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Player ratings as Aubameyang’s masterclass rejects dismal Magpies


Arsenal put Newcastle to the sword on Monday night, as a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sandwiched a strike from Bukayo Saka to secure a sixth win in seven games for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Arsenal looked sharp from the start but were held back until half-time after which they turned the screw.

A scintillating counter saw Thomas Partey turn and pick Aubameyang with a spectacular Holllywood ball, before the striker passed Emil Krafth and left-footed crashing into the roof of the net.

Emile Smith Rowe then reunited with Saka after a brilliant driving race, before a cut from Cedric found Aubameyang rubbing salt on Steve Bruce’s injuries at close range.

Here are the ratings of your players.

Cédric Soares, Jamal Lewis
Cédric achieved a solid performance | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Bernd Leno (GK) – 6/10 – Took a few goal kicks, which was good for him.

Cédric Soares (RB) – 8/10 – Really stable performance from the right rear. Establish the third goal through sheer determination to keep the ball in play. Also managed a nutmeg at one point to free Saka which was just delicious.

Rob Holding (CB) – 6/10 – Barely noticeable, which isn’t always a bad thing for a central defender.

David Luiz (CB) – 6/10 – Looked solid and confident – but under no pressure from Newcastle.

Kieran Tierney (LB) – 7/10 – Watched alive on the left flank and was involved in an intriguing battle with Almiron, who kept him on his toes.

Thomas Partey, Matty Longstaff
Partey was at the heart of everything Arsenal did | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Thomas Partey (CM) – 8/10 – Made his first start since the North London derby in December and made him count as one of the season’s assists for the opening goal. His return to the side took the Arsenal midfielder to another level.

Granite Xhaka (CM) – 6/10 – Tried to move forward and connect well with Tierney on several occasions. The sloppy passes cost his team some promising attacks.

Emile Smith Rowe (CAM) – 8/10 – Intelligent with his use of space and inventive with the ball at his feet. Created two good chances for Arsenal in the first half and scored the second goal with a formidable drive behind the wheel.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emil Krafth
Aubameyang shoots in the opening game | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Bukayo Saka (RW) – 8/10 – I enjoyed something of a free role coming from the right. He was involved in most of the Gunners’ promising attacks as he walked inside on his left foot, and got the reward for his efforts by doubling Arsenal’s lead.

Alexandre Lacazette (CF) – 6/10 – Muted display but one or two moments of magic. Altruistic in his movement which allowed the three behind him to wreak havoc.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW) – 8/10 – I should have marked the first gates but somehow hit the far post at close range. Compensated for this with a vintage Aubameyang goal to open the scoring and doubled his money with a tap-in. He is back.

Mohamed Elneny – 6/10 – To give Partey some rest and keep it simple.

Willian – 5/10 – Replacement of Aubameyang. Involved in some good moves after his introduction but didn’t have much of a chance to shine.

Gabriel Martinelli – 5/10 – Thrown late to get a few minutes in his legs.

Alexandre Lacazette, Karl Darlow
Darlow saves from Lacazette | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Karl Darlow (GK) – 6/10 – Confident performance from a goalie who has earned his first choice status. Brilliant stop low to his right to refuse Lacazette at the start of the second half.

Emil Krafth (RB) – 4/10 – Made to look like a schoolboy by Aubameyang for the opening. It has also been displayed on the counter on several occasions.

Jamaal Lascelles (CB) – 6/10 – Attacked whatever came his way and held it together on a tough night for his team.

Ciaran Clark (CB) – 5/10 – The lack of rhythm has been exposed a few times. Didn’t do much wrong but had a hard time understanding each other.

Jamaal Lewis (LB) – 6/10 – Forced Saka in and held his own pretty well. Can deliver a lot more on the counter, but his team’s tactics… don’t allow it.

Miguel Almiron
Almiron has sought to shake things up for his team | Pool / Getty Images

Miguel Almiron (RW) – 6/10 – Newcastle’s most powerful threat on the counter but seemed strangled by his defensive responsibilities.

Matty Longstaff (CM) – 3/10 – Really struggled to defend against an Arsenal engine room that completely controlled the game. Sacrificed for Hendrick.

Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – 5/10 – Had the most touches of any Newcastle player (apparently) but didn’t do anything with any of them.

Joelinton (LW) – 4/10 – Why Bruce persists with him on the left flank is beyond any of us. Seems completely failed. Just there to fill a jersey.

Cedric Soares, Andy Carroll
Carroll challenges Tierney | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Callum Wilson (CF) – 5/10 – Barely touched the ball as Newcastle were locked up for long spells but looked tidy in possession of the rare occasions he did reach it.

Andy Carroll (CF) – 6/10 – Won a few headers and punches, but it all seemed a bit pointless considering the rest of the squad were camped 50 yards away from him.

Jeff Hendrick – 5/10 – Same issues as his midfielder contemporaries as he struggled to impact the game.

Jacob Murphy – 5/10 – Introduced to give his side a lifeline but struggled.

Elliot Anderson – N / A – for a Premier League debut just seconds from the end.