Arsenal moved into third place in the Premier League after goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette gave us a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

It wasn’t easy going, the visitors defended stoutly even if they didn’t threaten our goal, but we climb above Sp*rs and the first of final eight games in the league this season has ended in victory.

Just seven more to go.

Read the Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle match report and see the goals here

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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Adrian
Adrian

Give everyone 10 including manager.

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas

Minus one point for Emery though for forgetting to bring any goalkeepers to the game

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Anthony Taylor wasn’t able to spoil our party…..a clean sheet, a coupla goals and the third position, at last! Keep up the good job gunners!!
#YaGunnersYa

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Give the ref a 10 too for putting in 100% effort to make us lose, yet failed to because of our quality. Our top, top quality.

Ballz
Ballz

Ozil and Laca were fantastic!

Adrian
Adrian

Ramsey also

Paul
Paul

Monreal also

kaius
kaius

Maitland-Niles, also fantastic

Lacabang
Lacabang

Why is it only after he knows he’s leaving he is playing really well and consistently? I think he’s showing juventus what kind of player they are getting but before that under wenger he was in his comfort zone and didn’t bother that much.

martin
martin

Don’t rewrite history. He was just as good under Wenger as he is now.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Not consistently. He’s been fantastic since he signed for Juve.

SgtBroflovski
SgtBroflovski

He was also playing in a different (unfamiliar) position this season until recently

Mootilated
Mootilated

That game was Ramsey’s Arsenal career summed up. Flashes of brilliance, only to get injured and be out for a while. Rinse, repeat.

IClass
IClass

Really? His performances might have more to do with being played in his best position rather than the impending move

Rich
Rich

Lacazette keeps getting better, he’s developed a real nasty streak. I’m certainly not Ozil’s biggest fan, but he was worth the entrance fee alone tonight, he was everywhere, and without Xhaka he was the one linking play throughout.
Hopefully Rambo’s injury doesn’t keep him out too long, we’re starting to find our feet.

Punter
Punter

Has Iwobi been working on holdup play? He definitely seems confident and comfortable enough to take on big defenders and receive the ball with his back to the goal. Interesting to see his evolution…maybe can transition into a very important player for us.

Iain
Iain

Haha, Taylor.

Good win. Keep it going fellas.

COYG1001
COYG1001

Mustafi played well today. Might be in part due to the opposition, but rated harshly IMO.

Begeegs
Begeegs

Sorry, but no. He had some horrific passes and caught on the ball early in the 2nd half near our area. Another hospital pass to Maitland- Niles which he needed treatment for. He needs putting out to pasture.

Pookins
Pookins

I only had text commentary from BBC – he was getting slaughtered on there.

Papa's Got a Brand New Leg
Papa's Got a Brand New Leg

This in particular! Making a mistake and giving the ball away is not great, but if you’re giving hospital passes – especially now that we’re in the run-in, that’s just not right.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

I love The Arseblog but it doesn’t help giving our own player grief time after time. He is trying, it’s not his fault he cost what he did. Get behind all the players please

Dave
Dave

It is his fault he is objectively bad, though.

Dave
Dave

That being said, I thought he had some bright moments yesterday, but the errors still remain.

A Different George
A Different George

I thought he played well; WhoScored had him as Man of the Match. Not saying I agree (Lacazette for me, then Ozil and Ramsey)–but he couldn’t have been that bad to fool their statistic-based model so completely.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Just getting silly now. Try to be a bit objective, Blogs.

goonero
goonero

He had one of those games where statistically he did alright, but that doesn’t account for the moments which could have really cost us on another day. It’s now just painfully obvious how much of a liability he is to the team.

A Different George
A Different George

What moments? I saw some poor long passes in the first half (James, in the latest On the Whistle, said the same and thought they were under instruction), but they posed no threat to us; they just show how much Xhaka brings into the team. Mustafi made one truly comical cross in the attacking end, but that had precisely the same effect as a run-of-the-mill poor cross that happens all the time. I will have to watch again to see about a hospital pass to Maitland-Niles, which I do not remember.

Overall, he made several good clearances, anticipated well, and (again, unless I have forgotten something) never let an attacker get into a good position. In part, this was because of Newcastle’s weak attack, rather than Mustafi’s brilliance–but that is equally true for Sokratis and Monreal. I thought Mustafi was better than either of them, though both were fine.

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

He should get a 9 at least for his amazing cross and the smile he put on everyone’s face.

