Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1  – Sunday 15 April 2018 1.30pm

We asked Jamie Swan to give us his match ratings after today’s game.

A brilliant 2-1 victory and some excellent write-ups on the players who performed today.

What a magnificent result and mettle proven, coming back from a goal down to win at home AGAIN!

Dubravka 7

Our lucky mascot strikes again! What an addition he has been.

Although Arsenal had a lot of the ball he didn’t have a great deal to do. Couldn’t do nowt about the goal, couple of good takes, though did have a dodgy flap at Lacazette in the second half and got away with it.

Yedlin 8

Ran up and down all day and got a very good assist. Arsenal targeted that flank and he and Ritchie had to put a proper shift in. If I was harsh I would mark him down for his hair and hair band – shocking!

Dummett 8

This lad is just solid as a rock. He just wants it – love it. Arsenal didn’t get any joy out of him.

Lascelles 8

Sloppy in possession at times, but an absolute rock AGAIN. Another one who wants it and gets it. Love this kid.

Lejeune 7

Spraying some Hollywood balls around first half showing some serious skills. Ball played over his head for their goal and gave one daft free-kick away. Apart from that, first class, and his partnership with the Captain is quality.

Shelvey  8

A couple of majestic passes from his right boot again. A lot of his short passing was a bit hitty missy and lost it a few times, but put enough in to get a decent score in my opinion.

Diame 9 MOTM

This guy has got to be a ringer!

What has happened to the old Diame?

Locked in a cupboard somewhere maybe…but the new Diame is an absolute beast.

He covered every blade of grass and not one Arsenal player could live with his energy. Well played mate, Man of the match.

Kennedy 7

Not his best game for us but such a threat, nearly bagged himself a goal when it spooned up and hit the corner of the post and bar.

Bit sloppy in possession but he also did a shift and helped Dummett out a lot when needed towards the end.

Ritchie 8

Now I’m a big fan of Matty and I think he has so much to offer. He has proper quality and that finish with his weaker foot was just MINT.

One of the best attitudes I’ve seen in a black and white shirt. Wears the colours with pride and plays like he cares.

Gayle 7

Not much luck and never really had a chance or looked like scoring, but he made some decent runs, and his movement and Shelveys passing paved the way for the equaliser. Got subbed.

Perez – 8

Three goals in three games and this one was an excellent finish. He was awake when the Arsenal player was catching some zzzzzzs. Pleased for him, and he’s still frustrating, but becoming a key player.


Slimani 8

I think this lad made a big impact coming on and helped push the whole team up a bit.

A couple of runs, a hand (or head) in the second and set up a chance for Ayoze. I like him and very interested to see if he starts the next game.

Joselu 6

Not on that long, worked hard, won a few headers and free kicks. Looked like he was shot by a sniper for one free kick won ha ha.

Murphy 6

Nice to see him on, if even briefly. Worked hard to keep the ball in the corner and then smashed off an Arsenal player and out. Nice one son.

Rafa Benitez 10

I wanted to mention this guy. He is the greatest thing to happen to this club. We are so lucky to have him and Mr Benitez, from the bottom of me heart – THANK YOU and I love the bones of ye man!

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1


Newcastle: Perez 29, Ritchie 68

Arsenal: Lacazette 14

Possession was Arsenal 72% Newcastle 28%

Total shots were  Arsenal 15 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Arsenal 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 86), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 79), Gayle (Slimani 63))

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden

Crowd: 52,210 (2,700 Arsenal approx)

(Alan Shearer revels in Newcastle win and has Piers Morgan and other Arsenal fans biting – Read HERE)

(United fan/writer instant reaction to the 2-1 victory – Read it HERE)

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  • TheFatController

    Rafa’s birthday tomorrow. Ashley got his pa to send him a card, a SD mug, a lonsdale trackie and two loan players in the summer …

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      you forgot the Trainer socks

      • Peaky

        ….and Slazenger undercrackers…..

        • Thom Ridley

          But he’s taken a quid off raffa’s salary next month, for the big carrier bag.

    • Mark Potter

      Kenedy and Slimani would be a fine birthday gift.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Perez, scored 1 made 1, sorry Mo

    • Albert Stubbins

      Mo and Ritchie by a country mile!!

  • Ba ba.

    #rafaoot… 👍

  • Leicester Mag

    Id honestly give Diame 10 if I’d ever thought I would say this it would be in back of a padded van

  • Peaky

    Wonder how Colback is doing…..actually no I couldn’t give a flying f**k…….learn to treat a World Class manager with respect in future…not that you’ll ever get the chance with us again….

    • Ram Kishore

      Come on Peaky, he’s gone and let’s give him a break and we didn’t know much as to what really happened behind the scenes..let’s not hate our own.. he’s way better than Sissoko imho..

    • Paul Patterson

      I heard that he was asked by the manager to fill in in an unfamiliar position during a training game and he said no. You could imagine the reaction from Benitez if that were true. A calm and collected ‘No problem, son!’ But Newcastle career over. It certainly looks like that has happened.

      • Peaky

        Yeah I’d heard that story also…..I think Colback was hedging his bets in the hope that Rafa would leave one way or another and he would fall back into favour with the new manager.Sitting on that massive wage,playing with the kids and refusing to move to certain clubs because of distance certainly doesn’t fill the criteria of a modern professional.

  • Cockneytrev

    Great summing up of the team and especially of the manager,,

  • gallowgate26

    I actually think Diame was bordering on a 10/10 today. He literally just bullied Arsenal for the whole game and they couldn’t deal with him. He controls the midfield and then allows Shelvey to open teams up. I think when they are playing like that, we have possibly the best central midfield in the league. A bold statement to make but perhaps only Fernandinho and De Bruyne are a better midfield. I think the central defensive pairing is one of the best in the league also.

    • Sing in the Leazes

      I’m with you on that one. He was awesome. And they play really well together him and Shelvey, they seem to have a really good understanding. And Shelvey is one of the best long range passers of a ball I have ever seen, not just for us. And the engine room is the most important area of the pitch. We are definitely on to something with these two.

  • Rich Lawson

    Gayle is shot and gets a decent score because of the result. Slimani needs to start instead of him against Everton. Half fit (?) he is a real handful and can make a huge difference to the attack and options.

  • mentalman

    great effort by all but i wouldn’t give Yedlin such a high score, apart from the assist he was caught out of position too often and doesn’t try and cut out diagonal passes or stop crosses getting in to the box