Saturday December 29, 2012 Day 20 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 7 - 3 Newcastle United

  • Walcott 20’, 73’, 90’
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 50’
  • Podolski 64’
  • Giroud 84’, 87’
  • Ba 43’, 69’
  • Marveaux 59’

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  1. Premier League - Walcott treble as Arsenal beat Newcastle in 10-goal thriller

    Premier League - Walcott treble as Arsenal beat Newcastle in 10-goal thriller

    Theo Walcott struck three times as Arsenal beat Newcastle 7-3 in a chaotic and exciting Premier League clash at the Emirates. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Newcastle United
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    • 90+6' FULL TIME: Arsenal win - Arsenal deserved to win - but that was bonkers. Great fun at the Emirates to finish the day in the Premier League.
    • 90+5' ARSENAL HIT THE WOODWORK! Could have been a hat-trick for Giroud - should have been in fact, but he thumps the bar from close range.
    • 90+4' Newcastle conceded seven for the first time in their PL history and first in the top flight since 1986 (8-1 defeat to West Ham). (Infostrada)
    • 90+3' Seats emptying at the Emirates - there have been 10 goals, for crying out loud!
    • 90+2' 11 goals is the record for a Premier League match - could we still see that?
    • 90+1' YES THERE IS! WALCOTT TREBLE! There were appeals for a penalty there as Walcott tries to dance through from the touchline - that's not given but it doesn't matter as Walcott simply gets up, carries on, and finishes with a delicate finish from an angle. Newcastle's defence shambolic.
    • 90+1' Five added minutes to play. There's still time for another goal, isn't there?!
    • 90' Wilshere's touch on to Giroud just a bit too light to reach, or the Frenchman might have been in for a quickfire hat-trick. He's then floored at the corner by Santon - yellow card.
    • 89' This is the fourth time this season Arsenal have scored five or more goals in a Premier League match. (Infostrada) - never dull watching them....
    • 88' The final Newcastle switch - Tavernier on for Marveaux. The wind finally out of Newcastle's sails.
    • 87' GIROUD AGAIN! TWO IN THREE MINUTES AND ARSENAL HAVE A SIXTH! The game is going to end with Arsenal winning by a huge margin, as Giroud played in by Walcott and slides a ball low beyond Krul.
    • 86' Cazorla off in Arsenal's final change - on comes Coquelin.
    • 85' GOAL! ARSENAL STRETCH THEIR LEAD! Newcastle leaves gaps as they search for a winner - Ramsey whips a superb cross into Giroud, who nods in. Is this one finally settled?
    • 84' A change for Newcastle - Ferguson replaces Simpson.
    • 83' WALCOTT SO CLOSE! Teases his way left and right to fashion the space, then sees his shot deflect only just beyond the far post.
    • 82' And for Arsenal it's Podolski off, Ramsey on.
    • 81' Change for both sides, in fact - the first is Newcastle - Bigirimana off, Ameobi on.
    • 80' Newcastle still applying the pressure. Wenger lining up another change to steady things.
    • 79' Perch caught in the crossfire as Krul leaps to claim a dangerous Arsenal set piece from under Giroud's nose. He's down for a moment, but the physio is told not to come on - he can continue.
    • 78' Newcastle have already come back three times in this match, equalling the most they have ever done in a single Premier League match (at Man City in Feb 1996). No team in PL history has ever come back on four occasions without the same Premier League match to avoid defeat. (Infostrada)
    • 77' Ba shrugs off Vermaelen to create a bit of space - but no, he's pushed him unfairly there, and Chris Foy awards a free kick.
    • 76' Obertan plays the ball off Sagna to win a corner. They've done it three times - why not once more?
    • 75' Bigirimana goes close with a 20-yard volley. Szczesny alert to save low down.
    • 75' Who'd bet against another 4-4 draw between these two sides now? There's still plenty of time...
