Arsenal player ratings as Alexander Lacazette gets a 7 but Nacho Monreal scores a 3 in Newcastle defeat

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Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Newcastle United in the Premier League as their poor form away from home continued.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set up Alexander Lacazette who gave the Gunners the lead before Ayoze Perez equalised.

Some sloppy defending at the back led to a second for the hosts in the second half as Matt Ritchie’s strike proved to be the winner.

Here’s a look at how the Gunners performed.

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Petr Cech – 5: Beaten at the near post for the equaliser. Made a couple of routine saves.

Calum Chambers – 5: Did well to get forward and have a few shots. Was relatively solid at the back.

Shkodran Mustafi – 7: Shoulders some of the blame for the first goal as he failed to track Perez’s run at the near post. Did make a crucial last man tackle later on though and made some good clearances.

Rob Holding – 5: Didn’t do too much wrong but lacked the presence to command situations in the box.

Nacho Monreal – 3: Sloppy play that led to the winner for Newcastle. Saw plenty of the ball but could not make an impact going forward.

Alex Iwobi – 6: Was a threat going forward and had a couple of shots from decent positions that he could’ve done better with.

Granit Xhaka -4: A nothing display from the Swiss. Had enough possession but his passing was safe.

Mohamed El Neny – 5: More industrious than his midfield partner and made some good interceptions but otherwise ineffective.

Joe Willock – 5: Not the dream Premier League debut he would’ve hoped for and one that most people will forget.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7: Played out wide and did his best to threaten the defence. A fine assist for the opener.

Alexandre Lacazette – 7: Took his goal well and got into good positions. Better from the Frenchman.

SUBSTITUTES

Danny Welbeck – 5: Replaced Willock in the 68th minute and didn’t have an impact.

Ainsely Maitland-Niles – N/A: Came on for Chambers late on.

Eddie Nketiah – N/A: Played the final few minutes in place of Iwobi.

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Man United's impressive clean-sheet record and other facts as they host West Brom

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Manchester United will face West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday, with an objective to get all three points.

Jose Mourinho‘s side are just 16 points behind leaders Manchester City but will look to continue on their winning form.

Here, we take a look at some key stats and facts as the Red Devils host caretaker Darren Moore’s side.

– After winning 85% of their opening 13 Premier League games against West Brom (W11 D2 L0), Man Utd have won just 40% of their last 10 against them (W4 D3 L3).

– The Baggies have lost just one of their last four Premier League visits to Old Trafford (W2 D1), losing 0-2 in November 2015.

– Only one side starting the day bottom of the table has ever won a Premier League game at Old Trafford – Blackburn Rovers winning 3-2 in December 2011. Man Utd have won 16 and drawn four of the other 20 games.

– The Red Devils are looking to secure six consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since January 2017.

– Manchester United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets this season, with 11 of those coming at Old Trafford – also the most in the league.

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– West Brom are winless in their last 15 Premier League away games, losing 11 and drawing four. Indeed, only in 2008-09 have the Baggies endured a longer away winless run in a single PL season (16 games).

– No side has won more Premier League games that they were losing than Manchester United this season (4, level with Arsenal and Bournemouth), with Jose Mourinho’s side winning 33% of the games in which they’ve been behind (4/12).

– West Brom have scored just 26 Premier League goals this season, the same total Man Utd have registered in the first half alone.

– Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in four goals in his last two Premier League games (1 goal, 3 assists) – as many as in his previous 12 in the competition for Arsenal and Man Utd combined (4 goals).

– Jose Salomon Rondon has scored in six different Premier League games this season, failing to win any of them (D2 L4). The most different games scored in by a player in a single Premier League campaign, without winning a single one is seven (Jordan Ayew in 2015-16).

Statistics provided by Opta

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Chelsea can't give up on top four finish, says Olivier Giroud

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Olivier Giroud has refused to let Chelsea give up on even the slightest chance of Champions League qualification.

The substitute struck twice as Chelsea scored three times in eight minutes for a 3-2 comeback victory at Southampton.

The France striker then channelled that never-say-die spirit again when insisting the Blues cannot admit defeat in their top-four quest, despite still trailing fourth-placed Tottenham by seven points.

“As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe,” said Giroud.

“So we take the games one by one and we have maybe five or six finals to play. Let’s do the job and we will see what the other teams do.”

Relegation-threatened Southampton stunned Chelsea by sweeping into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek.

The Blues turned the game on its head thanks to Giroud’s smart brace, however, and another neat finish from Eden Hazard.

Giroud hailed his first two league goals for Chelsea and then paid tribute to the character of Antonio Conte’s men.

“Obviously I was waiting for that,” Giroud told Chelsea’s official website of his first Premier League goals for the Blues.

“I have tried so many times to put it in the back of the net. When you are a striker you need to keep going and keep your confidence high, even if I have been playing a bit less in these recent weeks.

“I always used to say that football is an ever-lasting beginning, so you always need to question yourself and in those moments the most important thing is to show some character.

“I have been through some difficult periods in my career and all the time I try to come back stronger and it has happened again in this game, and I am very pleased for me and for the team.”

Victory would have given Southampton’s survival hopes a major boost. Instead defeat left Mark Hughes’ men five points adrift of safety.

New Saints boss Hughes insists his players can cope with the pressure, despite their increasingly precarious position.

“They’ve taken blows all year, they can’t start feeling sorry for themselves now, it’s gone beyond that,” said Hughes.

“We’ve got to stick our chests out, get on with it, start being men and take responsibility.

“I thought they did that today, and against Arsenal. I think we’ve still got enough to get out of this.”

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