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Our Player Ratings For 4-0 Defeat At Arsenal

This is the team that fell to Arsenal 4-0 at the Emirates, including the three second-half substitutes.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 6

  • Dubravka was at fault for the Ozil goal. However, it was the third of the match and in the 90th minute. He wasn’t really forced into any noteworthy saves and could do little on the other three goals.

Valentino Lazaro – 6

  • Lazaro was outstanding in the first half. He was a force down the right and made some marauding runs. Valentino was also defensively sound in the early stages. He whipped in some decent corners though Arsenal were able to handle them. The Austrian let Aubamayang get in front of him on the opening goal but was not helped by Fernandez, who was caught ball watching. Was too easily beaten by Saka on the second goal.

Federico Fernandez – 5

  • Should have assisted Lazaro on opening goal. Some great tackles and worked very hard. Was substituted for Ritchie in the 73rd minute as Newcastle transitioned to a back four.

Jamaal Lascelles – 5

  • Domineering performance in the first half but was not switched on for the two late goals. However, the back four were all out of sorts late in the game.

Ciaran Clark – 6

  • Ciaran was forced off with what looks to be a bad ankle injury in the 83rd minute. He and the back three were outstanding in the first half, but all were under immense pressure in the second. Clark wasn’t at fault for either of the first two goals and was off the pitch for the second two. He missed what looked like a sitter after Arsenal’s second that could have changed the game.

Danny Rose – 6

  • Danny linked very well with Allan Saint-Maximin, especially in the first half. However, he is short of match fitness and faded badly in the second half.

Nabil Bentaleb – 4

  • We didn’t see enough from Bentaleb on Sunday. He played the deep-lying playmaker role but had very few impactful moments. Played some decent passes but lacked that killer ball quality that Shelvey possesses. He’s also still short of match fitness.

Sean Longstaff – 5

  • Sean looked very good in the first forty-five minutes when he was able to push forward more. Longstaff almost scored on a deflected shot when Lazaro found him outside the box on a corner. However, he was forced to sit back in the second half and didn’t do enough to help shield the backline.

Miguel Almiron – 5

  • Almiron had an off day as he failed to have a shot or cross all evening. The Paraguayan was full of effort as usual but provided little quality in the final third.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

  • Allan was again our only real threat going forward. He was direct and tried to make things happen. His shot in the second half almost halved Arsenal’s lead, but it hit the post. However, sometimes he does the unnecessary rather than make the simple pass. Allan also fails to release the ball early enough though he also isn’t given many options by his teammates. We have to wonder when the frustration is going to set in for the 22-year-old. He works so hard for minimal reward in this system.

Joelinton – 5

  • Joelinton played well in the first half as he led the line and kept possession. His touch was good, and he made some tidy passes. He did well to find Lazaro in the box early when the Austrian had his shot blocked for a corner. However, he again was nowhere near scoring but for an effort in the first-half that he put wide from an Allan Saint-Maximin pass. It was a little bit behind him though to be fair.


Isaac Hayden – 6

  • Hayden came on for Valentino Lazaro at right-back in the 73rd minute as Newcastle switched to a back four. He again did not look out of place on the right.

Matt Ritchie – 6

  • Ritchie came on for Fede Fernandez in the 73rd minute. He played in the midfield but didn’t have much of an impact.

Fabian Schar – n/a

  • Came of for Ciaran Clark in the 83rd minute. Like Lascelles, he didn’t maintain his concentration until the final whistle and we gave up too sloppy goals as a result. Not on the pitch long enough for a rating.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Arsenal?

  • A. Saint-Maximin (66%, 893 )
  • Valentino Lazaro (8%, 110 )
  • Sean Longstaff (5%, 68 )
  • Martin Dubravka (4%, 55 )
  • Joelinton (3%, 47 )
  • Federico Fernandez (3%, 35 )
  • Miguel Almiron (3%, 35 )
  • Danny Rose (2%, 27 )
  • Nabil Bentaleb (2%, 23 )
  • Ciaran Clark (2%, 21 )
  • Matt Ritchie (1%, 12 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 9 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 9 )
  • Fabian Schar (1%, 8 )

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35 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Klopp on Joelinton earlier in the season after Liverpool game:
    “really good signing”
    “Joelinton did outstanding. He is 100% made for the Premier League.”
    “The way they do it is good, they get balls in behind. Joelinton is so demanding.”

