An Arsenal star, however, had to face criticism from the BBC specialist.
ARSENAL – NEWCASTLE 2-0:
Arsenal scored three very important points in their home match against Newcastle on Monday night, thus raising third place in the Premier League table.
After 31 games, the London club has 63 points and is two points ahead of Arch-bishop Tottenham in fourth place and Manchester United in fifth place.
Aaron Ramsey put the hosts ahead after a 30-minute match at Emirates after a good game. The end of the Waliser passed by the bar and entered the goal. In the second half, Alexander Lacazette added 2-0 with a beautiful and sensitive lob.
Although Arsenal won the match, not everyone was impressed. The central cork stopper Shkodran Mustafi had a difficult day at work in the rear ranks and had a first involvement that can be fatal.
After 28 minutes, the German hit a slight imbalance that ended with Mohamed Diame. He went to Salomon Rondon, but Mustafi was stopped for a free kick. In the 37th minute, Mustafi hit a stray ball against Sokratis midfielder and Rondon was close to snatching the ball within 16 meters.
Shortly before the interval, the midfielder was again unhappy with a pass when he was going to goalkeeper Bernd Leno, but this time no Newcastle player was awake.
BBC specialist Chris Sutton was not particularly impressed with German efforts in this fight and almost ridiculed the Arsenal star with this move.
– Mustafi is the type of player who makes opponents shout, "Let him get the ball. Let him catch the ball," said former striker Norwich and Blackburn over the 26-year-old.
Already after 14 minutes of play, the ball was in the net, but the Aaron Ramsey score was canceled because Socratis had been very hard with Florian Lejeune ahead.
However, the neighborhood later got the Welsh score approved. Mateo Guendouzi and Ramsey together, before the last turn to Alexandre Lacazette. He never managed to control, but the ball came out with Ramsey, who put in the longest post and in.
Soon after, Newcastle was about to respond. Matt Ritchie played in Rondon and won the duel with Socratis before ending obliquely. The Arsenal goalkeeper, Leno, had to leave completely to catch the ball at the nearest post.
Just before the interval, the hosts managed to increase to 2-0. Mesüt Özil found Lacazette and he passed the ball through the goalkeeper, but Ritchie was on the line and managed to deflect.
So it was 1-0 after the first 45 minutes.
After 83 minutes, the alert arrived. Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed for Lacazette and the Frenchman scored the ball with a sensitive lob.
Unai Emery and his Arsenal are on their way to Champions League football next season, while Rafael Benitez and Newcastle are still not quite sure in terms of possible relegation. The Tyneside Club has 35 points.
Down to Cardiff, in 18th place, there are seven points for Newcastle.