made a great chance for Bellerin and his contribution the goal shouldn't be overlooked as his challenge prevented the defender making a good defensive header.

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17: Alex Iwobi

6
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5.5
Readers
46

Some his close control is fantastic, but lacks decisiveness in the final third when it comes to his passing and finishing.

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9: Alexandre Lacazette

6
arseblog
6
Readers
58

Better in the first half than the second, and his decision to try a very difficult chip rather than shoot low across the keeper was poor one.

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55: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

7
arseblog
7.5
Readers
56

Impressive again, playing out of position. If he can perform that well there, why not give him a chance in midfield – especially when Xkaka is struggling at the moment.

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12: Olivier Giroud

6
arseblog
5
Readers
29

Came on and added nothing Edit: We forgot the lovely cushioned knock-down to Wilshere that the midfielder should have scored from. Mark upgraded from 5 to 6.

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23: Danny Welbeck

5
arseblog
4
Readers
39

Another cameo in which he made little impact

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34: Francis Coquelin

N/R
arseblog
4
Readers
40

Not on long enough to rate

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 for Ozil's goal – it wasn't a day which gave us much else so we should enjoy this as much as possible.

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