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Ian Wright praises Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale after Arsenal’s win over Newcastle


Arsenal beat Newcastle thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright reserved special praise for Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle, but slammed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for what he described as an ‘unforgivable’ miss in the first half.

Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock with a cool finish in the 56th minute and Martinelli doubled Arsenal’s advantage with a stunning volleyed effort just moments after coming on as a second-half substitute at the Emirates.

The hosts held firm to secure maximum points and strengthen their hold on fifth place in the Premier League while Eddie Howe’s Magpies remain rooted to the bottom of the table, still yet to win a single game this season.

It was the perfect response from the Gunners in the wake of their thumping 4-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool last weekend, a result which ended an impressive run of ten matches without defeat in all competitions.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Wright was critical of Newcastle and felt the visitors were their own worst enemy across a difficult 90 minutes in north London.

Watching back Martinelli’s superb strike, the legendary ex-Arsenal striker said: ‘That’s very difficult when it’s coming over your right shoulder.

‘I’m thinking that at some stage the goalkeeper has got to at least get some kind of contact with him.

‘The goalkeeper, for me, has made that a little bit easier for him, he’s got to be there in his face because at some stage he’s got to take his eye off of where the goalkeeper is to concentrate on the connection.

‘The goalkeeper should be in his face knowing he’s got to take his eye off that and he wasn’t close enough.

‘It’s a great finish and a great ball from [Takehiro] Tomiyasu, but he’s got to be closer.’

Ramsdale produced a spectacular save to deny Shelvey in the first half (Picture: Getty)

Ramsdale kept the scoreline goalless with a flying stop to deny Jonjo Shelvey in the 30th minute and Wright said it was the latest in a long line of ‘fantastic’ saves from the Arsenal summer signing.

‘It’s a fantastic save. It was a great strike from Jonjo Shelvey, we know that he’s got this in his locker,’ he added.

‘He’s set it up nicely, but just the fingertips and it was just enough.

‘You could see it from behind the goal, he’s trying to look around someone and then he’s had to move.

‘Fantastic save, brilliant. It’s what he’s been doing a lot, to be honest, for Arsenal recently.’

Wright felt Aubameyang’s miss with ‘unforgivable’ (Picture: Getty)

Wright was pleased with Arsenal’s all-round performance but ripped into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his half-time analysis, claiming there was ‘no excuses’ for his shocking point-blank miss in the 41st minute.

‘Poor finishing. That’s a great chance. It’s a fantastic ball,’ he went on.

‘It’s quite an easy save for the goalkeeper. For me, Emile Smith Rowe has to score first of all from where he is.

‘But this [Aubameyang’s miss], there’s no excuse for that. I don’t know what to say.

‘He’s a top goalscorer, he’s got himself in a position and he’s just leaning back.

‘He thinks it’s foregone in his mind, but he’s actually missed the goal. It’s hit the outside of the post.’

‘For me, it’s an unforgivable miss.’


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