Arsenal player ratings: Overall score 49 as Ben White has a torrid night in Newcastle defeat | Soccer | sport
Arsenal looked out of ideas as Ben White’s own goal condemned Mikel Arteta’s side to a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on Monday. The Gunners’ Champions League hopes are out of their hands as they failed to reclaim fourth place from Tottenham Hotspur before the final day of the season. sports express assess Arsenal players on a potentially season-ending night at St. James’ Park.
Aaron Ramsdale – 3
Produced a fine save to deny Allan Saint-Maximin late in the first half but looked shaky for most of the night. Arsenal’s nervous performance came from the back.
Takehiro Tomiyasu – 1
Was run absolutely ragged by Saint-Maximin, winning none of his five duels and being dribbled past four times before coming off the pitch injured after 39 minutes.
Ben White – 2
None of the Arsenal defenders looked the least bit assured, and his own goal made St. James’ Park even stronger.
Gabriel Magalhaes – 4
Maintained 91% passing accuracy and won both of his ground duels. Probably Arsenal’s best defender. The bar was not high.
Nuno Tavares – 2
Failed to act as an effective outlet down the left, completing only 63% of his passes, and was retired after an hour.
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Mohamed Elneny – 6
Both Arsenal midfielders were their best players but they were beaten in the midfield battle. Mohamed Elneny will deserve his new contract at the Emirates.
Granite Xhaka – 6
Maintained 85% passing accuracy, completed his five long balls and completed his two grab attempts.
Bukayo Saka – 2
A ghost all evening. Arsenal needed their big players to show up at Tyneside, but Bukayo Saka didn’t.
Martin Odegaard – 5
Created three chances but could not single-handedly fire Arsenal’s attack.
Emile Smith Rowe – 3
Like Saka, struggled to make an impact on the wing and wasn’t helped by Nuno Tavares’ poor performance.
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Eddie Nketiah – 2
Just 25 touches on a night dominated by the hosts. Reserved for a nasty clash with Fabian Schar.
Cedric Soares – 5
I should have started in place of Tavares. Came on for the final 40 minutes and won all three ground duels and recorded 90% passing accuracy.
Gabriel Martinelli – 3
I had trouble getting into the game after entering the game.
Alexandre Lacazette – 3
Probably his last away game for Arsenal. Couldn’t inspire the attack from the bench but could be in the Champions League elsewhere next season anyway.
Nicolas Pepe – 1
His time at Arsenal must almost be up. Flop certified.
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