Arsenal went straight to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, bouncing back from their failure in the Europa League semi-finals.
The Gunners took the lead in six minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s miss sent the ball in the way of Mohamed Elneni, and the Egyptian made a bouncing shot outside Martin Dubravka and in the corner of the net.
Arsenal dominated the game from that moment on and doubled their lead in the 66th minute after Gabriel Martinelli scored a great cross into the penalty area and Abameyang acrobatically finished with a volley to kill Newcastle’s hopes.
Mikel Arteta’s men saw the last minutes to reduce the comfortable three points as they prepare for the rematch of the semi-final in the Europa League with Villarreal.
Let’s look at the player rating.
Martin Dubravka (GK) – 6/10 – He got a solid hand on Elneny’s opener, so he could feel he could have done more to turn her down. There is no chance with the second goal.
Federico Fernandez (CB) – 5/10 – He didn’t come across often enough to cover his flank, especially with Martinelli, the ruling rebel. Too many balls allowed in the box.
Ciaran Clark (CB) – 6/10 – Relaxed by the men on either side of him, he handled Aubameyang’s marching well as the striker buried himself brilliantly on the volley.
Paul Dummett (CB) – 5/10 – Caught by Luis’s pass to Belerin down the right, the other teammates remained open. A nap. Not level during the day.
Jacob Murphy (RWB) – 5/10 – We’ll have nightmares on Martinelli on Sunday night, that’s for sure. Torn by the young Brazilian and unable to approach him because of his pace and movement.
Sean Longstaff (CM) – 5/10 – Slow in and out of possession, he offered nothing but a body to stick to the line of fire. A passenger in the 90s.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – 5/10 – He tried his usual wonderful balls up the field, but they were as ambitious as they were inaccurate. He also lacked mobility like his partner and slowed down endlessly.
Miguel Almiron (CM) – 6/10 – Head outside the line to prevent a second goal. That’s why you stick a man on the posts. He seemed to be performing the protective duties of his comrades in the middle, when that was not really his job.
Matt Richie (LWB) – 5/10 – Fully fulfilled by Louise and Bellerin for the first goal and could not offer anything to make Newcastle move up the field.
Alan Saint-Maximin (ST) – 6/10 – Hugged and plunged between challenges, he forced Ryan to fly to the rescue. He did his best to isolate the defenders and roar beyond them, but his abilities were limited.
Callum Wilson (ST) – 5/10 – Move a tied head with a long pole with a long finger. It does nothing about attacking.
Joelinton (ST) – 6/10
Fabian Shar (CB) – 4/10 NOT SO MUCH SUPER SUB! He brought and won a red card for a terribly late challenge.
Dwight Gale (ST) – N / A
Matt Ryan (GK) – 6/10 – A decent stop to deny Saint-Maximin in the first half. He’s not very busy, either.
Hector Belerin (RB) – 7/10 – He avoided Newcastle’s defense to burst on the right flank and deliver the ball to the opener. Decent in defense, too.
David Louise (CB) – 7/10 – A beautiful and delicate ball to release Belerin on the right for the opener. He defended extremely well in the first 50 minutes, but a muscle injury saw that his game was over ahead of schedule.
Gabriel (CB) – 8/10 – Really good, confident display. He did not allow himself to be tormented by Saint-Maximin’s bubble and defended the box perfectly.
Granite Xhaka (LB) – 7/10 – He went to the top corner of the range, but could not beat Dubravka. Not in its best position, but has rarely been tested.
Mohamed Elni (CM) – 8/10 – Who saw this coming ?! A wonderful kick from the edge of the box to get out of the dead end. He almost got his second with a nice header, but Almiron did enough to push him off the line.
Dani Chebalos (CM) – 6/10 – Fighting in the middle and not losing his head, unlike the middle of the week. Better display, albeit against much weaker opposition.
Martin Odegaard (AM) – 7/10 – Disappointing first half, often beating her husband, but disappointed by his last pass. Intelligent on the ball and forcing the Newcastle midfielder in drastic actions more than once.
Willian (RW) – 6/10 – Delivered several extravagant early runs in the first half. He faded a lot during the game, even if he never shone in the first place.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – 7/10 – He shot brilliantly so spectacularly that the ball went back to Elnini for the opener. The haters will say it was an accident. Great finish for his purpose, stretching to bury an acrobatic volley.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – 9/10 – He slid over his marker on that left flank and cut a dangerous ball in six yards, but Aubameyang could not hit the target. He was constantly causing problems down that wing. Threat. Sensational whip delivery for Aubameyang delivery per second.
Calum Chambers (CB) – 7/10
Nicolas Pepe (RW) – 6/10
Thomas Parthey (CM) – N / A