What a fantastic way to end our time at St. James Park this season.
We completely dominated Arsenal all evening, who lacked any fight to compete with us. It was us who looked like the side pushing for Champions League football; not them!
I cannot wait for next season and the summer ahead, with this the perfect end to a rollercoaster campaign that’s ended in style.
Here come the ratings from another magical night on Tyneside:
Martin Dubravka – 7 – Sweeper keeper duty for Dubravka today, coming off his line brilliantly on multiple occasions. A solid display all around and another clean sheet to add the collection.
Emil Krafth – 7.5 – Another solid display from the Swede who won the ball back in the tackle extremely well. Also created a big chance for Wilson in the second half via a smart cut-back. Should be so proud of himself, filling in superbly for the elite Trippier.
Fabian Schar – 7 – A strong defensive display until he had to be substituted for concussion. Hopefully he is OK as it was a heavy fall and nasty collision.
Dan Burn – 8 – Like a brick wall at the back this evening. Repeating myself again but what a signing this has been. Absolutely fantastic bit of recruitment.
Matt Targett – 8 – Another brilliant performer on the night for the Magpies. Kept Arsenal’s right hand side quiet and got forward particularly well, whipping a few lovely balls into the box. It may be the last time we see him in black and white at St. James Park, but what an impact he has made.
Sean Longstaff – 8.5 – One of the standout performers on the night for Eddie Howe’s men. Completely bossed the midfield alongside his Brazilian compatriots. Was stunning in the tackle and offered a real threat going forward. His pass through to Wilson for our second was nothing short of genius, but won’t be talked about. A true coming of age performance and surely warrants a new contract.
Joelinton – 8 – Absolute tank of a performance again. Our player of the season and showed exactly why tonight. Brilliant performance from a completely transformed player.
Bruno Guimaraes – 9* – Stunning performance once again from the Brazilian topped off with another goal. Howe has transformed a supposed holding midfielder, into a goalscoring monster. The future is massive for this club and Bruno will be an integral part of that. Arsenal will be sick that they let this one slip. Looks a bargain at the reported £40m fee.
Miguel Almiron – 8 – Another one of our top performers on the night. Furthermore, another player that Howe has completely transformed. Ran himself into the ground, winning tackles and creating havoc for Arsenal’s back line. Real argument now as to whether he gets a contract extension.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8 – Utterly destroyed Tomayasu first half who was forced off with an injury. Showed glimpses of getting back to his best all evening. Looked a bit upset when coming off, perhaps as he wanted to give the home fans a goal he thoroughly deserved. Let’s see what happens in the summer.
Callum Wilson – 9 – It cannot be underestimated how much of a difference this man made this evening. Ran the channels brilliantly, bullied the Arsenal defence, all whilst having a front tooth missing. Unbelievably performance given the amount of time he was out injured. Can’t wait to see him next season. A tough MOTM decision between him and Bruno. Had he finished his chances better, I could’ve given our number nine a 10!
Jamaal Lascelles – 7.5 – Defended so well after coming on for the concussed Schar. A lot better with the ball at his feet also. A rock solid cameo from the skipper!
Jacob Murphy – 6 – Caused a few issues after coming on and unlucky not to score late on with Ramsdale making a smart save.
Ryan Fraser – 6 – Dangerous on the counter late on and unlucky not to get an assist for a Murphy goal.
Dwight Gayle – N/A – Played 5 minutes. His last appearance at SJP? I’d say so.