Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle: Martin Odegaard - Captain Fantastic! Gunners skipper & Aaron Ramsdale lead from the front to keep pressure on Man City

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The Gunners have moved to within one point of the Premier League leaders after an excellent 2-0 win at St James' Park

Arsenal earned a superb 2-0 win at third-placed Newcastle to keep their slim Premier League title hopes alive. An excellent first half strike from the sensational Martin Odegaard gave them a lead before a Fabian Schar own goal after the interval proved decisive in what was an enthralling encounter played at incredible speed.

Newcastle did have their chances, but Aaron Ramsdale was in inspired form form the Gunners, who have closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to just one point.

GOAL rates Arsenal's players from St James' Park...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (9/10):

    Made some excellent saves, including one incredible stop to deny Schar. Dealt with crosses well under real pressure.

    Ben White (7/10):

    A few misplaced passes, but other than that a good performance.

    Jakub Kiwior (8/10):

    Another fine performance. Really calm on the ball. Didn't looked phased at all.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (8/10):

    Strong display. Led the backline.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko (6/10):

    Poor in the opening 10 minutes, settled into the game more after that but always looked suspect defensively.

  2. Midfield
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    Jorginho (8/10):

    Preferred to Partey once again and delivered another assured display.

    Granit Xhaka (8/10):

    Made one incredible block to deny Willock an equaliser. Impressive.

    Martin Odegaard (9/10):

    Stemmed the early tide with his goal. Was brilliant after that, but missed a golden chance to make it 2-0.

  3. Attack
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    Bukayo Saka (7/10):

    Never stopped working, despite being kicked all over the place. Missed a great chance in the first half.

    Gabriel Jesus (7/10):

    Tireless as ever, but didn't really get a sight of goal himself.

    Gabriel Martinelli (7/10):

    Should have scored in the first half, so unlucky when he hit the bar in the second.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Kieran Tierney (7/10):

    Really helped steady things in the second half. Good cameo.

    Leandro Trossard (5/10):

    Couldn't really get into the game..

    Thomas Partey (5/10):

    Added a bit of extra protection to the defence.

    Reiss Nelson (N/A):

    Only introduced for the final five minutes.

    Eddie Nketiah (N/A):

    Came on at the same time as Nelson.

    Mikel Arteta (8/10):

    Will be delighted with the way his team stood up to the physical battle.