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5 Arsenal players who underperformed against Newcastle United

by REPUBLIKA ONLINE
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The defeat leaves Arteta’s side in fifth position, two points behind Tottenham with a game to play.

Since they have an inferior goal difference, they’ll not only need to win against Everton on matchday 38 but also hope Spurs to lose to Norwich City.

Here are five Arsenal players who underperformed to leave their side in dismay before the final game of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

#5 Nuno Tavares

Left-back Nuno Tavares is not a dependable defender, but his willingness to push forward generally makes his inclusion worth the risk.

On Monday, however, he completely failed to justify his inclusion into the starting XI, proving ineffective in both attack and defense.

At St. James Park, Tavares only completed 10 passes, lost possession 10 times, did not create a single chance, and lost two of three ground duels.

Another night to forget for the young full-back.

#4 Takehiro Tomiyasu

Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu had to be withdrawn with a hamstring injury in the first half.

Before being subbed off prematurely for Cedric Soares, Tomiyasu arguably endured the longest 39 minutes of his career.

Tomiyasu profusely struggled to keep up with Allan Saint-Maximin, who comfortably brushed aside almost every one of his attempted blocks.

He completed only five passes, lost all five ground duels, ceded possession four times, and rarely made forays into the opposition box.

It was an utterly disappointing stint from one of the Gunners’ more talented players.

#3 Bukayo Saka

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka cut a frustrating figure on the right wing on Monday night.

He tried his best to create opportunities and even lodged the Gunners’ first shot on target, but nothing came off as we as he’d expected. Matt Targett expertly dealt with his threat, not allowing him even a single free pass.

In Monday’s encounter at Newcastle, Saka completed only 14 passes, misplaced two long balls, and lost four of his seven duels.

He also lost possession nine times and did not find the courage to try even a single dribble.

#2 Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah has been one of the first names on Arsenal’s team sheets over the last couple of months, and deservedly so.

The forward produced strong performances against Chelsea and Leeds Untied, scoring braces in both fixtures.

In the last couple of matches, however, he has looked ordinary, struggling to get into the game.

Nketiah failed to hold his ground against the Magpies on Monday night, let alone threaten their goal. He did not lodge a single shot on target, and his only shot was blocked.

Nketiah also lost 12 of his 14 duels, ceded possession nine times, and committed a foul.

#1 Martin Odegaard

Following a disastrous performance against Tottenham Hotspur last week, the Gunners’ young skipper Martin Odegaard needed to produce something special at Newcastle.

Instead, he once again went anonymous, struggling to do anything of note.

The Norwegian, who completed only five passes in the first half, could not test the keeper and his creativity was also below his sky-high standards.

Against Newcastle, Odegaard played only 24 passes, misplayed two crosses, and lost eight duels. He also ceded possession nine times and committed two fouls.

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