Arsenal took a major step towards Champions League qualification with Monday’s 3-0 win at home to Newcastle—a decisive result that left them four points clear of fifth-place Everton in the Premier League table.
Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud each found the back of the net for the Gunners while Newcastle, in losing their sixth match on the bounce, could hardly have looked more abject over the 90 minutes.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
Half-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: His straightforward save on Tiote’s drive from distance represented his only stop of the first half.
Sagna: Getting forward frequently and offering a useful attacking option from the right.
Mertesacker: Has so far won 100% of his aerial battles.
Koscielny: Timed his run perfectly before directing Cazorla’s free kick past Krul.
Monreal: Plenty of touches in one of his better periods this season.
Ramsey: Distribution has been a bit off, but he’s contributed three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Arteta: Has touched the ball 51 times so far and completed 89% of his passes.
Cazorla: Forced Krul into a spectacular, stoppage-time save.
Ozil: Looked offside when he doubled the scoreline.
Podolski: Passing in the final third has been very accurate.
Giroud: Should have scored ahead of the Ozil goal when he waltzed in alone on Krul.
Full-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Had only a trio of half-saves to make.
Sagna: Superb distribution down the right, but he also picked up a silly booking.
Mertesacker: Completed 97% of his passes over the 90 minutes.
Koscielny: Didn’t misplace a single pass against Newcastle and also contributed a goal.
Monreal: One of his better matches for Arsenal on both sides of the ball.
Ramsey: He set up the Giroud goal with an exquisite cut-back to Ozil.
Arteta: Arsenal’s pass-master touched the ball 102 times.
Cazorla: An incredible 118 touches and an assist for the Spain international.
Ozil: He scored in the first half and assisted on Giroud’s goal in the second.
Podolski: For once he continues to impress as the season reaches its conclusion.
Giroud: Scored a fine header from Ozil’s cross.
Flamini: Just 12 touches after replacing Ozil in the 74th minute.
Rosicky: Thought he’d earned a penalty after going to ground under pressure from Yanga-Mbiwa.
Sanogo: Didn’t manage a shot in a late cameo.
Half-Time analysis for Newcastle United
Krul: Two spectacular saves to keep this respectable.
Debuchy: Trying to get forward but finding Monreal and Podolski to be a handful.
Williamson: Has completed 94% of his passes out of the defense.
Coloccini: Made an absolutely vital block on Ozil.
Dummett: Distribution has been atrocious.
Gosling: Has won all of his aerial battles so far.
Anita: Three tackles so far.
Tiote: Newcastle’s best player in the first half; if the Magpies get anything going offensively, you feel he’ll be behind it.
Gouffran: Good distribution but running himself offside too often.
Sissoko: Showing a willingness to run at the Arsenal defense.
Remy: Yet to attempt a single shot.
Full-Time analysis for Newcastle United
Krul: But for him Arsenal might have had five or six.
Debuchy: Did reasonably well down the right before being replaced by Yanga-Mbiwa with six minutes remaining.
Williamson: Won all of his aerial battles.
Coloccini: A handful of important interventions but was too often caught out of position.
Dummett: His ballooned volley in the final minutes summed up Newcastle’s night.
Gosling: Decent distribution, although he was too rarely involved.
Anita: Didn’t contribute a single tackle after the restart.
Tiote: The only Newcastle player to show spark and desire on each side of the ball.
Gouffran: Broke in alone on Szczesny but saw his weak effort saved easily.
Sissoko: Touched the ball 62 times but managed only a single shot.
Remy: It’s hard to conceive a more useless performance from a centre-forward.
Ameobi: Incredibly he had just six touches of the ball in 21 minutes.
Yanga-Mbiwa: Did well to pressure Rosicky as the Czech Republic international broke in from the left.
Armstrong: A four-minute run-out for the 17-year-old.