Arsenal Player ratings vs Newcastle 29.08.15

Petr Cech 6 – Another clean sheet and now within reaching distance of being the all time Premier League leader in that category. Cech won’t have many easier, more leisurely afternoons than he had against ten man Newcastle as they hardly presented him with anything threatening.

Hector Bellerin 6 – Offered width down the right hand side, as usual, and tracked back well to nullify Newcastle’s attempts at counter attacks with his blinding pace.

Laurent Koscielny 6.5 – Looked composed and confident dealing with, again, the very little Newcastle had to offer.

Gabriel Paulista 7.5 – Per Mertesacker will be looking over his towering shoulders only to see the frightening grimace of Arsenal’s raw Brazilian enforcer lurking in the shadows. Looked far more comfortable with Koscielny alongside him than he did with Calum Chambers last week and offered a glimpse of his potential with a confident performance.

Nacho Monreal 7 – Showed a fantastic understanding with Alexis Sanchez to overlap on more than one occasion and present a threat with his crossing ability. Something something, ten man Newcastle something something not threatening Arsenal’s back four.

Francis Coquelin 8 – The best way to shut your critics up is to either two foot them or put in performances like the Frenchman did today. Surprisingly drew more fouls, including the red card that saw Mitrovic off than he committed. Still not up to the standards of Santi Cazorla or Arsenal’s most technically proficient players when it comes to his distribution (then again, hardly anyone is) but he continued to make the defensive midfield position his own.

Santi Cazorla 7 – Looked like he would be the most obvious victim of Newcastle’s ‘foul everything that moves’ tactic but overcame the physicality of the game to control the tempo well, allowing Aaron Ramsey to bomb forward.

Aaron Ramsey 7.5 – Won the man of the match and covered every single blade of grass on the pitch. The Welshman was accused of playing selfishly a few weeks ago against West Ham but he’s shown his desire to give every bit of energy to the cause. Unfortunately, he doesn’t look as much of a goal threat as we need him to be at the moment.

Alexis Sanchez 7 – Came close on more than one occasion and was unlucky not to have Mesut Özil behind him to take advantage of ten man Newcastle.

Theo Walcott 5 – Ineffectual until subbed off, due in part to the fact that Newcastle sat deep once Mitrovic was sent off. That still doesn’t change the fact the the Englishman had a hat trick of clear cut chances that he blew along with his hopes to cement his place as the starting forward this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6.5 – Despite helping Coloccini score the winner, the Ox did not offer that same unpredictable, mazy dribbling that he usually does. Did not look too threatening down the right, especially as much as you would hope against a side missing a man.

Mikel Arteta N/A – Came on late to steady the ship and see out the game.

Olivier Giroud N/A – Opened the Arsenal attack much more  but was wasteful with a one on one chance at the very last second.

Mahmoud Jaber

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