    • 74' Here's the change - Arsenal bring Giroud on for Walcott.
    • 73' GOAL! WALCOTT PUTS ARSENAL BACK IN FRONT... AGAIN! Gibbs cuts through the defence down the left - it looks for a moment as if the chance will go begging, don't ask me how it goes through Podolski's legs - but Walcott holds his nerve to finish.
    • 72' Jinking counter-attacking run from Wilshere promises much but fizzles out as he reaches the final third.
    • 71' Demba Ba scored his second. It was his 8th ever Premier League double. He has scored two hat tricks – the last came at Stoke in October 2011. (Infostrada)
    • 70' Incredibly there are still 20 minutes left in this match. Still plenty of time for this match to take another twist or two. Giroud preparing to come on for Arsenal.
    • 69' GOAL! IT'S NEWCASTLE AGAIN! Marveaux outstanding! Outside of the boot for his cross after the run, picking out the man at the far post, finished by Ba. Amazing match.
    • 68' Tiote again looking to play Newcastle out of their own half. Marveaux embarks on a thrustring run.
    • 67' That was the 30th Premier Lea goal today – the most on a single day this season and most since the 32 goals scored on the final day of last season (May 13) when all 20 teams played. (Infostrada)
    • 66' Wilshere stands over a corner - he picks out Koscielny's run to the near post, but the defender cannot quite nod it on target. No, in fact on replay it looks like Santon got just enough of a glance on it to deflect out of harm's way.
    • 65' A humdinger at the Emriates now - what is it about Newcastle producing these thrillers during the Christmas period?
    • 64' ARSENAL LEAD AGAIN! PODOLSKI! It's made by Wilshere, who skims into the box and to the line, chipping a cross to the edge of the area - Podolski and Coloccini go for the ball, and it's Podolski who bundles it over. Game on!
    • 62' CLOSE! No telling which way this game is going to end up - Cazorla feeds Podolski and that very nearly leds to the third.
    • 61' Sylvain Marveaux scored his first Premier League goal for Newcastle. It was his first league goal in over two years, since netting for Rennes in October 2010. (Infostrada)
    • 60' That goal means that there have now been 1088 goals in the Premier League in 2012 - that's a new record.
    • 59' GOAL! NEWCASTLE LEVEL AGAIN! It's Obertan down the left with the cross, the ball takes a deflection straight to Marveaux at the far post, who only has to tap in.
    • 58' Arsenal continuing to probe, but Newcastle break quickly through Tiote...
    • 57' End-to-end stuff - Koscielny clears a Newcastle move, finds Walcott, who tries a hit from distance which was destined to miss by some way. All that stuff I said in the first half about his instinct? Sometimes he does things that makes you question that...
    • 56' Walcott tries to trick his way around Simpson - he is floored, and Newcastle break.
    • 55' The only other Premier League match he ever scored in was the 7-1 home victory over Blackburn when he netted twice. (Infostrada)
    • 54' Newcastle have come from behind once already - they are back in possession and probing as they attempt to do it again.
    • 53' The spotlight will fall on Simpson's throw - it was directionless, and only moments later the goal followed.
    • 52' That was Oxlade-Chamberlain's first Premier League goal of the campaign. It's been a quiet start to the season for him, but a terrific take.
    • 51' GOAL! OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN PUTS ARSENAL BACK IN FRONT! A terrible, sloppy throw from Simpson, and it breaks to Arsenal. Cazorla strokes it across goal, the Ox buries the finish low into the corner from just outside the area. Some finish.
    • 50' Podolski less than amused not to be awarded a throw near the byline. Simpson takes it, but doesn't get the ball very far.
    • 49' Krul lumps a goal kick forward as Newcastle look to get back to the sort of form they showed at the end of the first half.
    • 48' Ba scored his 35th PL goal since arriving in England. Only Robin van Persie (61) and Wayne Rooney (44) have more PL goals than him since the start of 2011. (Infostrada)
    • 47' GIBBS CLOSE! Wilshere and Podolski helped the ball across to Gibbs on the overlap - his shot is smothered. Has to go down as a good chance.
