A convincing win against a poor Newcastle team. We dominated possession, we dominated the midfield, we dominated also defensively. Overall, we just dominated – we maybe conceded 1-2 chances and I believe we should have been awarded a PK at the end of the game as Lascelles’ elbow into Martinelli’s face was a clear foul and intentional…Anyways…Two very well taken goals by Saka assisted by Tavares and Martinelli by Tomyasu (our wings are working decently 🙂
Ramsdale: Untroubled, calm…6
Tomyasu: Proving to be an astute purchase. An assist and solid going forward and defensively. 7.5
White: Not bothered. Did not take any risks. 6.5
Gabriel: Solid and more daring than White. 7
Tavares: Slowly but surely becoming the Nr.1 option as LB. Bright, brave and solid. Needs to be more aware at times defensively but wonderful going forward. An assist. 8.
Partey: Solid but also guilty of some poor passing once we were up 2-0. 6
Lokonga: Solid, sober. 6.5
Saka: Wonderful before his injury. A goal and plenty of gusto. MOTM. 8
Ode: A rare start. Did not help his cause but did not make it worse either. Some good passing. 6
ESR: A quiet game by his recent standard. 6
Auba: Ghastly. 5.5
Martinelli: Full of life and trickery. A great goal and should have gotten a PK at the end.
Laca: Energetic but not decisive. 5.5
El Neny: N/A.
I think today was a real marker for Arteta’s AFC in many ways
- Ramsdale and the back four are rather solid and seem to enjoy defending together.
- We were supposed to be excited about Auba, Laca and Pepe but in the end, it seems that our excitement and goals may come from ESR, Martinelli and Saka! ESR and Saka are clear starters now and although he needs to become fitter, Martinelli could be the striker we need. Has the change of guard happened…
- Partey, Lokonga – Ode – did not look out of sorts but I still believe this is the area of the pitch that could use some improvement.
The losers: Pepe, Saliba, Auba, Tierney, Cedric/Chambers.
The winners: Tomy, Tavares, Martinelli