[Player Ratings] Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners Defence Holds Firm To Clinch Top Spot
Arsenal edged past Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park thanks to a second half winner from striker Olivier Giroud. Here are my ratings from the game.
Arsenal edged past Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park thanks to a second half winner from Olivier Giroud to move back to the top of the league heading into the New Year.
Here are my ratings from the game:
Had very little to do in terms of shot-stopping but the Pole dealt with a number of tricky crosses well. Got away with a poor clearance in the second half though.
The Frenchman was excellent at the back and kept Gouffran relatively quiet. He was a little disappointing with his crosses but overall a very good days work.
Magnificent display from the stand-in skipper. Held the defence together and his height was important to keep the hosts at bay. Reads the game superbly.
Recalled in place of the unwell Vermaelen and resurrected his impressive partnership with Mertesacker. A rock at the back, although his passing was a little suspect at times.
Was given a tough time by Debuchy in the opening 20 minutes but settled into the game. His final ball going forward was a little wasteful before going off in the 71st minute.
A terrier in midfield as he chased down every ball. Protected his defence expertly before reverting to left-back when Gibbs went off.
Below par from the midfielder. He seemed a little off the pace and his passing was poor for much of the game.
The Czech ace didn’t do too much going forward but was full of energy and worked his socks off.
Disappointing performance from he Spaniard. Was expected to step up and fill the creative void left by Mesut Ozil’s absence but failed to deliver.
Wasn’t at his best for much of the game but created the games only goal with a lovely free-kick. Went close to adding a second minutes later but hit the bar.
Ended his lean spell with a neat header. Hopefully it will do him the world of good to ease some of the pressure off his shoulders. He did miss another good chance to add a second but was involved in some nice link-up play at times.
Arteta 6/10, Jenkinson N/A, Bendtner N/A.
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