Arsenal ratings: Pepe shows Arteta he can deliver while Nketiah fails to repay faith during Arsenal’s Newcastle win – The Sun

ARSENAL needed record signing Nicolas Pepe to show his worth at the Emirates as the £72million man inspired the Gunners to a second-half rout.

Newcastle held their own during the opening 45 minutes but second-half goals from skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette turned the game completely on its head.

Arsenal remain 10th in the Premier League, but can take much confidence from the second-half goal-fest.

Here is how SunSport's Jack Figg rated the Gunners' performers from the Emirates.

Bernd Leno – 6/10

The German had near enough nothing to do throughout the game bar cheer on his team-mates. But a clean sheet was earned nonetheless.

Hector Bellerin – 5

Given a real test facing Allan Saint-Maximin the Spaniard was often given the runaround.

But he wasn’t helped much by Pepe and is still on his way back from injury.

Shkodran Mustafi – 6

Despite a few misplaced passes the usually clumsy German gave little for the home supporters to criticise.

David Luiz – 7

Dealt with the physicality of Joelinton well and led well from the back.

Gunners fans will be hoping for more performances like that.

Bukayo Saka – 8

With the 18-year-old’s contract up at the end of next season manager Mikel Arteta should be pushing for a new deal to be put on the table.

Saka provided a great assist for Pepe’s goal and was full of creation from the left.

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