    • 46' The second half begins!
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    • 45+2' HALF TIME: Arsenal locked at 1-1 with Newcastle. Good fighting spirit from the Magpies after the sumptuous strike from Walcott.
    • 45+1' MARVEAUX CLOSE! Hit from distance, parried away by Szczesny. Arsenal did all the hard work, got in front, and have slowly given it away. Ba nods over from the resulting corner.
    • 45' Newcastle have worked hard since going down - and there's one extra minute to play before they reach half-time level.
    • 44' GOAL! BA LEVELS IT! It takes a vicious deflection off Wilshere and outfoxes Szczesny. Not Wilshere's brightest moment, ducking out of the way of the ball. Should he have just worn it? Should he even have been stood on his own like that in hte first place?
    • 42' Slightly more promising position here, though - Ba has a free kick from a shootable position left of centre. A couple of deep breaths here before he takes it...
    • 41' Santon and Obertan combine down the left, with minimal success.
    • 40' Walcott breaks quickly after a wretched corner from Marveaux - might have gone himself but instead picks out Podolski, and it goes awry.
    • 39' TIOTE! What a hit from the Ivorian - he scored a thunderous equaliser last season against Arsenal and he stung Szczesny's palms here from all of 30 yards.
    • 38' The Walcott as striker debate will rage for a while yet, but I'd say he's shown the temperament and instinct for the job when I've seen him play. What do you reckon?
    • 37' WALCOTT! CLOSE! He does well to skip through a challenge, but just can't get enough behind his finish from the left, allowing Krul to recover.
    • 35' Newcastle just starting to enjoy some possession here - 74% of it in the last five minutes. Not yet turned into chances, however.
    • 34' Obertan shimmies down the left-hand side, winning a throw off the legs of Bacary Sagna.
    • 33' Things very quiet at the Emirates. The crowd subdued despite the home side leading and playing pretty well.
    • 32' We're bringing you a video of Arsene Wenger's zip mishap as soon as we can, by the way. It was spectacular.
    • 31' Tiote shows strength to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain off the ball and clear, but it doesn't seem to matter what the Magpies do at the moment - the ball keeps coming back into their half.
    • 30' Newcastle have failed to win in all nine previous PL matches this season when conceding first, and have not come back to win a PL match in over two years – since a 2-1 victory at West Ham in October 2010. (Infostrada)
    • 29' Podolski now called into defensive action, and concedes a corner. Marveaux whips it towards the far post, again Szczesny makes the catch.
    • 28' Wilshere with the corner from the other side, whipping the ball in from the left - Krul fumbles the catch, but does well to recover in the nick of time.
    • 27' Good quick throw and before you know it the ball is with Podolski. He wins a corner, which Walcott elects to take.
    • 26' Tiote pumps another ball forward from deep - again, no dramas for Szczesny to grab and set Arsenal off once again.
    • 25' Marveaux and Tiote shepherd Newcastle out of their own half, but look short of options as soon as they get that far.
    • 24' The omens don't get any better for Newcastle - only once in Premier League history have Newcastle come from behind to win at Arsenal – their 3-1 victory at Highbury in December 2001. (Infostrada)
    • 23' Theo Walcott scored his fourth goal in his last six Premier League matches. It was his 12th in all competitions for the club this season – one short of equalling his most prolific season, when he netted 13 in 2010-11. (Infostrada)
    • 22' Arteta less than amused to be penalised for fouling Ba - but Arsenal trudge back into their positions.
    • 21' He'd been anonymous until then, but Walcott made no mistake with the run and finish. There was a suspicion of offside, but no question marks over the finish.
    • 20' WALCOTT SCORES! A goal just like Henry used to score here - drifting down the left and into space, then coming in on the angle and passing the ball into the far corner. Top finish.