Drew
Drew

Dude, what the fuck is upon with that Mustafi score? I’m not his biggest fan but he was way better than a five tonight.

Tribe
Tribe

In tonight’s game Mustafi looked okay just because we weren’t pressed and exposed much and just as Begeegs said above us, he made a hospital pass to Niles which could’ve ended up badly. Let’s face it, Mustafi isn’t a player for Arsenal F.C and that’s the naked truth.

Lacabang
Lacabang

Should’ve sold him to inter when we had the chance…
I think we’re kind of stuck with him, I mean, who would want a defender that makes errors almost every game, is not physically strong or quick and gets paid like a 100,000£/w

Olalekan
Olalekan

The rating is about today’s game, so whatever could have happened in another game does not matter. Mustafi did better than that rating. Simple.

A Different George
A Different George

“In tonight’s game, Mustafi looked okay . . . . ” I thought that was the game we were rating.

Will
Will

The number of flicks used today was absurd. I’m all for it but chill

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas

any chance Mustafi’s cross was meant to be a flick??

John G. Machine
John G. Machine

net, flicks and chill?

Big G
Big G

Why oh why are we letting our best player Ramsey leave!!!! Worth two of Ozil for starters

Martin
Martin

Like Ramsey and sorry he’s leaving. However did you watch the match tonight as Ozil was magnificent

Big G
Big G

Ozil rarely passed forward tonight and has had a handful if that of good games since joining fact

Billy
Billy

What?!? Rarely passes forward you say? Surely that is but an April fools joke. Am I wrong but I heard he typically creates more chances per game then the vast appearances of cute puppy videos on YouTube.

PFo
PFo

Little known fact: saying “fact” at the end of your sentences doesn’t magically turn them into facts.

TENNESSEE
TENNESSEE

Fact: Bears eat beets.

Inch
Inch

Bears, beets, battlestar galactica

Big Mad Andy
Big Mad Andy

MICHAAAAEL!!!!

Zakb
Zakb

You supposed to say it after your statement.

The Gunner
The Gunner

Do you understand football?

martin
martin

Ozil has been one of the most creative player in the Premier League since he has joined us and was the fastest player to have 50 assists. Has also created more chances than any other player. Your judgement of him tonight shows that you Do not appreciate class and flair in a player or have you just an unnatural bias towards him

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Oh deary, deary me…

GraeB
GraeB

Big G – I have to out you as being Garth Crooks. Get back to Spudland.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

Don’t need to pull a player down to appreciate another. years of football but no team spirit, mate??

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

Arsenal
Never seem
To get
Honest decisions
Or correct decisions and
Now and then
You’d like

To think
A
Yob
Like Taylor would get an
Odd decision
Right.

Instead it’s the
Same old

Awful

Crap
Useless,
Never ending
Tripe. ( but well done lads on the win)

KongoKim
KongoKim

i read it as a poem but got a bit dissapointed in the end.

Cacho
Cacho

Is this PeePee Cummings?

The truther
The truther

Was waiting for this article just to see you comment on the ref

CoNr
CoNr

I’m still can’t make my mind up on Guendouzi, for a kid in his first season he is doing really well, he played a part in both goals and works his ass off, but as soon as I see a player behind him it’s terrifying and he falls over a lot. If he can cut that out of his game, one thing is for sure he will be a massive player for us in a season or two

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Bit of an overreaction, how many times was he dispossessed, once maybe, he was brilliant tonight, most notably I found his tackling jump up a level, I suggest watching the game again to any of you who thought Guendouzi wasn’t brilliant. Harsh on Mustafi too, only slightly limp game was from Iwobi, everyone else was at least a 7

Goonshow
Goonshow

`Agreed – Iwobi remains little more than a talented, but consistently under-achieving passenger in this team. To put it into perspective – given the subs that were made tonight, he was effectively keeping Auba on the bench… seriously??
We looked a different team with Auba and Laca on the field. Energy, pressing, enterprise… none of which can be said for Alex – who despite everything written about his workrate, STILL only comes alive when he gets the ball going forward and takes no part in anything resembling work or tracking back.

A Different George
A Different George

Auba was ill with fever during the week.

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

He was massive tonight

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

I’m sorry did he fall over tonight? was my motm just ahead of Ozil, was especially impressed by his tackling on the front foot.

