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Shelvey Gets 7, Ritchie With 5 | Newcastle United Players Rated In Defeat Vs Arsenal

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Newcastle United faced off against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this afternoon as they hoped to grind out a result on their travels. The Magpies kept things solid defensively in the first half and went into the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

Bukayo Saka gave the North London outfit the all-important lead in the 56th minute with a tidy finish from close range. Gabriel Martinelli doubled Arsenal’s advantage just ten minutes later with a great volley. The Tyneside outfit failed to come up with a response and ended up losing the contest by a 2-0 scoreline.

Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle United player performed during the match against the Gunners.

GK: Martin Dubravka – 7/10

The Magpies keeper made a few decent saves during the game to keep the scoreline down. However, he won’t be happy after conceding two goals in the second half.

RB: Emile Krafth – 6/10

He tried his best to keep things solid at the back. However, his impact on the game was minimal in the final third.

CB: Jamaal Lascelles – 6.5/10

Lascelles made plenty of last-ditch clearances inside his half. However, he lacked the pace to keep up with the Arsenal attackers at times, especially in the second half.

CB: Fabian Schar – 6.5/10

The Newcastle centre-back made a few important interceptions on the defensive end of the field. He also cleared the danger when needed and was a threat going forward as well.

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LB: Matt Ritchie – 5/10

Ritchie did his best to keep things tidy at the back in the first 45 minutes. However, he made a poor start to the second half and got replaced in the 66th minute.

RM: Ryan Fraser – 6.5/10

He worked hard defensively and had a couple of lively moments in the final third.

CM: Jonjo Shelvey – 7/10

Shelvey anchored the midfield to the best of his ability. He also had multiple shot attempts but failed to register a goal.

CM: Joe Willock – 7/10

The English midfield ace did his fair share of defending and was quite bright on the ball. He also made two encouraging runs going forward.

LM: Allan Saint-Maximin – 6.5/10

He completed a few promising dribbles with the ball down the left wing. However, Saint-Maximin lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

ST: Joelinton – 6/10

Joelinton was a frustrated figure in the attacking end of the field and got substituted after the hour mark.

ST: Callum Wilson – 5.5/10

He offered very little up top and never got a sniff at goal. It was a disappointing performance from him today.

Substitutes:

CAM: Miguel Almiron – 6/10

Almiron made one good chance in the opponent’s half.

LM: Jacob Murphy – 6/10

He got stuck in with a couple of tackles.

CM: Isaac Hayden – N/A

Hayden hardly had any time to make an impact.

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