Arsenal moved into the top 10 of the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night which extends their unbeaten run to six games across all competitions, keeping clean sheets in all of the last five. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a second-half brace while Bukayo Saka also got on the scoresheet as Mikel Arteta’s men clinched the full three points to move six off of fifth-placed Tottenham, who have played one extra match. Express Sport rates and slates the Gunners after their 3-0 triumph.
Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle
Bernd Leno – 6
Hardly called upon all match. As comfortable an evening for the German goalkeeper as they come, with just the one shot on target to deal with.
Cedric Soares – 7
Some dangerous deliveries including a low first-half cross into Lacazette and solid enough defensively. Great work for Arsenal’s third goal, just keeping the ball in play before squaring to Aubameyang.
Rob Holding – 6
A steady showing at the back and rarely looked too troubled despite the aerial threat of Andy Carroll. Good block on a Callum Wilson shot on a second-half Newcastle counter.
David Luiz – 6
Headed wide from a corner when he might’ve hit the target after bursting into space but largely decent defensively, bar some uneedless fouls. Could be quicker in passing out from the back at times and might’ve made more from another late headed attempt too.
Kieran Tierney – 7
Back from injury and as comfortable ever both defensively and offensively. Almost got an assist from a low cross that narrowly evaded Lacazette and then put another decent ball in soon after. Offers the team so much when he’s on the pitch.
Thomas Partey – 8
Improves Arsenal’s midfield tenfold, most notably on the ball. A good long ball into Smith Rowe led to an Aubameyang shot over the bar while it was he who set Aubameyang on his way for the goal with a similar pass. Taken off for some vital rest with 25 minutes to go.
Granit Xhaka – 6
The Swiss seems to benefit from Partey’s presence, as you would expect, and they are a decent two-man partnership. Xhaka can learn a thing or two from how quick the Ghanaian is getting the team moving forward, mind.
Bukayo Saka – 8
Got his fourth league goal of the season with another bright performance. Brilliant movement for his strike, moving into space in the box before applying a tidy finish. Great link-up throughout, also playing a role in Arsenal’s third goal of the night. What a player he’s going to be.
Emile Smith Rowe – 8
Pivotal yet again with another creative display. Should’ve got an assist for Aubameyang when he hit the post and then a bright run to set up another shot for the Arsenal striker in the first half. A superb driving run to set up Saka’s goal to make it 2-0 Arsenal. Such a classy player even at his young age.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8
Somehow missed an empty net in the first half and should’ve passed to Tierney in one first-half chance before he opted to run it straight into Matt Ritchie. Much better second half though and a brilliant run and finish to make it 1-0, before being in the right place to make it 3-0. Taken off shortly after. A real confidence-boosting night, as his smiles in the stands said towards the end.
Alexandre Lacazette – 6
Had a strong effort early in the second half denied by Karl Darlow and was then inches away from putting Tierney’s cross into goal. Also had a header well saved. Nearly but not quite for the Frenchman.
Mohamed Elneny (on for Partey min 67) – 6
Gave Partey some valuable rest. The difference in levels was notable, though.
Willian (on for Aubameyang min 79) – N/A
Touched the ball a few times. Put a free-kick into the wall.
Gabriel Martinelli (on for Smith Rowe min 82) – N/A
A nice late cameo for the Brazilian.