How did the players fare in Newcastle United's 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal?

NEWCASTLE (3-4-2-1):

6 Dubravka: Made a decent first-half save from Elneny and did well to hurriedly clear his lines on a number of occasions

4 Fernandez: Didn’t play with usual assurance as Arsenal dominated for long spells – his distribution let him down before he was replaced

5 Clark: Tried his hardest, but was always on the back foot and might have made a better fist of dealing with Martinelli’s cross for the second goal

5 Dummett: Tried his hardest on the left of the back three, but struggled to cope with the movement of the Arsenal attack

4 Murphy: His poorest game for quite some time – repeatedly gave the ball away under little or no pressure

4 Shelvey: Never got to grips with the fluidity of the Arsenal midfield – too many of his hopeful long balls failed to come off

4 S Longstaff: Couldn’t reproduce the form he has been displaying in recent matches and was outplayed by Elneny

7 RITCHIE: Newcastle’s best player as he tore up and down the left flank in an attempt to get his side going

4 Almiron: Suffered a day when pretty much nothing went right for him – didn’t seem entirely sure exactly where he was meant to be playing

6 Saint-Maximin: Made a couple of decent dribbles in the first half, but was never really a factor in and around the Arsenal box

5 Wilson: Made a welcome return to the starting line-up, although his most telling contribution came when he cleared from his own goalline


Schar (for Fernandez, 72)

Joelinton (for Almiron, 72)

Gayle (for Clark, 85)

(not used): Gillespie (gk), Krafth, Lewis, M Longstaff, Hendrick, Anderson.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1):

Ryan 6; Bellerin 7, Luiz 6 (Chambers 53, 6), Gabriel 7, Xhaka 6; ELNENY 8, Ceballos 7; Willian 6, Odegaard 6 (Partey 85), Martinelli 7; Aubameyang 8 (Pepe 77).

Subs (not used): Leno (gk), Cedric, Mari, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah.

Man Of The Match: MOHAMED ELNENY – The Arsenal midfielder set the tone of the game with his early opener, and controlled the central part of the pitch all afternoon.