David C
David C

His bones haven’t even stopped fusing yet and he’s still developing brain cells! That’s how young the lad is. He’s showed me tons this season. I know he will get better too which is scary. Has a shout for EPL young player of the year.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

He is constantly looking for the ball which is great for a kid new to this level. Sometimes yes he gets caught but he will grow out of this, think he needs a little beefing up.

Inch
Inch

Maybe his hair is in the way when opposition comes from behind? Dont know

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

He’s 19 and still growing. Once he stops, he’ll gain more strength. That said, I think he’s an excellent player.

A Different George
A Different George

I thought early on this season he dwelt on the ball too long and could be dispossessed. He began correcting that with dribbling around, but that often delayed the pass that ought to have been made. Much better tonight, I thought.

Jack but
Jack but

MOTM,,……Mozart

Giuseppe Hovno
Giuseppe Hovno

Rozicky?

Simon
Simon

Rozicky always deserves MOTM. Love that man

Chriz
Chriz

flop of the match: anthony taylor who cost us the 3-0

Tinygiant
Tinygiant

Fotmob chose Mustafi as motm. Was he as bad as arseblog claims? Or do we tend to only focus on his mistakes and leave out the positives?

KongoKim
KongoKim

Screw this Fotmob Rating(in general). Screw all the 90min “News” on fotmob. Just use it as a ticker.

kaius
kaius

Interesting that whoscored also made Mustafi MOTM

Was going mad when I thought his hospital pass got AMN injured, but defensively he was very effective today.

Thierry Walcott

Özil is very fucking good at football… Deservedly MOTM. Rambo and Lacazette were up there with him too… Mustafi doesn’t deserve a 5 at all tonight…

Sue

Magic Mesut MOTM
Superb goal from Laca & Rambo’s wasn’t bad either!
Great performance… pity about the ref (that’s just the norm these days)
Up to 3rd 👌

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Guendouzi was motm just ahead of Ozil, I thought Mateo had a point to prove tonight, seems you missed it completely blogs.

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Honestly man, he stood out to me constantly, always making himself available, great energy, gave Ramsey the room to roam and when Elneny came on he just ran the game for the last 20-30mins

Highberry
Highberry

Spot on for rating Anthony Taylor.

Bash
Bash

Well I thought Antony ‘Geordie’ Taylor played a blinder again tonight.

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

An perpetual itchy arse in human form? Pack it in and go home blogs, there’s no improving on that one

Amusa
Amusa

Anthony Taylor is a disgrace to his federation.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Dishonest to his federation

Vonnie
Vonnie

Anthony Taylor is a top man for his disgraceful dishonest federation.

A Different George
A Different George

I thought there was at least a reasonable argument to disallow the first (Ramsey) goal–Sokratis was definitely pulling the defender’s arm, though (as Blogs points out) Taylor could not have seen it. Maybe the linesman called it. The second is just baffling. I don’t think he was signalling handball (at first I thought so) to Lacazette when he made the gesture of two hand brushing against each other. I think he was saying “you blocked off the keeper.” Which would be valid, if only Lacazette didn’t have the ball at the time.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Dear Anthony Taylor,
Terribly sorry that despite your instructions from the PL and Sky you couldn’t rig the game as requested.
You really are a cnut.

yags
yags

Micki

Santori
Santori

Good win today particularly as we had to face 12 men with Anthony Taylor denying us 2 clear cut goals.

1) Leno – Largely untroubled. Came out quickly when he had to and one very good distribution from the back to release us out left (Iwobi I believe)

2) AMN – Was right nervy when he was on the ground clutching his shin and shaking his head. Night and day above Jenkinson but durability issue? Thankfully reboot and came right back into it. Some good stuff overlapping on the wing, some less assured passing. A mixed bag but generally his strength and pace plus quick feet a good asset for us to finish line with Bellerin out. It is his “natural position”. He’s played Lback for us and this is his natural side. Should push Bellerin next season.

3) Mustafi – Again more ratings not based on reality. Generally did well today. Sure one miss pass or underhit pass back to the keeper but Monreal, Guendouzi and Sokratis had similar moments conveniently not highlighted. What is evident is Mustafi is the preferred choice as an outlet from the right playing the ball quickly up that flank. On the right of the back 3, he looks assured with several no nonsense tackle shackling the overrated (and apparently pacy) Almiron (MLS has an over inflated opinion of itself). Mustafi treid to show Almiron how things are done… Good dribble if he somewhat scuffed the cross late on.

