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May 19, 2013 8:30 PM IST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 52354‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny's 52nd-minute volley secured the Gunners victory over Alan Pardew's side and made sure they would be playing Champions League football next season

By Charlie Scott at St James' Park

  • Stephen Harper
    18
    8
    2.50

    Stephen Harper

    The 38-year-old was handed the captaincy for the final game of his career, but he departed on the losing side as Koscielny's 52nd minute volley sealed all three points for the visitors.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    6
    14
    2.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Another player who may be departing St James' Park this summer, the Argentine will be disappointed to have been beaten to the ball by Koscielny when the Frenchman scored.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    16
    8
    3.50

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    The Frenchman was shifted out to left-back to accommodate the returning Taylor, and he seemed to enjoy himself on that side as he pushed forward well to help his side in attack.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    13
    8
    3.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Bombed forward down the right to support Gouffran, as Gibbs was forced to reign in his attacking instincts for the Gunners to track both their runs.

  • Steven Taylor
    8
    11
    2.50

    Steven Taylor

    Pressed Podolski into his own half on a number of occasions as Arsenal's No. 9 failed to have much of an impact. Struggled after the break as Arsenal shifted through the gears and took the lead.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    19
    7
    3.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    The midfielder's performances have dipped of late, but he put in an accomplished display today with some fine passes and vital challenges.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    25
    4
    3.00

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Full of his usual pace and trickery, the former Marseille man posed Arsenal's defence numerous problems, particularly in the first half. Curled an effort over the bar in the 38th minute.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    10
    8
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Pardew knows exactly what Gutierrez offers in midfield, and that is exactly what he got. The Argentine hassled and harried the likes of Cazorla and Ramsey brilliantly for the hosts.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    5
    21
    2.00

    Cheikh Tiote Flop of the Match

    The Ivorian was reprimanded early on by Howard Webb after flying into a challenge with Rosicky and he again gave away a free kick shortly before the break. Off the pace throughout.

  • Papiss Cissé
    13
    9
    3.00

    Papiss Cissé

    The Senegal international gave Mertesacker and Koscielny a torrid time in the first half, as he held the ball up and brought Ben Arfa and Gouffran into play well. Faded after the break.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    12
    7
    3.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Playing off Cisse the attacker moved into the channels well, and nearly provided an assist for his team-mate in the 13th minute.

Substitutions

  • Vurnon Anita
    8
    7
    2.00

    Vurnon Anita

    Failed to have an impact on the game after being introduced after the break.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    5
    9
    2.00

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Had a couple of opportunities to play Cisse in but failed to, instead choosing to try – and failing – to go it alone.

  • Adam Campbell
    6
    8
    2.50

    Adam Campbell

    Full of running late on but had no chance to test Arsenal's defence.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    68
    1
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Had little to do over the course of the game as Newcastle's best efforts flew just over or wide rather than being on target.

  • Bacary Sagna
    55
    8
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    The right-back was eaten by Yanga-Mbiwa in the 7th minute, as Cisse came close to giving Newcastle the lead, and the first half continued in a similar vein for the Frenchman. As Arsenal took control in the second half he had less to do defensively.

  • Per Mertesacker
    71
    4
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    The Germany international had his hands full against Cisse this afternoon, but after a poor performance in the first half, he improved in the second as Cisse's threat was nullified.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    172
    3
    4.00

    Laurent Koscielny Top of the Match

    Had to cover Gibbs and Sagna on a couple of occasions in the first half as Newcastle's attacking trio threatened. Scored the Gunners' vital goal in the 52nd minute as he smashed a close range volley past Harper.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    60
    3
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Struggled against Gouffran as the Frenchman had one of his best performances for the Magpies. Like Sagna his defensive workload decreased after the break when his side took the lead.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    91
    4
    3.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    The Czech Republic midfielder put in a competent performance playing in an attacking three behind Podolski, and like a number of his team-mates he improved markedly as the match wore on. Won a couple of free kicks in dangerous areas for his side.

  • Mikel Arteta
    46
    14
    2.00

    Mikel Arteta

    The Spaniard started for the Gunners after a series of injections on Friday, but they failed to get him through the game as he was replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain after 29 minutes.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    69
    22
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Impressive alongside Cazorla in the centre of Arsenal's midfield, the Welshman was strong in possession and was not afraid to put himself about against the likes of Cabaye and Tiote.

  • Santi Cazorla
    69
    8
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Pirouetted his way through Newcastle's midfield on a couple of occasions in the early stages of the game, and came into his own in the second half as the hosts tired.

  • Theo Walcott
    72
    15
    4.00

    Theo Walcott

    His impact was limited in the first half by the close attention of Yanga-Mbiwa, but he was afforded far greater freedom in the second period, and he made Newcastle pay for that. Provided the assist for Koscielny's vital goal from a free kick and struck the post late on.

  • Lukas Podolski
    60
    22
    2.50

    Lukas Podolski

    Held the ball up relatively well for the Gunners, but had little opportunity to play other than with his back to goal.

Substitutions

  • Jack Wilshere
    56
    5
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Brought on with minutes to go to help shore up Arsenal's midfield as they secured a hard-earned victory.

  • Olivier Giroud
    68
    5
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Held the ball up well for the away side after being introduced in the second half.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    61
    10
    3.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Performed well in central midfield after replacing Arteta on the half hour mark.

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