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Arsenal player ratings: Bukayo Saka back to his brilliant best but Ben White off the pace in Newcastle mauling – The Sun

ARSENAL put Newcastle to the sword in some style to keep firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title.

Mikel Arteta‘s side walked all over Eddie Howe’s men in an impressive 4-1 win.

Bukayo Saka scored and impressed in Arsenal's victorious 4-1 win against Newcastle

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Bukayo Saka scored and impressed in Arsenal’s victorious 4-1 win against NewcastleCredit: Reuters

Arsenal did not look at all like the side that Porto beat earlier in the week.

After a 1-0 defeat in Portugal, the Gunners made sure fans could leave that in the past as they went straight back to it with a thumping victory.

And there were signs that summer-signing Kai Havertz is slowly getting back to his best after a tough start in London.

Starboy Saka also scored and particular mention should go to Jorginho who was at the centre of it all.

Arteta’s squad have scored now 25 goals since the new year and it does not look like they will be stopping anytime soon.

Here’s how SunSport’s Ellie Grant rates the Arsenal team…

David Raya – 6

An easy one for Raya – one goal may have slipped in but he did not have very much work to do as the Magpies could not break down Arsenal’s backline.

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And when they did Raya was there at their feet to stop it.

Ben White – 6

Provided a good effort at the back but not as high up in the flank as fans usually expect him.

But the defender made sure the Magpies knew not to bother coming down the Gunner’s end.

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William Saliba – 8

Did well to assist the Gunner’s frontline. Provided excellent effort in the first half for the first two goals walking all over the Magpies.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 7

It may have not been his goal in the first 45 but that did not matter.

Excellent effort in both halves and consistently provided chances for the attackers.

Jakub Kiwior – 8

He may have been very quiet in the first half.

But he roared in the second scoring the fourth goal for the Gunners.

Arsenal tore Newcastle apart with a resounding victory

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Arsenal tore Newcastle apart with a resounding victoryCredit: AFP

Martin Odegaard – 8

The skipper may have got the yellow card early on but this did not stop him from from being in the centre of it all.

Had great control of the game pulling the strings and threading the passes to create chances.

Declan Rice – 7

The midfielder ensured that the counter-attack was never on and was continuously providing chances for his side throughout the game.

Kai Havertz – 9

He may have struggled in Porto but the German shined at the Emirates.

A stellar effort from the £65million signing who chipped in his sixth goal of the season.

Bukayo Saka was scintillating for Arteta's men

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Bukayo Saka was scintillating for Arteta’s menCredit: Reuters

Bukayo Saka – 9

The winger once again found the back of the net to boost his tally to 13 goals this term.

He continuously danced his way through Newcastle’s defence to make sure he was at the centre of the magic.

Jorginho – 8

In the mix of it all the whole game from start to finish. Prevented Newcastle from getting forward at all times.

One of the stars of the show for the stunning victory.

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Gabriel Martinelli – 8

The Brazillian shinned in the first half supporting Havertz to find the back of the net.

Constantly in the mix of the game not backing down to the Magpies’ defence.

Subs

Leandro Trossard – 7

Emile Smith Rowe – 7

Reiss Nelson – 7

Eddie Nketiah – 7

Mohamed Elneny – 6

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