NUFC player ratings vs Arsenal – A few awful 3s, several 4,s the odd 5 and two 6s

A woeful display from Eddie Howe’s Newcastle, as errors, misplaced passes and a general lack of quality or fight saw us fall to a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday night. Here come the ratings from the Emirates:

Loris Karius – 6/10 – Made a couple of decent stops, although often chose to parry out. Came off his line well once or twice in first half but was caught

Kieran Trippier – 4/10 – Seemed slow to react and didn’t show his usual quality in possession.

Fabian Schar – 4/10 – Sloppy. Almost gifted Arsenal a first half goal from a poor back pass and last his battle with Havertz.

Sven Botman – 3/10 – Lethargic, unusually sloppy and looked a shadow of the player we know he can be. Own goal and fell asleep as Martinelli ghosted in behind him for their second. Hooked off for Lascelles.

Tino Livramento – 5/10 – Did OK in moments against Saka until his goal, where he allowed the winger to cut in and finish. Thrown into a frying pan.

Bruno Guimaraes – 5/10 – Not a holding midfielder. Subbed off to prevent a booking-induced suspension. Didn’t get to show his quality on the ball.

Sean Longstaff – 3.5/10 – MIA and looked like he had sand in his boots. Not offering enough and was a passenger throughout.

Lewis Miley – 4/10 – Pretty anonymous all night. Has done superbly but he was outclassed and outworked here.

Anthony Gordon – 5.5/10 – Better than most in black and white. Drew a few fouls and tried to run at them in the first half.

Miguel Almiron – 4/10 – His lack of quality in final third was evident again. Had one glimpse in first half but allowed keeper to gather after failing to get shot off. Came off after an hour.

Alexander Isak – 4.5/10 – Almost invisible, withdrawn after an hour. Got such little service, but couldn’t make it stick when the ball did get to him. Bullied by Gabriel and Saliba.

Jacob Murphy (64’) – 4/10 – Didn’t offer much after coming on. Ran the ball out of play in a run that summed up our night.

Harvey Barnes (64’) – 5/10 – Some nice touches but couldn’t impact the game a great deal. Picked out Burn before his cross for Willock.

Joe Willock (73’) – 6/10 – Genuinely nice to see him on the pitch again. His energy, pace and goal threat will be crucial going forwards. Grabbed a goal to make it slightly less embarrassing with a looping header.

Jamaal Lascelles (73’) – 5/10 – More composed than Botman.

Dan Burn (73’) – 5/10 – Hopefully being dropped will do him good, set up Willock’s goal with a nice cross.

About Joshua Nichol

Joshua is a freelance journalist currently training at Sunderland Uni, but is a lifelong Newcastle fan and enjoyer of retro football kits.

8 thoughts on “NUFC player ratings vs Arsenal – A few awful 3s, several 4,s the odd 5 and two 6s

  1. All the midfield players were worth no more than 6 marks between them.
    Botman was a 2 at best.
    Having said that any defence in the country would be overrun with our midfield who couldn’t put a tackle in or cover enough ground due to a lack of pace.
    Crying out for 532 or 442 with an extra midfielder to nullify their midfield who outplayed us at St JP without Odegard, no lessons learnt from that game.
    I called this before the game when the team was named.
    Almiron again worse than useless, apparently they worked on 532 in training and it was supposed to go well, so down to you coaches who get a zero.


  2. Joseph get yourself on the main thread as well mate 👍🏼. I like your posts & you need to be involved in conversations


  3. Joseph you’ve still got the same midfield 3 in a 532 until you get all our players back so how will that midfield 3 of Bruno Longstaff and Miley suddenly work better in a 532 read an article this morning which was bang on why do Newcastle fans love a formation experts in formation’s


  4. Darren Bebb:-
    Because you will have two wing backs who can act on either side of the pitch to squeeze the midfield when necessary on either side which can sometimes give you three, four or five in midfield with two upfront.
    This is deployed when the three midfielders you have aren’t able to cover and defend properly without a recognised defensive midfielder.


  5. Fair point Joseph but I remember Mourinho saying you get more players in midfield playing a back 4 so arguably in modern football world with inverted wingers coming inside full backs pushing up more into midfield is that not getting more players in midfield creating the overloads and squeezing the play more putting a constructive alternative over


  6. To be honest some of the players were better sitting in the stand and watched the game . Eddie must have had lessons from Bruce on hoe to set the team up. 3 years and nothing changed,


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