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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle: Devastating Walcott Tears Geordies Apart

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 7-3 in a thriller at the Emirates on Saturday with Theo Walcott grabbing a hat-trick. Here are my player ratings from the game.Theo

Theo Walcott

What. A. Game. Pure entertainment. We were devastating going forward in the second half but poor at the back. The score could have been anything in the end but I’ll take a 7-3 win! Here are my ratings for the Arsenal boys.

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Conceded from a free-kick once again, although this one was largely down to a deflection off Wilshere. Couldn’t do a lot about the other two goals and made a couple of decent saves in the first half.

Sagna – 4 – Very Poor. Got beaten far too easily by Obertan for Newcastle’s second and generally struggled to contain the winger throughout.

Koscielny – 6 – Steady for the returning Koscielny who came in for Mertesacker. Isn’t as composed as the big German and could have done more to cut out Obertan’s low cross for their second. But he never stopped running and gave his all as usual.

Vermaelen – 7 – Better from the captain. I think he’s more comfortable with Per next to him but he still stuck to his job well and didn’t really put a foot wrong.

Gibbs – 6 – Excellent going forward but awful at the back. Poor positional play allowed Marveaux to be free at the far post to tap home Newcastle’s second and also completely lost Ba for the third. But on the positive side, Gibbsy was great going forward and was involved in the build-up for a couple of goals. Just needs to improve his concentration at the back.

Arteta – 7 – Steady and unspectacular from the Spaniard. Kept things ticking over in the middle of the park.

Wilshere – 7.5 – ‘Bottled it’ when he ducked out the way for the Ba free kick but apart form that Jack was very good. A lot of our good play went through him and we saw some of his trademark twists and turns, as well as some excellent passing.

Cazorla – 7 – Pretty quiet considering we scored seven. Had a few shots on goal and bagged an assist but more to come from him.

Chamberlain – 6.5 – Scored a lovely, and long overdue, goal and looks to be settling in to his right wing role. Could have been more positive at times when in possession but another encouraging display.

Podolski – 8 – Excellent from Poldi. Was our best player in the first half, fighting for every ball and got a superb assist for the opener. Linked up well with Gibbs in the second period.

Walcott – 10 – Unplayable. Three goals and two assists. Can’t ask much more from him! His first was pure ‘Henry’. Absolute class. Second was another superb finish but the third was something we don’t see from Theo enough. He jinked his way past several challenges, showing excellent close control, before dinking over Krul. Stunning. Fully deserves a run up front but showed he’s also vital from the wing with a superb cross for Giroud’s first. JUST SIGN DA TING THEO!!!


Giroud – 9 – Superb cameo. Took both his goals well and went close to getting his third but hit the bar from close range.

Ramsey -N/A – On too late

Coquelin – N/A – On too late

Overall it was an excellent result and Theo Walcott will grab the headlines – deservedly so – for his superb performance. We’re up to fifth, just three points behind third-placed Tottenham with a game in hand. A couple of quality buys in January and we’re laughing.

What were your ratings from the game? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Painters Decorators London

    December 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Great performance by Walcott

  2. richard

    December 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    The jury is still out on Theo and Arsenal. One win against a very tired and depleted team doesn’t make for a better Arsenal. Let’s see how they cope with a United or Chelsea or City and than we can have a real discussion. Nice victory but let’s get ahead of ourselves.

    • richard

      December 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Let’s NOT get Head of ourselves

      • gooner14

        December 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        ohh shut up already about the jury…he always does well against chelsea, tottenham, and even barcelona…AND YOU KNOW IT!

        Today I apologize to Sir Walcott. You truly are a great talent, and I have been wrong all those years for wanting you gone. I even blamed you for ending Vela’s career by giving you too many chances at one point, and hoped for the OX to bide you farewell. I take all of that back and apologize.

        I wish you the best wherever you play across the front three. I believe you have earned an apology from all Arsenal fan, as well as respect for what you showed us again.Neither Nasri, RVP, Cesc, nor Thierry played like you before they eventually moved on after refusing to stay. You have proved to us, you want to stay, get chances to score goals, and continue to provide for Arsenal. I hope the board can work it out with you. You have finally arrived.

        Also I don’t care if you’ve lead the line against bottom of the table Reading, Wigan, and Newcastle last. Tim Krul is an amazing goalkeeper, and you had him skinned. Reading’s gk isn’t a joker either despite their defensive showings, and neither is Wigan’s.

        Here’s to a great 2013 theo! I still remember the picture in the paper when you signed, and like any young boy then hope you’d be our next star. You have just started your journey there.

        • EIE

          December 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

          What a knob! He’s played like a tosser for 6 years and now he wants a payrise he finally puts some effort in. More rubbish from an armchair supporter. In Arsene we Rust!