4) Sokratis – Harshly penalised for tugging on the defenders shirt for the disallowed goal. BUT not so great being pushed off the ball by Rondon which led to a very dangerous chance for that. Of course this conveniently unmentioned by those who prefer to cast light on Mustafi. You don’t get levity in criticism by these people.

5) Monreal – Again those who think Koscielny will soldier on another season for us prefer to exist in a different reality. I mentioned we were short on assets and Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny will be first choice plus Monreal cycling in. Mavropanos (unless you are delusional) too unproven and a risk at business end. Again Monreal came in did a decent job but just to illustrate the ludicrous level of criticism on Mustafi, they took him to task for a two foot challenge in first half. Monreal gets no mention picking up a yellow for a similar tackle. Its the theatre of the absurd for these numpties.

6) Kolasinac – Got forward with menace as per usual, passing not quite as synced with iwobi as usual but still plenty of threat and endeavor. Wish he shot when he had the ball far corner of the box, perhaps a bit slow retreating to cover for the one opportunity in which Rondon shrugged off Sokratis but thankfully elected to shoot instead of square to the oncoming Perez.

7) Guendouzi – Had to cycle in bc Granit had a knock and Torreira suspended himself till Watford. He’s always looking to move us forward which is more a positive than anythingelse and I thought although he lost the ball a number of times today(more than say the maligned Mustafi), in general he did sterling work recovering the ball in the area. Plenty of energy and competition from him. But we missed Granit’s quick release again today and his ability to switch focal point of attack.

8) Ramsey – He was a liability not some seasons ago in the deeper role (next to Flamini) when he was too adventurous going forward exposing the older player. Today and against United, he has shown he has matured and understand when to gamble and when to hold. All the more pity we are losing him but if the knock is anything to go by in the second half, it is a reminder that his fragility (injury issues) may have played into the minds of the negotiators and may in the end be a correct decision to release/sell. Medically it may not justify the bump in salary for a 27yr old.

Fantastic touch to release Lacazette for the goal initially followed by a wonderful pass into the net via post. Should have had the first goal which was disallowed as well. Wonderful stuff. We will miss him.

9) Iwobi – Quick feet and plenty of purpose. An excellent back heel to set us on a break. Covered plenty of ground popping up right side as well. Physically he is so much more imposing this season. Not the best game he’s had with Kolasinac but in the triangle with one striker on focal point, he is critical bringing us in from the left. Not bad for a 22yr old from Academy.

10) Ozil – Another excellent performance as he came deep to get critically involved on the right and a superb back heel release plus some great moves attacking the box. Unfortunate not to get his toe on a Kolasinac cross. Coming into good form and renewed purpose for us at a critical time of the season. Well done Unai for good player management.

11) Laca – Again another robust performance bustling people off the ball, twisting and turning, even an injection of pace here and there to steal in behind the defense. There is a reason why he is preferred to Auba in the single striker set up.

That pace and gamble into the box paid dividends with his wonderfully chipped goal.

Several opportunities to make our lives easier with crosses in (one from AMN) but I feel he needs to run more diagonally toward the ball and attack it much like what Giroud use to do rather than wait for it to come across.

12) Auba – They just love working together. Set up for Laca’s goal when we went two strikers in the inverted triangle. I thought the chance was gone when Laca lobbed it high but Auba surprised me with his header and good finish by his compatriot.

Its going to be a real positive to have both strikers on call to the very end. Both single striker and double in the inverted triangle will be coming in to play. Good pace today as well from Auba out right.

13) Mhkitaryan – Did not get into the game as much but didn’t do anything wrong.

14) Elneny – How quickly the situation changes. We have 3 solid options in deep midfield in Granit, Torreira then Guendouzi plus Ramsey added but an injury and suspension here and there (then a Ramsey knock) and we are light again.

Egyptian came in and did decent covering and moving the ball forward quickly I thought. He has a slim chance staking a place in the deep midfield but realistically, we need to replace him with better.

Unai – 63 points with 7 matches spare. In December many of these useless AFTV fans were throwing the toys out of the pram, yeah the same people who said they were willing to give a new gaffer 3 seasons to turn things round and did not mind a spell in the europa bc we never win anything in CL.

I said it that Emery will want to fix things this season. A top 3 finish and ahead of the pale shadows they call Spurts would be a decent enough first season. A Europa to add will be icing at this stage given assets and adjustment first season.

