Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners’ player ratings as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strikes at St James’ Park


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Arsenal got their season off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Newcastle.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck in the 58th minute to down Steve Bruce’s men.

Arsenal enjoyed a comfortable opening-day win

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Arsenal enjoyed a comfortable opening-day win

Jonjo Shelvey had hit the crossbar in the first-half, but the Magpies struggled to trouble Arsenal’s defence.

How did the Arsenal team perform individually? Scroll down for talkSPORT.com’s player ratings.

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Bernd Leno – 6

Looked very calm and collected on the ball and his distribution was good. His only meaningful save came when Joelinton shot straight at him.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 8

Offered a threat from right-back and was defensively solid. He won the ball back and produced a brilliant cross for Aubameyang’s goal.

Maitland-Niles impressed at right-back

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Maitland-Niles impressed at right-back

Calum Chambers – 8

His ball-playing abilities will suit Arsenal’s style under Emery. The former Southampton defender put in a very strong showing at St James’ Park.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 7

Struggled with Joelinton’s physicality at times, but he still formed a comfortable-looking partnership with Chambers.

Nacho Monreal – 8

The Spaniard will be feeling the pressure following the £25million signing of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic, however, he was faultless on Tyneside.

Matteo Guendouzi – 7

Broke up play numerous times and kept Arsenal ticking. His awareness to sense danger helped Arsenal’s defence today.

Matteo Guendouzi battles with Joelinton

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Matteo Guendouzi battles with Joelinton

Granit Xhaka – 6

Barring a few misplaced passes, Arsenal’s captain for the day had a relatively easy afternoon partnering Guendouzi in midfield.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 3

The playmaker gave the ball away far too many times and missed a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the first-half when he blazed over from close-range.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasn’t at his best

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasn’t at his best

Joe Willock – 5

Showed glimpses of quality in a number 10 role, but was marked well by Isaac Hayden.

Reiss Nelson – 5

He was anonymous for large parts of the game and his set-piece delivery was poor. He will hope he has another chance to impress Emery in the future.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7

Always looked threatening running in behind. He was starved of service for most of the contest, however, he kept a cool head to poke the ball past Martin Dubravka just before the hour mark.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores for Arsenal against Newcastle

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores for Arsenal against Newcastle

Subs:

Dani Ceballos – 4

Came on shortly after Arsenal had taken the lead and did not add much to the game.

Nicolas Pepe – 4

He did not have enough time to make an impact, but showed neat touches and blistering pace on the wing.

Gabriel Martinelli – N/A

The Brazilian did not have enough time on the pitch to make an impact


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