RATINGS: Cazorla & Giroud Superb As Arsenal Thrash Newcastle

By on December 13, 2014

Arsenal were back to their best tonight as we beat Newcastle 4-1 at the Emirates to close in on the top four. Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud both got two each in what was a hugely encouraging performance considering how many key players were missing.

These are my player ratings:

Szczesny – 7/10 – Made a great double save to keep it at 1-0. Handling was sound and could do little for their goal.

Bellerin – 7.5/10 – Great anticipation to regain possession in the build-up to the opening goal and set up Giroud’s second.

Debuchy – 7/10 – Did very well deputising at centre-back. Hardly put a foot wrong.

Mertesacker – 7/10 – Kept Cisse quiet although he did switch off a little for their goal.

Gibbs – 7.5/10 – Very good display from Gibbsy. Keen to get forward and help out the attack.

Flamini – 7/10 – Another solid outing from the Frenchman. He looks a much better player now he’s holding his position in front of the defence and keeping things simple.

Cazorla – 9/10 – Superb. His finish for the first goal was exquisite and had the confidence to chip home the penalty.

The Ox – 8/10 – Really like the look of him in the center of the park. Confident on the ball, ran at the Newcastle players and was always dangerous.

Alexis – 8/10 – Lovely cross for the opener and set up Santi for the second. Worked his nuts off too. Top player.

Welbeck – 7/10 – Unlucky to have a goal ruled out but was a handful for the Magpies. Used his pace to win the penalty.

Giroud – 9/10 – Superb all-round display. Wonderful header to open the scoring and showed a deft touch for his second, but his hold-up play was excellent as well.

Subs: Podolski (6), Coquelin (N/A), Maitland-Niles (N/A)

What do you think of my ratings? What were your ratings from the game? 


  1. porciestreet

    December 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Take the divers and cheats out of the mighty Gooners side and yo couldn’t win an argument. End of and you know it.

    • davidrusa

      December 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

      What is the issue of divers and cheats all about? Who are you referring to? It is not helpful to write for yourself. You should write for others. How is it relevant to the ratings? That aside, on the whole I would say the ratings are as fair as anyone can imagine. By and large most players were given the points they deserved. This is perhaps the best piece of ratings I have seen on the Arsenal-Newcastle game. You should keep up this spirit.

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