Arsenal Times
Ozil Wonderland MotM: Ratings v Newcastle
By Matt Sadler
December 16 2017

After a shaky opening 20 (midfield was all over the place), Arsenal got things right and started to take control. The Gunners took the lead after a wonder volley from Ozil and dominated possession for the rest of the half, but couldn't find a second.

Arsenal dominated possession again in the second half but couldn't break down Newcastle's defence, and they grew into the game and we found ourselves hanging on a bit of the last 20.

Could've been a lot, lot better but a win is a win I guess!

 Cech - 6. Didn't have much to do but did it all with no fuss.

Bellerin - 6. Okay defensively and made good runs but I just want him to use the ball better.
Koscielny - 6. Didn't start the game well but settled. Made a lot of clearances.
Monreal - 7. Assertive and read the game well.
Maitland-Niles - 7. Got forward when he could, defended well. Didn't look out of place at all.
Xhaka - 5. Passes it well enough for the most part but still has a really sloppy giveaway in him. Not great on duels either.
Wilshere - 6. Drifted in and out of the game but kept it tidy and showed flashes of what he can do.

Iwobi - 7.5. Lively. Involved in Ozil's goal, but end product/ finishing needs to be better.
Ozil - 8. Popped up everywhere. Passed it well and scored a superb winner.
Alexis - 6. Still a bit shaky in possession at times, but always tries to make something happen.

Lacazette - 6. Didn't happen for him in front of goal today, but we missed his movement when he went off.

Subs:

Welbeck - 4. Hardly had a touch.
Giroud - 5. Won his headers.
Coquelin - N/A. Not on long.