    Arteta yesterday:
    “We found the first 20 to 30 mins difficult. They are really compact & organised. They are so good on transition with Joelinton holding the ball & the wingers moving. I told my players we needed to control the game more”

    Joelinton only goal in PL v Spurs. Possession based build up. Joelinton played a part in build up twice by dropping deep, made his way forward, found space, good ball came in, one touch then goal.

    Is there any wonder he’s not doing well in a new position, in new league, in a very defensive team with little support? Maybe he is being misused and played incorrectly. He’s got talent in the right set up. Showed it in Germany under Nagelsmann who also spoke highly of him.

    He’s definitely not going to come good in this 541 isolated front man role and will only affect his future with us and his already damaged confidence.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Funny how Bruce is calling out the attacking players yesterday. Couple weeks ago, there was nobody available apparently to improve on what we had.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Cabbage heed hasn’t got a fcuking clue what he’s doing. So will say owt to deflect the blame away from him

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Not sure how far the bus went but there’s a nice post for you EGB on the previous thread.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #5

    IMO we need Jonjo back pronto, even if he can deliver only one or two killer passes it would be an improvement to our game.

    Also AC would be an improvement up front he is at least a genuine striker.

    The sooner the pair of them are back the better

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley

    Class that the players get confronted in public, but I never do.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Joelinton must have been doing something right to have played so many games for Hoffenheim. Unfortunately played in a team where the manager has very little say in who’s coming in he’s going to struggle. I remember Mbwia forming a good partnership with Williamson then Collo returned and he was shoehorned in to one of the FB positions and was never the same.

  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    I reckon that if we don’t win at least one of the next two games then we’re gan doon

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Jamaal Dubravka,
    I can’t see W Ham gaining seven points on us, we’ll put anotger 130M in Mikey’s pockets again this year.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee it’s rather true, the players and manager gets confronted or abused however the one man who really should be targeted gets away every time. The players are trying however some just aren’t up to it or lose interest easily and Bruce is average at best and obviously with these ingredients the club will never progress. I do say that sadly Bruce must have known what he was signing up for as Ashleys mouthpiece. He either stands up to him or her walks and says he was no longer able to work under those terms.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #11


    Thank you for our input but as you very kindly pointed out I’m not a very nice person so i’ll poke my nose into your’s or anyone’s affairs when i want to, you are not the blog copper or controller.

    Incidentally it is you who are the main aggressor when it comes to poking your nose in when not wanted and I really hate the way you try to turn your nastiness round back on others when they don’t agree with you, if you don’t want sh!t then pack in handing it out. When you do that then I’ll stfu as you have requested.

    Respectfully yours TheNotVeryNiceEGB.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    As I said….

  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Bruce could have changed things for the better this transfer window but again is clueless on how to.
    If Bruce signed a striker, any decent striker, then we could be out of this mess:
    Lazaro Lascelles Schar Rose
    Shelvey Hayden
    Joelinton Almiron ASM
    New Striker

    By signing a new striker, Bruce could have accomplished:
    – moving to a back four instead of a defensive back five.
    – Joelinton playing in a position he is best in – he is obviously not a striker.
    – Almiron playing in his natural number 10 role
    – ASM having more support when attacking
    – Actually having support for a striker who can score goals
    – More freedom on the pitch

    Let’s face it, Joelinton is here to stay and start for 40m. No way is he going to be dropped anytime soon. Bentaleb and the Longstaff’s just aren’t good enough and so we must start Hayden and Shelvey. A nice mix of creativity and defensive prowess. Bruce is a dinosaur playing our players out of position and offering no support, setting up to not lose every game. He had at least 50million to spend on a striker if you believe reports, so why didn’t you Bruce? Don’t have the freedom or the financial power? Because you do. Am sick of the excuses this man churns out when he is the problem

  • Bladey

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t give a toss what you mark them it’s pointless and boring this blog is like the chronicle past it’s sell by date
    Same old tosh every day same dopy posters commenting on what they said last week and the week before that
    Its because there’s to many old tossers on here who live in cloud cookoo land they actually forget what they have posted only to post the same boring crap the following day
    Its a blog full of smelly pensioners who are from the 40s and 50s like JIBBERISH and his band of nomarks

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    There see i told you I told you. What’s your choice of weapon for the fuel EGB? Spanners? Set squares? 100mm masonry hole saw?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh and by the way whilst I’m in in a nasty mood, I’m happy and proud to be included in the ‘Odious Seven’ for I was also one who hearted Bills post.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Duel not fuel. Duel fuel though??

