The new Edwin van der Sar? Dutch international howed why he has got the nod over Steve Harper and Fraser Forster as Newcastle's new first-choice keeper with a tidy display.
Showed why he was once tipped to play for England with a solid performance but still gets carried away with himself and needs to cut out silly mistakes to fulfil potential
Adequate performance from the emergency right-footed left-back following Jose Enrique's departure but it was there for the taking by Arsenal but the visitors failed to take advantage
The new Newcastle skipper might not be the quickest around but he makes up for lack of pace with smart defending and he came to rescue a couple of times with vital interceptions
Strong in the tackle, pacy, the Manchester United old boy has all the attributes to become a first-rate right-back but should pose more of an threat on the counter-attack
Pantomime villain. There are some Arsenal fans who would like to see Arsene Wenger sign him up to replace Cesc Fabregas to add steel to the Gunners midfield but the way he tumbled in the altercation with Gervinho.
He was the star of the show last season thanks to his spectacular volleyed equaliser in that 4-4 draw but was strangely subdued and it even took him more than an hour to pick up his customary booking.
Promising. Premier League debutant started brightly but struggled to make an impact with his team pushed on to the back foot by more fluent opponents but to his credit he kept going.
There can be no faulting his effort because he gave it his all but he lacked the necessary support to give the Arsenal defence too much to worry about.
Showed why Newcastle should spend big to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closes with a dire show that saw him hauled off at half-time
- 21 F. Forster
- 6 M. Williamson
The former Manchester United player hardly got a look in after replacing Demba Ba at half-time but then again he hardly saw the ball.
- 28 Sammy Ameobi
- 15 D. Gosling
Hardly got a look in after being on to replace Ameobi midway through the second half
Had no time to make an impression