I said the league is the better route to take into regaining European credentials at the top end of the dining table.

We are going to get there. Still some work to do and nothing can betaken for granted even if the run in looks easy (4 away games should add caution to our thoughts). BUT we are above the Spurts again, and we can win our last 7 matches.

Oh and clean sheet (with Mustafi);)

Arsey
Arsey

Jesus mate you should start youre own blog!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

If only. Don’t bother posting the URL for it, either.

kaius
kaius

Jesus Christ it’s like homework

GraeB
GraeB

Yeah, sorry teacher, the dog ate it.

Andre
Andre

Didn’t feel like reading through all of that, but will give you a thumbs-up for effort.

Badaab
Badaab

0 – Commentary team of Martin Tyler and mouthbreathing sidekick tonight, who literally drug up every old Arsenal trope from the last 20 years, had meandering conversations about nothing, and talked up how great Matt Ritchie and Anthony Taylor are for 90 minutes.

Giostardust
Giostardust

I think Emery diserves a lot of praise for this composed victory. Despite Taylor and the free fauls vouchers he gave today to Richie and Diame, we reach 63 points. Ramsey, Lacazette and Ozil were excellent. The rest of the team was very good. I agree that Mustaphi played well (his anticipation game mostly) bar a few mustafiesque moments. Re-Guendouzi, he had a difficult start (intercepted passes) but grew in the game. Bonus for me: the prestations of Auba (and his face on Mustaphi’s ‘cross’), Miky and even Elneny (he made more forward passes and positive plays than in his entire Arsenal career). I hope Ramsey is not injured, because he’s key to our April run.
Most composed game of the season, despite difficult circumstances (Monday evening, Taylor). One of the commentators on NBC was a total biased fraud and useless guy, but who cares? Confident for the end of the season if the Refs are not too biased. 2 Taylors in 3 games should be good enough before the end of the season. COYG

The Gunner
The Gunner

*If Aubameyang had the finishing ability of Lacazette he would have scored 25+ league goals by now.His pace gives him a huge advantage.
*Loanout Iwobi to gain more experience and learn the end product that he lacks.
*Maitland Niles is an excellent player.He the potential to be like Joshua Kimmich.
*We are loosing am excellent player in Ramsey.I am going to miss him a lot.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Blogs you are way too harsh on Guendouzi. How many times did he won the ball back tonight? Seemed like he also drove his forward and has really incisive defense splitting passing. Oh and he’s 19 and its his first season. I gave him a 9 today.

Jack4343
Jack4343

He said fuck off Taylor
Arsene said fuck off..
You’re dishonest to your federation
Anthony Taylor fuck off!

The only sp*rs i like is san antonio
The only sp*rs i like is san antonio

Minus a thousand for the ref

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

Ref was woeful.. But I also agree with Gendouzis awareness, needs to be aware of opposition around him

Nameless_Gooner
Nameless_Gooner

How about the chest flick by Ozil today! He worked hard today! I can love this Ozil very much 🙂

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

I’ve been trying to rate Mustafi since last night without success. I skipped him and rated others, returned and refreshed several times yet can’t rate him. Is this a deliberate ploy to keep his score low or just an unfortunate system glitch?
I even tried changing his rating from 8.5 to 9 to 9.5.
I refuse to give him a lower score if that is the objective 😠

George
George

Job done, good stuff, j.

Taylor and Pawson should both be suspended for three games.

Orse
Orse

Come on, you can see Mustafi is trying very hard every game. I agree that Arsenal may be a bit above his level. But it’s not his fault Arsene signed him and signed him for a huge amount of money. Ffs he’s an Arsenal player who is working hard and he was good for the most part last night. He’s never going to be the player we want him to be. Just get behind him and stop the bullying. Do you think it helps his confidence that Arsenal fans single him out every week?

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Can we buy Ramsey from Juve?

Justin J Simpson
Justin J Simpson

Now that Ozil is playing, no coincidence the team is turning into a more productive version if what arsenal should be.

Nick
Nick

Steady.

Kersha
Kersha

Great game guys

Lula
Lula

The decisions for Chelsea and what could have happened tonight because of the officiating really could have had major repercussions on the run-in. Some may go all conspiratorial, others may think it is ineptitude. But for me, while refereeing is a tough job, I think the structural components of what comprises the refereeing body in this country seem conflictual and worrying for those that want quality and fairness in the game.