Player ratings-Newcastle:

Yet another disappointing away result, albeit a changed Arsenal side that reflected the long journey back from Russia from midweek.

Petr Cech-5

Not much to do for the Czech keeper. Nothing he could do to prevent the goals.

Calum Chambers-5

Looked fairly composed but always seems to look fairly uncomfortable at right back as opposed to centre half.

Shkodran Mustafi-4

Rash in tackles and not at all commanding, Mustafi had a day to forget. Caught napping at the front post (for second week in a row) for Newcastle’s first goal and wasn’t a calming presence next to young Holding.

Rob Holding-6

Still a young defender who is hard in his tackles however doesn’t seem to have improved greatly since his successful first season. A lack of games at Premier League level this season must be disappointing for him.

Nacho Monreal-5

Average on Sunday, but in fairness was probably tired from Thursday’s game in Russia. Not as animate on the left as usual.

Joe Willock-5

Don’t like to be hard on youngsters and our defeat is by no means the fault of his, however I’m not sure if he will be the solution to our midfield issues. Looked nervous on the ball, still needs time to improve before he makes the first team step up.

Mohammad Elneny-6

Always a very energetic midfielder, didn’t have a bad game but overall Newcastle won the midfield battle.

Granit Xhaka-5

Perhaps expected more from Xhaka considering he missed the midweek game. Not that composed at doesn’t put his defence behind him at ease.

Alex Iwobi-7

Although the result didn’t go our way, one player I feel can leave St James’ Park with his head held high was Iwobi. His second half performance greatly improved and looked the only player that would create any clear cut chances towards the end.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-6

Didn’t really get any service against a rigid Newcastle defence. Exceptional assist for Lacazette’s goal after a lovely touch to bring the ball down and an exquisite cross.

Alexandre Lacazette-6

Again, hardly any service for the Frenchman. Took his chance at an awkward height to volley, what you expect from an accomplished finisher.


Danny Welbeck and Ainsley Maitland Niles both came on towards the end but didn’t have the time to make a great impact.

Darius Moghtadaii


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