Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle: Jorginho majestic as Bukayo Saka stars again

Jorginho was the heart of everything for Arsenal (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Jorginho was the heart of everything for Arsenal (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to two points by thumping Newcatle.

An own-goal from Sven Botman after 18 minutes set Arsenal on their way and they never looked back.

Kai Havertz made it 2-0 before the break and the Gunners did not let up in the second-half.

Bukayo Saka got in on the act by scoring third and Jakub Kiwior popped up with a rare goal to complete the 4-1 win.

Simon Collings was at Emirates Stadium to see Arsenal in action...

David Raya 6

Out quickly a few times to shut down balls played over the top. Beaten by a good header by Joe Willock.

Ben White 7

Looks fully fit again and it shows. Overlapped a lot and tucked into midfield, too. Finding form at a key time for Arsenal.

William Saliba 6

Had a fairly comfortable night’s work, especially in the first-half. Kept Alexander Isak quiet.

Gabriel 6

Unlucky not to open the scoring, but his header was eventually turned home by Botman. Finished the game as captain.

Jakub Kiwior 7

A good performance from the Poland international, who has now started the last four games. Scored Arsenal’s fourth with a header at the near-post.

Martin Odegaard 8

Pressed the Newcastle defence like a man possessed. Played some great passes in and around the box, but perhaps guilty of over-playing at times.

Jorginho 9 | Star player

What a majestic performance from the Italian. Played at the base of midfield and ran the show. Feels like he will be vital for Arsenal during the run-in.

Declan Rice 8

Pushed further forward and was excellent. Brought energy to the midfield and carried the ball so well.

Bukayo Saka 8

Another flying performance from the winger, whose corner led to the opening goal. Scored Arsenal’s third with a great finish.

Saka scored a brilliant third goal for the Gunners (REUTERS)
Saka scored a brilliant third goal for the Gunners (REUTERS)

Kai Havertz 8

Scored Arsenal’s second by finishing off a slick move. Setup the third and linked the play well all night. Did miss a great chance early in the second-half, though.

Gabriel Martinelli 8

After a poor performance on Wednesday in Porto, the Brazilian was electric. Setup the second goal and caused chaos out wide.


Leandro Trossard (Martinelli 63’) 6

Came on to play out left. A fairly quiet 30 minutes.

Emile Smith Rowe (Odegaard 76’) N/A

Reiss Nelson (Saka 76’) N/A

Eddie Nketiah (Havertz 76’) N/A

Mohamed Elneny (Jorginho 89’) N/A

Subs not used: Ramsdale, Cedric, Vieira, Jesus