Arsenal player ratings: Saka has defender ‘on toast’ and Tomiyasu plays ‘best game’

After a frustrating first-half, where captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a great chance, Arsenal improved after the break.

They finally got the breakthrough when Bukayo Saka finished off a slick move in the 56th minute and the game was wrapped up when substitute Gabriel Martinelli struck later on.

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

Aaron Ramsdale – 7

Made a stunning save to deny Jonjo Shelvey in the first-half and was solid all game. Distribution excellent as always.

Takehiro Tomiyasu – 8 | Star man

One of the Japan international’s best games for Arsenal since he joined in the summer. Made a few great blocks in defence and claimed a lovely assist for Arsenal’s second goal.

Ben White – 7

Another good performance from the centre-back. Had plenty of the ball and used it fairly well. Dealt well with the physical Joelinton.

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Gabriel – 7

Barely gave Callum Wilson a sniff all afternoon and seemed to relish the tussle with the striker. He is such a rock for Arsenal at the back.

Nuno Tavares – 8

Struggled in the first-half with some of his decision-making, but he improved dramatically after the break. Provided a good assist for the first goal.

Thomas Partey – 6

A fairly quiet game for the midfielder, who is struggling a little bit for form right now after being out injured. Played a couple of nice passes, but nothing to shout about.

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 8

The Belgian really struggled against Liverpool last week, but he responded excellently here. His passing range was expansive and he dictated the second-half.

Bukayo Saka – 8

Frustrating that he went off injured as this was one of his better games. Looked really sharp and had Matt Ritchie on toast. Took his goal well too.

Martin Odegaard – 6

Tried to influence the game from the No10 role, but he was starved of space as Newcastle sat deep. A couple of nice moments, though, and didn’t lose the ball much.

Emile Smith Rowe – 6

Has been in excellent form but was a little quiet today. Missed a great chance with a header that he would have been gutted not to score.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5

Wasn’t really in the game much, particularly in the first-half. Somehow missed a sitter from about two yards, which summed up his day.

Gabriel Martinelli (Saka, 64’) – 8

A great cameo performance from the youngster. Took his goal so well and looked a constant threat.

Alexandre Lacazette (Aubameyang, 74’) – 6

Had little time to make an impact but he was sharp. Went close with an effort after Martinelli played him in.

Mohamed Elneny (Partey, 85’) – N/A

Subs not used: Leno, Tierney, Holding, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah.

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