    • 18' Oxlade-Chamberlain skins Santon and races for the byline, and though his cross is into a dangerous area they thump it clear.
    • 17' Ba tries a shot from 25 yards - blocked - as the ball is stood up again Ba is flagged offside - incorrectly, as replays show.
    • 16' Cameras pan to Wenger trying and failing and trying again and failing again to do his zip up. Come on Arsene, it's not that hard...
    • 15' Sharp turn and attempted through ball from Cazorla for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Just out of his range.
    • 14' Distinctly ordinary cross from Marveaux, which Szczesny grabs without being under any pressure at all.
    • 13' Silly free kick given away, with Simpson felled on the left. Marveaux trudges over to take it.
    • 12' Through ball narrowly evades Walcott. Not seen Arsenal's new striker in the game a great deal yet.
    • 11' Koscielny gives away a free kick just inside the Arsenal half. Coloccini hoofs it forward.
    • 10' Cazorla shows strength to shield the ball from Bigirimana and send Arsenal off on their way. But apart from that early break there's been no end product yet.
    • 9' Stat-watch - the most Premier League goals in a calendar year was 1087 last year. This year we are on 1084 and counting. Will we see the record broken today?
    • 8' Newcastle showed great spirit against Manchester United and came away with nothing - they'll be relieved to have beaten QPR when they were in action at home.
    • 7' Cameras pan to a bird sat just by the touchline. The cameramen not captivated by this one yet?
    • 6' Cazorla happy to drift in from the right, swapping positions with Oxlade-Chamberlain. So far the hosts have settled better.
    • 5' Pat Rice also in attendance today - Wenger's former assistant has been awarded an MBE in the honours list today. More
    • 4' Cazorla attempts to stand up a cross at the byline for his forwards - there's nobody there, and Krul snaffles the ball.
    • 3' Thierry Henry spotted in the crowd - he's been training with the Gunners during the winter break. Will he be making a third appearance as an Arsenal player in 2013?
    • 2' Sagna forced to clear as Newcastle push foward. Open start to the match.
    • 1' Great break from Arsenal - Wilshere starts the home side off, then slides a ball to Oxlade-Chamberlain who continues before firing a shot just wide of the far post.
    • 1' Away we go at the Emirates!
    • 17:29 Looks like Newcastle will start us off.
    • 17:27 Today's referee is Chris Foy.
    • 17:25 Arsenal had a rest on Boxing Day when their game was postponed, and are on a run of three straight wins. Surely this is only going one way? Tweet me @Mark_Eurosport if you think I've called this one wrong. FOLLOW HERE
    • 17:20 Here's a worrying one for Toon fans from Infostrada: Newcastle not won in all nine Premier League away matches this season – their longest run without an away win from the start of a top flight season in 41 years, since a 10-match streak from Aug to Nov 1971.
    • 17:15 Go on then, have some more stats: 'Mikel Arteta has made an average of 87 passes per game this season, more than any other player. Newcastle have played the highest proportion of long passes this season (17%), Arsenal the second lowest (8%).'
    • 17:10 Some Opta stats for you: 'Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1 D5 L4) - but the Gunners haven’t won back to back Premier League games at home since April.'
    • 17:05 But back to matters at hand. Arsenal find themselves with a chance to go fifth with a win today. Newcastle, meanwhile, will just be looking to put more space between themselves and the relgation zone after wins today for Wigan and Reading. Premier League scores and scorers
    • 17:00 Arsene Wenger's take on Fergie's massive Boxing Day strop against Newcastle: "Should you behave like that? No. I did not always behave like I should and you can call that a bad example, yes. The message it sends out when you look at the pictures is just not to behave like that. We go sometimes overboard on the touchline and when we do it we have to be punished, it is as simple as that. (If) it is me or Ferguson or anybody else in the world, the rules are the rules."