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #18


  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Tbf my violent reference wasnt really a threat. It was more a “what I would have done if” so I’d like that taken into consideration m’lud, and also that blog society has a lot to answer for. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Jamaal Dubravka,
    He had no choice, despite what Bill’s said about 60M there was not a hope in hell he was getting a sttiker. There’s enough points on the board in their eyes to scrape another season and we’ll re-assess in the summer. Simply not on to bed a player in slowly so he’ll be ready next season. The club has took a 180° turn back to the strategy that took us down.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21


    Naah my fighting days are long over mate, I will happily stand as a second for geordietom or if not acceptable to him I’m prepared to conduct a pre-fight ritual to give it some gravitas and meaning.

    Might involve some smoked fish though!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Unfortunately for him he’s going to start realising that by saying things like we don’t need a striker is going to bite him on the ar$e.

  • giimps

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Bruce calls out front 3 after we concede 4 goals in one half……..priceless.
    Obviously expecting them to score 5.
    We’re playing 5 at the back, 2 holding midfielders and still concede 4 but it’s the front 3 who are to blame.
    Have a look at the team we had out yesterday…..up front, Joe, just back from injury,
    St Max, just back from injury,
    Almiron, running on empty, Bentalev, hardly played a game this season, Sean Longstaff, hardly played a game ( and is struggling for form), both Rose and Lazaro have hardly kicked a ball in anger this season, lascelles, just back from injury, Clark , just back from injury, Dubs……the main stay of the team and Freddy.
    The problem is a lack of depth all over the pitch and especially at the top end, (Cheers Mike), that combined with trying to shoehorn players into positions they are not comfortable in (Joe) then sitting too deep with zero support for the front 1.
    If you have a look at Sheffield , they attacking in numbers, he’ll , even their

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m struggling to get the interweb where I am do haven’t been able to catch up on the blog.

    Read a couple, maybe it’s a good thing I can’t catch up.

    Not sure if i dare post about the match

  • giimps

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Cenerbacks bomb on, were lucky to get 1 player in the opponents box( Joe had 3 touches in Arsenal box) that is ridiculous

  • giimps

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #26

    OP, it’s ok, you missed very little, a bit of posturing, arguments and refusal to do the right thing…….and that was just on the train home from the match.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #27


    The usual post match madness after a defeat?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #28

    We still sit to deep

  • pheasant plucker

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    The sooner we get enough points for safety the sooner someone will buy the club
    Not until then

  • giimps

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Pretty much, not unexpected for me, I think others were a little over optimistic seeing us as equals due to points tally……Arsenal are a team in transition, we are a team riding our luck every game…..the luck was always going to run out at some time , Arsenal were poor in the first half, we were poor in the 2nd, they had opportunities to score and took them….we didn’t

  • giimps

    Feb 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #31

    If we get enough points this season, Ashley will keep for another season till he thinks his luck will run out, or he finds a buyer who is either paying or very the odds or allows his tat shop to still advertise, sell club merchandise and all for free

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #32

    You can be sure Jabba has had his accountants work out how much of next seasons tv money they can rob from the club to fund his tat shops
    You can also be sure he will want to sell as many assets as possible and replace as cheaply as possible , if at all

    Over and over again

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 17, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Well at least there’s a match at the weekend to lift all this doom and gloom.

    Must say for a pensioner from the 40s I’ve aged remarkably well I don’t look a day over 45.

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    There hasnt even been an official statement from the club yet
    Not a single word

    He couldn’t treat the fans with more contempt if he tried

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 17, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #35

    RIP Harry Gregg.

    There are moments in life that you can remember with great clarity and I was in the middle of my paper round when I read the headlines that I realised about the Munich air crash.

    It really shook me that so many young top class footballers had lost their lives. Nowadays the news would be around the world in minutes, not then though.


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