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Newcastle United 0-2 Arsenal: Player ratings as Gunners cruise to victory over lacklustre Magpies

Arsenal cruised to a straightforward 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, bouncing back from their setback in the Europa League semi-finals.

The Gunners took the lead on six minutes, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s miss-kick sent the ball into the path of Mohamed Elneny, and the Egyptian fired a bouncing shot beyond Martin Dubravka and into the corner of the net.

Mohamed Elneny
Unorthodox technique | Pool/Getty Images

Arsenal dominated the game from that point on, and doubled their advantage on 66 minutes, after Gabriel Martinelli whipped a superb cross into the box, and Aubameyang acrobatically finished on the volley to kill Newcastle’s hopes.

Mikel Arteta’s men saw out the final minutes to ease to a comfortable three points, as they prepare for the second leg of the Europa League semi-final with Villarreal.

Let’s have a look at the player ratings.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

FBL-ENG-PR-NEWCASTLE-ARSENAL
A lot of defending to do | MOLLY DARLINGTON/Getty Images
FBL-ENG-PR-NEWCASTLE-ARSENAL
The relentless runner | LEE SMITH/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Allan Saint-Maximin, Mohamed Elneny
Leaving players on the floor | Pool/Getty Images
Joelinton
Some much-needed shooting practice | Stu Forster/Getty Images

ARSENAL PLAYER RATINGS

Callum Wilson, David Luiz
Battling away | Pool/Getty Images

6. Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny
The first-half goal hero | Stu Forster/Getty Images
Gabriel Martinelli, Jacob Murphy
Devastating display | Pool/Getty Images

8. Substitutes

Calum Chambers
Subbed on | Michael Regan/Getty Images

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