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Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle United player ratings: Ceballos and Pepe star in thumping win

PUBLISHED: 18:39 16 February 2020 | UPDATED: 18:42 16 February 2020

Newcastle United's Allan Saint-Maximin (left) and Arsenal's Dani Ceballos battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London. Picture: John Walton/PA

Newcastle United's Allan Saint-Maximin (left) and Arsenal's Dani Ceballos battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London. Picture: John Walton/PA

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Arsenal beat Newcastle United 4-0 after a superb second half performance on Sunday afternoon. Read on for Dan Mountney’s player ratings from the Emirates.

Bernd Leno - 7 - Made a really important save early on as he adjusted well to keep out Longstaff's deflected shot and kept a second consecutive Premier League clean sheet.

Hector Bellerin - 5.5 - Struggled with the pace of Allan Saint-Maximin in the first half, but improved after the break as Arsenal began to dominate.

David Luiz - 7 - Solid performance for the Brazilian, but his play out from the back was wayward at times.

Shkodran Mustafi - 7 - Solid display from the German as he continues to have a resurgence in north London.

Bukayo Saka - 8 - Another impressive display from the youngster who continue to have a massive impact from left-back - despite being out of position. Did brilliantly to set up Pepe's goal.

Granit Xhaka - 6.5 - An okay performance from the midfielder that got better as the game went on after initially struggling with Newcastle's pace on the counter-attack.

Dani Ceballos - 8 - Grew into the game after a nervy opening and dictated the tempo as Arsenal controlled the second half. His bright performance will certainly have impressed his manager after initially struggling to earn minutes under Mikel Arteta.

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Nicolas Pepe - 8.5 - A goal and two assist for the club-record signing in a superb performance. The Ivorian looked full of danger with his pacey and trickery, also having the end product to match. He will now need to show this on a more consistent basis.

Mesut Ozil - 7.5 - A performance full of energy and one that saw the German involved in a number of promising attacking moves, capping it off with a late goal. A much better display in response to recent criticism.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 7 - Scored the opener and looked lively in the second half as the Gunners took control. It's good to see the captain get back to goal scoring form.

Eddie Nketiah - 5 - Started ahead of the struggling Alexandre Lacazette, but missed a few chances including one from close range that hit the crossbar. The youngster would have been hoping for better.

Substitutes

Lucas Torreira - N/A.

Alexandre Lacazette - 7.5 - Did well to set up Ozil's late goal and then finally end his goal drought.

Joe Willock - N/A.


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