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Ian Wright says four players helped Arsenal back to their best in Newcastle win

Ian Wright has singled out four Arsenal players for praise after their 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.

The Gunners cruised to a comfortable victory over Steve Bruce’s men in north London, although they had their work cut out after failing to break the deadlock in the first half.

Nevertheless, Mikel Arteta’s half-time team talk clearly worked wonders at The Emirates, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace and a Bukayo strike handed them a routine win in the second half.

Gunners hero Wright was particularly impressed by youngster Emile Smith-Rowe on the night, while also expressing his delight with Saka, Cedric Soares and Thomas Partey’s performances.

Ian Wright has singled out four Arsenal players for praise after their 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night
Ian Wright has singled out four Arsenal players for praise after their 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night
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“[Smith-Rowe] is somebody they have had high hopes for,” he said.

“He’s had a couple of injuries and gone out on loan a couple of times. They know what he’s capable of.

“When you look at him in the academy and the first team, apart from [Mesut] Ozil, they are not many players who play in that hole like he does.

The Gunners hero was particularly impressed by Emile Smith-Rowe, who he believes is the perfect replacement for outgoing star Mesut Ozil
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“On the half-turn, with a lot more energy and pace than anybody else. Maybe even [more than] Ozil when he’s in there.

“He’s all over the place. He’s got a lovely touch. Since he has come in now with the injuries and his loan, he has realised that this is where I am meant to be. I am ready. He has taken [his chance], at the moment.

Wright also says Bukayo Saka’s energy has been crucial to his old side’s success in recent weeks
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Cedric Soares also received praise for his performance on the night
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“When you are playing against an Arsenal side, in the current form, with the energy of Saka and Smith-Rowe.

“And I have to say Cedric at right-back was brilliant. Partey was magnificent.”

Arsenal’s win over Newcastle moved them up to 10th in the Premier League, but they now have a tough run of games in store.

Returning midfielder Thomas Partey was another player who made a good impression

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Next up for the Gunners is a trip to Southampton next Tuesday, before Manchester United visit The Emirates on Saturday 30 January.

Arteta will then take his side to Wolves on February 2, before they go away to high-flying Aston Villa four days later.

Their Europa League campaign also resumes in February, with Benfica to come in the round of 32.

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