    • 16:55 Newcastle's week has been dominated by the frankly hilarious criticism of Alan Pardew by Alex Ferguson. "A wee club in the north-east" was surely the highlight, and one that will doubtless endear Fergie to the Toon Army.
    • 16:50 Welcome to live coverage of Arsenal v Newcastle from the Emirates Stadium, where the 'Theo Walcott number nine' experience appears set to continue. Newcastle, meanwhile, welcome back Cheick Tiote from suspension but are without the banned Mike Williamson. Gabriel Obertan starts after a decent cameo at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
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  • Summary

    • 90+5' ARSENAL HIT THE WOODWORK! Could have been a hat-trick for Giroud - should have been in fact, but he thumps the bar from close range.
    • 90+1' YES THERE IS! WALCOTT TREBLE! There were appeals for a penalty there as Walcott tries to dance through from the touchline - that's not given but it doesn't matter as Walcott simply gets up, carries on, and finishes with a delicate finish from an angle. Newcastle's defence shambolic.
    • 87' GIROUD AGAIN! TWO IN THREE MINUTES AND ARSENAL HAVE A SIXTH! The game is going to end with Arsenal winning by a huge margin, as Giroud played in by Walcott and slides a ball low beyond Krul.
    • 85' GOAL! ARSENAL STRETCH THEIR LEAD! Newcastle leaves gaps as they search for a winner - Ramsey whips a superb cross into Giroud, who nods in. Is this one finally settled?
    • 83' WALCOTT SO CLOSE! Teases his way left and right to fashion the space, then sees his shot deflect only just beyond the far post.
    • 73' GOAL! WALCOTT PUTS ARSENAL BACK IN FRONT... AGAIN! Gibbs cuts through the defence down the left - it looks for a moment as if the chance will go begging, don't ask me how it goes through Podolski's legs - but Walcott holds his nerve to finish.
    • 69' GOAL! IT'S NEWCASTLE AGAIN! Marveaux outstanding! Outside of the boot for his cross after the run, picking out the man at the far post, finished by Ba. Amazing match.
    • 64' ARSENAL LEAD AGAIN! PODOLSKI! It's made by Wilshere, who skims into the box and to the line, chipping a cross to the edge of the area - Podolski and Coloccini go for the ball, and it's Podolski who bundles it over. Game on!
    • 62' CLOSE! No telling which way this game is going to end up - Cazorla feeds Podolski and that very nearly leds to the third.
    • 59' GOAL! NEWCASTLE LEVEL AGAIN! It's Obertan down the left with the cross, the ball takes a deflection straight to Marveaux at the far post, who only has to tap in.
    • 51' GOAL! OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN PUTS ARSENAL BACK IN FRONT! A terrible, sloppy throw from Simpson, and it breaks to Arsenal. Cazorla strokes it across goal, the Ox buries the finish low into the corner from just outside the area. Some finish.
    • 47' GIBBS CLOSE! Wilshere and Podolski helped the ball across to Gibbs on the overlap - his shot is smothered. Has to go down as a good chance.
    • 45+1' MARVEAUX CLOSE! Hit from distance, parried away by Szczesny. Arsenal did all the hard work, got in front, and have slowly given it away. Ba nods over from the resulting corner.
    • 44' GOAL! BA LEVELS IT! It takes a vicious deflection off Wilshere and outfoxes Szczesny. Not Wilshere's brightest moment, ducking out of the way of the ball. Should he have just worn it? Should he even have been stood on his own like that in hte first place?
    • 39' TIOTE! What a hit from the Ivorian - he scored a thunderous equaliser last season against Arsenal and he stung Szczesny's palms here from all of 30 yards.
    • 37' WALCOTT! CLOSE! He does well to skip through a challenge, but just can't get enough behind his finish from the left, allowing Krul to recover.
    • 20' WALCOTT SCORES! A goal just like Henry used to score here - drifting down the left and into space, then coming in on the angle and passing the ball into the far corner. Top finish.
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