Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners stars rated and slated in slim win over Toon

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Granit Xhaka – 6Barring a few misplaced passes, Arsenal’s captain for the day had a relatively easy afternoon partnering Guendouzi in midfield.Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 3The 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. 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. latest Arsenal enjoyed a comfortable opening-day win 5 5 deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 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. New job Getty Images Bernd Leno – 6Looked 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 – 8Offered a threat from right-back and was defensively solid. He won the ball back and produced a brilliant cross for Aubameyang’s goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores for Arsenal against Newcastle Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ 5 FAREWELL LATEST OFF Maitland-Niles impressed at right-back BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Matteo Guendouzi battles with Joelinton Calum Chambers – 8His 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 – 7Struggled with Joelinton’s physicality at times, but he still formed a comfortable-looking partnership with Chambers.Nacho Monreal – 8The 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 – 7Broke up play numerous times and kept Arsenal ticking. His awareness to sense danger helped Arsenal’s defence today. 5 Getty Images – Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas stalemate Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasn’t at his best Getty Images – Getty Joe Willock – 5Showed glimpses of quality in a number 10 role, but was marked well by Isaac Hayden.Reiss Nelson – 5He 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 – 7Always 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. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 5 Getty targets Getty Subs:Dani Ceballos – 4Came on shortly after Arsenal had taken the lead and did not add much to the game.Nicolas Pepe – 4He did not have enough time to make an impact, but showed neat touches and blistering pace on the wing.Gabriel Martinelli – N/AThe Brazilian did not have enough time on the pitch to make an impactlast_img read more