BBC: Emery to drop star player after horrible performance against Newcastle United on Saturday

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There were very few Arsenal players that would have got more than a 5 if the ratings were based on the first half but we were much improved in the second. There were fine performances from Sokratis, Xhaka and Ozil, but Torreira would have been Man Of The Match if he had played the full 90 minutes….

These are my ratings:

Cech 6
Cech will be annoyed he missed out on a clean sheet yet again, and he had very little else to do to be honest. He doesn’t seem to have found defenders he can click with when passing out from the back.

Bellerin 6
Spent most of his time in attack mode but was not in the best of form in either role.

Sokratis 7
He looked ungainly when he first arrived but now looks the perfect replacement for Koscielny. Hopefully our other defenders can catch up

Mustafi 5
Still looks as unconfident and error-prone as last season. One usual comedy moment.

Monreal 6
Much busier and more effective than Bellerin in defence and attack, but that’s not unusual

Xhaka 7
It looks like Emery has unlocked Xhaka’s skill-set at last. And what a free kick!

Guendouzi 6
The youngster only had one misplaced pass in the whole of the first half, but they didn’t amount to anything. We were much better with Torreira’s creativity

Aubameyang 6
He had a couple of chances and made a few crosses but not sure he looks comfortable on the wing yet.

Ramsey 6
Not as effective as usual but wasn’t useless, but it seems the poor lad was feeling tired..

Ozil 7
He was as bad as everyone else in the first half, but much improved in the second and a well-taken goal in the end

Lacazette 6
Was trying but nothing quite went right for him. His partnership with Aubameyang wasn’t on song today

Subs:

Torreira 7
Changed the game. An excellent addition and a future star when he settles in

Mkhitaryan 5
Should have left Aubameyang on the pitch rather than bring Mkhi on! Nuff said..

Welbeck N/A

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