Player ratings, fan reaction & more: Toothless Arsenal’s Top-4 hopes go up in smoke at hands of brilliant Newcastle

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Player ratings, fan reaction & more: Toothless Arsenal’s Top-4 hopes go up in smoke at hands of brilliant Newcastle

Result

Arsenal’s must-win trip to Tyneside on Monday evening saw Mikel Arteta’s troops come up short in a major, major way, to see the club’s Champions League-shaped dreams go up in smoke.

The Gunners of course travelled to St. James’ Park a short time ago, in the knowledge that nothing but a three-point haul would suffice up against a much-improved Newcastle outfit.

This came after Mikel Arteta’s troops were leapfrogged into the top-4 by north London rivals Tottenham just over 24 hours ago.

In the end, however, such efforts proved futile, as a toothless Arsenal outfit were put to the sword in deserved fashion by two goals to nil.

After Newcastle completely dominated the opening 45 minutes, Ben White set the scoring in motion at the wrong end early in the 2nd-half, in directing Joelinton’s delivery from the left beyond Aaron Ramsdale:

And the clash was ended as a contest minutes from time, when Bruno Guimaraes continued to add to his icon status on Tyneside with Newcastle’s 2nd:

Player Ratings

Newcastle

Martin Dubravka – 5.5 – Will hardly enjoy a more comfortable night across his entire career.

Emil Krafth – 5.5 – In truth, there is not a lot to be said for Newcastle’s defence this evening. All stepped up to the plate to keep an admittedly lacklustre Arsenal attack at bay with ease.

Fabian Schar – 5 – Untroubled throughout his 48 minutes on the pitch, before being hauled off owing to a nasty head injury.

Dan Burn – 6 – A leader at the back once again. What a superb signing Burn has proven.

Matt Targett – 6 – Like those around him, dealt with what came his way in confident fashion.

Bruno Guimaraes – 6.5 – Dominated proceedings in the middle of the park during the first-half, before bagging the killer 2nd for Newcastle late on.

Sean Longstaff – 5.5 – A quiet but effective showing from the 24-year-old, who kept things ticking over with minimal fuss.

Joelinton – 7 – Continues to impress in his berth in Newcastle’s engine room. A tireless showing interspersed with moments of quality, including the assist for the game’s opener.

Miguel Almiron – 5.5 – Started off brightly down the hosts’ right, but saw his influence wane as the game wore on. Solid if nothing else.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 6 – Lively and incisive along the left flank, ASM forced Ramsdale into a smart first-half save, before releasing Joelinton in the buildup to the game’s first goal.

Callum Wilson – 6.5 – Led the line superbly, causing Arsenal’s backline all sorts of problems. Unlucky not to add his name to the scoresheet.

Substitutes

Jamaal Lascelles5.5 – Introduced just beyond the interval, and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Ryan Fraser – 4.5 – Could have added to Newcastle’s advantage late on.

Jacob Murphy – 4.5 – Like Fraser, could well have done better to add to the hosts’ lead after his late introduction.

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsdale – 5.5 – Looked shaky from the off, and was lucky not to cost his side a goal courtesy of numerous poor passes. Did produce some impressive saves to prevent the scoreline becoming an embarrassing one, though.

Takehiro Tomiyasu – 3 – Lasted just 40 minutes before being forced to limp out of proceedings with a hamstring injury. Did not exactly excel prior to his early exit from the action, either.

Ben White – 4 – Like Ramsdale behind him, endured a rough opening to the evening, before netting the own goal which could well have brought his side’s Champions League dream to an end.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 4.5 – Another who was perhaps lacking in match fitness, Gabriel looked a touch off the pace on Tyneside.

Nuno Tavares – 5.5 – The best of a poor Arsenal backline on the night. Looked dangerous when afforded the chance to surge forward before being hooked just beyond the hour as his side went in search of an equaliser.

Mohamed Elneny – 5 – Characteristically neat in possession, but his influence, in truth, was minimal.

Granit Xhaka – 5 – Struggled in his efforts to come to grips with Newcastle’s midfield, albeit whilst looking better in the 2nd-half. Xhaka, through no fault of his own, appears to have run out of steam as the season’s end approaches.

Bukayo Saka – 5.5 – As always, did his utmost to create from his berth on the right flank, but simply couldn’t will his teammates into any sort of attacking rhythm.

Martin Odegaard – 4.5 – A really disappointing evening for the Gunners’ attacking string-puller, who just couldn’t get himself into the game against a physical Newcastle midfield.

Emile Smith Rowe – 4 – Another underwhelming showing from Arsenal’s gifted academy product, who has looked some way short of his brilliant best over recent weeks.

Eddie Nketiah – 5 – Looked, alongside Saka, the visitors’ only remote threat throughout much of the clash. Took too much out of the ball on occasion, though.

Substitutes

Cedric Soares – 4 – Caught high up the pitch as Newcastle broke to open the scoring. Not good enough for a side with Champions League aspirations.

Gabriel Martinelli4.5 – Immediately added some impetus to Arsenal’s frontline, but his end product was altogether non-existent.

Alexandre Lacazette – 3.5 – Brought on to add more of a focal point to the visitors’ attack, but failed to do so in any way, shape or form.

Nicolas Pepe – 4 – Looked lively after coming on, but his final ball proved sorely lacking amid another night to forget for Arsenal’s record signing.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 37 28 6 3 96 24 72 90
2 Liverpool FC 36 26 8 2 89 24 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 36 20 10 6 73 31 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 21 5 11 64 40 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 36 21 3 12 56 45 11 66
6 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 57 56 1 58
7 West Ham United 37 16 8 13 59 48 11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 15 6 16 37 40 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 13 9 14 57 57 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 11 15 11 39 43 -4 48
11 Brentford FC 37 13 7 17 47 54 -7 46
12 Crystal Palace 36 10 15 11 47 43 4 45
13 Aston Villa 36 13 5 18 49 50 -1 44
14 Newcastle United 36 11 10 15 40 61 -21 43
15 Southampton FC 36 9 13 14 41 61 -20 40
16 Everton FC 36 10 6 20 39 59 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 8 11 18 40 78 -38 35
18 Burnley FC 36 7 13 16 32 50 -18 34
19 Watford FC 37 6 5 26 33 75 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 5 7 25 23 79 -56 22

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