Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Arsenal v Newcastle player ratings. Ozil's 10 but who got only 5?


By Joss Bennett

Wojciech Szczesny – Got away with the usual heart-attack moment when he just beat Yoann Gouffran to a short back-pass at 1-0. Had nothing else to do in the first half but made a decent save when called pon in the second which prevented any sniff of a Toon comeback. 7/10

Bacary Sagna – Untroubled by Gouffran in the first half, but looked as young as ever going forward with some dangerous near-post crosses and nice link-up play with Ozil and almost scored with a strong header from a corner at 1-0. 8/10

Per Mertesacker - Remained solid at the back under little pressure. Zero tackles and just the one interception shows how untroubled he was throughout. 6/10

Laurent Koscielny – The other half of Arsenal’s pairing once again scored the goal that could keep Arsenal in the Champions League. He was caught on his heels by a swift Newcastle break in the second half but recovered well to keep the pressure on Gouffran and force the mistake and was otherwise solid. 7/10

Nacho Monreal – Kieran Gibbs’ stand-in will have been relieved to have an easier match to play in after struggling for form this season. Moussa Sissoko asked a little more of the Spaniard than Gouffran on the other side but Monreal stood up well to the challenge and pushed him back in the second half. 7/10

Mikel Arteta – A little lazy with some of his cross-field passing in the first half as Arsenal tried to get Podolski into the game (in vain) but showed his promise when played alongside a more sensible midfield partner. Made 7 tackles and 2 interceptions. 7/10

Aaron Ramsey – Quiet first half, but good ball over the top of the Newcastle defence set up Giroud who eventually set up Ozil for the second goal. The Welshman added another ‘pre-assist’ in a role-reversal third goal for Giroud. Also showed his defensive prowess with 5 tackles in his 75 minutes. 8/10

Santi Cazorla – Combined well with Ozil down the right flank for much of the first half, generally dropping deeper himself and looking for the German’s off the ball runs. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself at the end of the first half when Krul pulled off an excellent save and had another two chances in the box he might have done better with. 9/10

Mesut Ozil – Looked much fresher after a lengthy lay-off from injury; making runs on and off the ball with four successful dribbles. The German scored his 5th a fine assist (his 9th of the campaign) to kill the game off with his pin-point cross for Giroud. 10/10 MotM

Lukas Podolski – The German forward is expected to leave in the summer and you can see why. He was typically invisible for much of the game, and missed his one big chance to score at 1-0 and then faded out again. 5/10

Olivier Giroud – Scored his traditional goal against Newcastle to make it four in four for him against the Magpies. Should’ve doubled the score himself at 1-0 when he was played in behind the defence but got away with two poor finishes. Continued to look off the pace but that’s natural after the season he has had. 7/10

Subsitutions: 

Tomas Rosicky – Only came on for the last 15 minutes but in typical Mozart fashion looked full of energy and looked desperate to find a fourth goal to celebrate. Continues to shine at 33. 6/10

Matthieu Flamini, Yaya Sanogo – Neither substitute affected the game in any great detail. The latter is still searching for his first Arsenal goal. N/R

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