  3. Cas

    December 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    7 is much for Arteta, he didn’t have a better game than Koscielny. Walcott was both our best & worst player 2day. Great finishes & very frustrating touches & passes at times. Kudos! Hapi for Giroud & Podolski, both chipping in goals in bits

  4. Raymond

    December 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    crisis i think not four wins on the trot and people are still unhappy about our displays. Arsenal are unpredictable lately thats makes as dangerous.

  5. lawafc

    December 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Far far too high a score for Gibbs!!

    the worst left back since …. the other left back we have at the club.

    we most sign a decent LB who knows how to defend plus a DM. plus jenkinson should play instead of sagna. I like sagna after that last injury he is not the same player anymore.

    plus…. we MUST sign Walcott.

    so what will our beloved zipper playing manager do … sell walcott to a rival and sign a 16 year old attacking midfielder

  6. orca

    December 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Ive been quiet about gibbs for long eneough.what a shit defender. His primary job is to defend and what a woeful defender he is. He creates very few quality crosses and spends as much time on the sidelines as daren anderton ( sicknote)

  7. vanditha

    December 30, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Walcott i think he should practice more about ball controlling in the training he is still weak when the others players passing to him .Wenger must find the solution how to improve the defensive …We should use 1 defender to catch one striker do not allow the space for them .such as the third conceding. Vermalen and gibbs give the space to Demba Ba to much……..We should correct it .

  8. Samedoo

    December 30, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Aha! I predicted 3-1 win for the gunners and after watching the match i saw a figure 7-3 wow! No problem a win is win and nevertheless the 3 is in the score line so i was almost there.
    Theo! Theo!! Theo!!! You have shown us why u’re pushing yourself up front, Theo the only thing i want from u now is jst “SIGN DA NONSENSE” UP Gunners! #HALA GUNAZ! #HALA SAMEDOO! #HALA INVISIBLES!

  9. musa kibet

    December 30, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Theo should be granted his desire to play as a central striker. he will be our next henry

  10. don

    December 30, 2012 at 5:07 am

    fact! we were better because of the week rest,otherwise newcastle almost matched our performance three quarter of the game,still,at the back of playing man utd away.sagna just like the previous game,should have been subbed.this is one of the major factors why we will never challenge for trophies,AW has favouritism and does it at the expense of the team.we need competition for positions n change in tactics because honestly,if castle were as fresh as we were,it could have been a long night,we might not have won.competition is what wins trophies for a talented team like ours,giroud will now always give 200% whether he starts or not because of theo,competition brings out the best of a team.we still need an imposing DM n a left back cover.that will allow competition n depth at all positions,with podolski also competing with theo n giroud for striking,we can win trophies.1st step must be signing theo,then doing the rest.good win,big boost for morale n hope for the best.

  11. ola

    December 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

    bring any team….teo is there for me.teoooooooooo

  12. Hard Ogura

    December 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    That is good evaluation but I wouldn’t give Jack 7.5 as he dodged the ball that deflected to a goal and he over stayed infront leaving Artete alone to sheild both sides of the defence. He was over worked.

    Ox also some how failed to cover Sagna as he struggle throughou the game. He even drifted to central mid instead of his seven. No consistent link up with Sagna.

    Kos performed averagely as his forward passings were blind compared to the usual Per whom all the defenders depend on to accurately pass forward.

    As to Walcott, the 10 is much as he almost let the team down when they would have been 2 or 3 up when he missed one on one with the keeper and another counter when he failed to pass to Ox to finish off the counter. He only held on, on only one long ball for others to come and link up. His controls are still poor. 10 means he got everything right.

    Arteta and other mid fielders should learn the balls for Walcott like how the Germany Podo knows. Excellent pass Podo. Penetrative, long and weighed for him, defender and keeper and leave the rest for him. I think Steve Gerald kind of passing.

    Szen was very good in catching those high balls in the box. Happy to see him doing so as the aerial balls are a real problem to Arsenal defence.

    Gibbs was so much out of position, probably due minimal cover from a left dm ( Jack) who was always far upfront or the right.

    They need to learn how to position themselves when defending as only one opponent could mix up almost 3-4 defenders

  13. xharix yohens

    December 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Very flattering scoreline. Its clear we an M’villa in there. Weldone Walcott.I look forward too seein you in the red white for many more years buh if u go, another shall surely rise up and take up your place.hala gooners!

  14. mike

    December 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I didn’t watch the match but I’m very happy about the 7-3 scoreline. No team is bad in the premiership so those thinking we shout play the ‘big guns’ to prove our team is good are mistaken. Let’s give them all the encouragement so that they will be confident to play any team they meet, both home and abroad. Good show!

  15. may7heaven

    December 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    We have to stop saying ‘just sign da ting Theo’. As always, AW’s been playing hardball in the hope of saving a few quid (like we haven’t already lost enough first teamers due to this type of stupid posturing). Then he wastes money on overpaying very average players that never get near the first team. Arsene just stop f*cking about and pay the guy what he’s worth.

  16. may7heaven

    December 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Sorry about the link on the word ‘players'(above). I don’t know how it got there, it certainly didn’t come from me.

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