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Here is how Jack Rosser rated the Arsenal players at St James’ Park...
Mat Ryan 6
Had very little to deal with on his third Arsenal start but stood up when called upon.
Hector Bellerin 6
Played a role in the early opener with a cross from the right. No trouble defensively.
David Luiz 7
Kept things tight at the back - admittedly against little opposition - on his return from injury before being he forced off just six minutes into the second half.
Should have doubled Arsenal’s lead just after the hour mark but he sent a header over the bar.
Granit Xhaka 7
Picked up an early booking but another good display as a make-shift full-back.
Calmed any nerves with a fantastic first Premier League goal after just five minutes and controlled the midfield thereafter.
Dani Ceballos 7
A far more encouraging display than Thursday night against Villarreal. Showed some nice touches and helped the Gunners dictate the afternoon.
A quiet afternoon from the former Chelsea man, hardly the sort of performance that will get him in the side for Thursday.
Martin Odegaard 7
Offered intensity and vision against a tightly packed Newcastle defence.
Gabriel Martinelli 7
Proved a threat throughout down the left and put the ball on a plate for Aubameyang’s goal with a delicious cross. Fortunate to avoid a bad injury late on following a horror tackle from Fabian Schar.
Back in for a first start since April 3 after suffering from malaria, looked bright in the box from the off and found his finishing touch with a well taken goal after the break.
Calum Chambers 6
Ensured the loss of David Luiz was not at all felt after slotting in alongside Gabriel at the back.
Nicolas Pepe n/a
Thomas Partey n/a