One Newcastle player didn’t deserve to be on the losing side against Arsenal, and that was Allan Saint-Maximin.

The Frenchman was irresistible at times at the Emirates, causing the Gunners multiple problems down the left flank.

Particularly in the first half, the 22-year-old looked unstoppable. Everything good about Newcastle was going through him.

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At times, the only thing that could stop him was himself. At one point in the first half, the winger attempted an audacious spin past the Arsenal defender, only to get the ball caught in his feet and lose possession.

The Magpies were woeful in the second half, as Arsenal romped home to a 4-0 win. However, things might have been different.

At 2-0, Saint-Maximin nearly halved the deficit, but his curling effort crashed off the post.

Arsenal were average at times, but still they cruised to a 4-0 win. Individual errors at the back cost Newcastle yet again, and their inability to create chances at the other end hindered them.

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There were moments of brilliance from Saint-Maximin however, but sadly his teammates couldn’t match him.

While Newcastle’s overall performance was grim, Saint-Maximin deserves credit for what he did against the Gunners.


Saint-Maximin dazzles Newcastle fans despite desperate team performance

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