The results of the Newcastle v Arsenal player ratings by fans.

Always interested to see what supporters have collectively made of the latest performance, when using our interactive ratings system.

Each player marked out of 10 and the averages below.

Easily man of the match in black and white, Mikel Merino returned to something close to his earlier form with a supporter rating of 7.4.

Next best were defenders Jamaal Lascelles (6.5) and DeAndre Yedlin (5.8), the captain once again bringing some order to the defence and Yedlin the energy (Winger Jacob Murphy also getting a half decent fan rating of 5.6).

Similar to Everton on Wednesday though, fellow defenders Florian Lejeune (4.3) and Javier Manquillo (4.4) were amongst the very weakest in the eyes of fans.

Four other players were rated below 5.0, winger Christian Atsu (4.3) totally ineffective, whilst Isaac Hayden (4.8) once again struggled in central midfield at this level, though he never stopped trying.

Front pair Joselu (4.6) and Perez (4.7) were the other two marked down, a little harsh on Joselu maybe as he won plenty in the air and didn’t do too badly overall.

However, no doubting that it was only once Ritchie (6.8) and Gayle (5.7) came off the bench that Newcastle eventually posed a threat.

The less said about Mohamed Diame (2.6) the better, when it comes to the brief time he was on the pitch.

Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 7pm on Monday:


If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Arsenal player ratings, go HERE and you can still input your own marks out of 10 for each player, then check back later to see whether the overall interactive ratings have changed for the team as more fans vote.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0


Arsenal: Ozil 23

Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were  Arsenal 23 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Arsenal 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy (Gayle 67), Hayden, Merino (Diame 82), Atsu (Ritchie 54), Perez, Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Aarons

Crowd: 59,379 (Newcastle 3,000)

(Method in the madness of Rafa’s team selection – Read HERE)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s match, go HERE)

(Newcastle in bottom three after Saturday results, read HERE)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A true reflection of a squad full of schitt & its the same players at the bottom week in week out, yet they keep getting selected.
    If it wasn`t Rafa Benitez the manager would be labelled an idiot

    • wheyayeman

      I agree the squad is full of it but blaming Rafa is hardly fair – he’s had nowt to spend. The blame for this mess lies at Ashleys door. He’s the idiot

      • Clarko

        Spends 17/18:

        West Ham €45.40m
        Crystal Palace €37.20m
        Stoke €34.90m
        West Brom €45.70m
        Bournemouth €34.30m
        Brighton €47.60m
        Burnley €34.04m
        Huddersfield €44.40m

        Newcastle €49.30m

        100% down to Benitez.

        • TheFatController

          If I was a barrister in court, I’d just ask you ‘but what about player sales, previous windows’ spend and squad value which reveals the quality of club scouting systems and youth development…?’

          ‘I put it to you, Clarko, that when you don’t have a strong argument for something you have strong emotions for, you select the evidence that supports your emotions and leave out any evidence that clearly doesn’t.’

          ‘You think it makes you sound spectacuarly right til your weak evidence is challenged and then you, conversely, sound spectacularly wrong.’

          Or as they say ‘don’t let the facts get in the way of completely unsound logic’

          • mentalman

            Rafa changed the scouting system and brought his own guys in and also had a poor summer transfer window the previous year.

          • Clarko

            We have been through why net spend isn’t relevant to Newcastle in this case. We have been though how Newcastle lost money last year. You keep on bringing up arguments that you have already lost/are wrong, it’s just silly. On a side note, you seem content to just disregard the player sales of the other teams mentioned (Arnautovic, Gray, Keane, Nordveit, ect…)

            What is the squad value of the clubs mentioned? How you calculate that/a source would be appreciated.

            I don’t “select the evidence that supports” my “emotions”, as mentioned above, you do, up until this point you have ignored the sales of players from other clubs, you are ignoring the reasoning as to why net pend isn’t relevant to Newcastle and you are ignoring the fact that Newcastle lost money last season.

            You’re just making random statements without any evidence or reasoning, no squad value, no evidence of where I have ignored any “fact”, no evidence or reasoning to explain my “weak evidence”, just random statements that have no validity.

  • Philippines

    It would be interesting to see the result if you asked all the team squad to make out a team sheet for the next game.