Americans Abroad: Yedlin assists in big Newcastle victory over Arsenal

The right back made up for a questionable play early on by turning provider on his team’s opening goal

It didn’t get off to the best of starts for DeAndre Yedlin on Sunday against Arsenal, but it couldn’t have finished much better.

Yedlin’s positioning probably could have been better on the Gunners early opener to put Newcastle down 1-0. He was ahead of his defensive line, providing more space for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to run into. While Yedlin’s pace often can correct those mistakes, it could not against the speedy Aubameyang, who was able to find Alexandre Lacazette for the opener.

But while his culpability for the first goal was a question, Yedlin’s contribution to Newcastle’s opener cannot be denied.

In the 29th minute he delivered an excellent low cross to the near post that Ayoze Perez finished off to level the score at 1-1.

Yedlin’s day was made even better as while he did not do anything more on the scoresheet, he turned in a solid defensive effort in a 2-1 Newcastle win. The victory took the Magpies up to 41 points, virtually ensuring they remain in the Premier League next season as they are 13 points up on 18th with just five games to play.

In a season where the few Americans present in England’s top-flight have seen it a struggle, Yedlin has been the exception. And he’ll now get another chance to build on his solid campaign next season.

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