Premier League

March 12, 2012

Full-time

Arsenal

2 - 1

Newcastle United

Premier League

20:00 +00:00, March 12, 2012

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: Howard Webb

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    That's it for now then. Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle. See you next time.

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    No change for Newcastle. They remain in sixth place. But, Liverpool can make ground in midweek as they take on Everton.

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    Arsenal move to just one point behind Tottenham Hotspur. Massive win for the Gunners.

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    Arguments continue in the tunnel. Coaches try to get between the two Dutchmen.

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    Arsenal become the first team in Premier League history to win four games in a row after falling behind.

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    FULL TIME Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle

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    Walcott attacks the full-back once more. Perch does well this time.

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    Krul Fair. Equally idiotic.

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    Van Persie Deserved. Stupidity.

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    Bust-up on the pitch now. Van Persie and Tim Krul exchanging words. Stupid from the two players, particularly the Arsenal skipper.

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    GOAL Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle Vermaelen at the last!!! For the fourth game in a row, Arsenal have come from behind. A quick counter sees the ball fly across the goal, bouncing out to Vermaelen who tucks it home.

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    Newcastle have the ball deep in Arsenal's half. Running down the clock at every opportunity.

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    On Walcott's hand-ball appeals - Correct decision. No hand-ball.

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    Koscielny is a lucky man. Clatters Cabaye, but recieves only a warning from Howard Webb. Could easily have been a second-yellow.

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    Walcott wants a handball. His shot deflected off Coloccini and went just wide of the post.

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    All hands to the pump for Newcastle. Clearing the ball at every opportunity.

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    Five minutes added time...

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    Alex Song stands a ball up at the back-post and Vermaelen gets a powerful header away. Brilliant save from Krul to tip over the bar.

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    Walcott gets in behind the left-back Perch once more, but his cross is headed clear by Williamson.

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    What can Arsenal muster then?

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    Terrible corner from Ben Arfa. Cleared at the near-post.

  • 87'

    Well done Demba Ba. He buys his side time on the counter and wins a corner. Newcastle throw the big-men forward.

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    Ramsey gets a shot away from 20 yards, but deflected for a corner. All Arsenal now.

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    Newcastle looking very tired here. They will do well to hang-on until full-time

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    Gutierrez for a cynical foul on the touch-line.

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    Free-kick comes flying across the six-yard box and finds Gervinho. Terrible effort, miscued from five yards out and well wide with his left-foot.

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    Arsenal throwing people forward now. Vermaelen is getting into the box at every opportunity.

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    Guthrie on for Tiote who hobbles off holding his hamstring

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    Walcott has had a fine night down the right-side and leaves Perch for dead with a great trick. His cross doesn't quite reach Van Persie though.

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    Danny Simpson caught-out at right-back, playing the ball short to Gibbs. The full-back quickly plays in Van Persie who flails a shot wide right-footed. Should score there.

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    Koscielny for a clumsy tackle on Demba Ba who was running powerfully at the defense.

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    Ramsey replaces Rosicky

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    All getting a bit scrappy now. Arteta and Ameobi clash after the latter had shrugged-off Vermaelen. This will suit Newcastle.

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    Tiote sends in a delightful cross from deep aimed at Demba Ba, but Szczesny is quickly off his line to pluck the ball out the air.

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    Demba Ba and Mikel Arteta down now after another midfield collision. Sure they will be ok in no time.

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    Arteta lofts a ball across the goal to the back-post, but only a fine defensive-header from Perch clears the danger.

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    Ameobi tries to flick on a long-ball and run around Vermaelen, but the Belgian is more than up to the task of dealing with the Newcastle striker.

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    Van Persie almost gets in behind again, but cannot pull down the lofted through-ball this time. Unlucky.

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    Gervinho for Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    That really was an awful miss. Newcastle angered by Arsenal's lack of fair-play.

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    O dear! With Tiote injured in midfield, Arsenal break with Walcott. He does brilliantly and gives Rosicky a golden chance from 10 yards on his left foot, but it is a total mishit that goes for a throw-in.

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    Newcastle struggling to get any possession at the moment. Ameobi will be charged with holding-up the ball better than they have.

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    Vermaelen goes on one of his canters forward. Needs to be careful he doesn't leave the defense exposed.

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    Tiote. Surprise, surprise! Cheik Tiote booked for a trip in midfield.

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    Arsenal getting incensed at time-wasting by Tim Krul. Doesn't seem to be doing much wrong though.

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    Disappointing night for Obertan. He has been pretty awful.

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    Ameobi for Obertan

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    Shola Ameobi being prepared to come on...

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain cuts in from the right-flank and beats Simpson this time, but his shot flies well wide of the upright.

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    Rosicky does excellently. Turns his marker and plays a brilliant through-ball to Van Persie who fires straight at Kril from a tight-angle.

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    Arsenal still looking to release Walcott at every opportunity. Long-ball from Rosicky over-hit this time.

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    Within seconds the ball comes to Van Persie again in the box. Well saved by Krul.

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    Walcott clips a lovely ball into the box. Half-cleared, and Arteta spanks the ball goal-bound. Well-blocked by Tiote.

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    Interesting battle developing between those two. Perch closing Walcott quickly at every opportunity.

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    Free-kick to Arsenal. James Perch blocks Walcott's run 35 yards out.

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    Van Persie looks to get in behind the defence once more. Offside given this time.

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain fires an excellent twisting volley over the bar from 20 yards. Brilliant effort.

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    Robin van Persie equalised for Arsenal less than a minute after Newcastle had taken the lead

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    Walcott given time and space to cross once more. Rosicky steals in at the near-post and tests Krul with a fine header.

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    Clash of heads between Ba and Koscielny. Both players should be fine to continue though.

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    At the other end, Alex Song tries to play in Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the youngster can't bring the ball down.

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    Straight-away Newcastle have a great opportunity on the counter-attack, but Gabriel Obertan wastes the move with a poor pass.

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    Perch for Santon in the Newcastle left-back position

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    SECOND-HALF underway as Arsenal kick-off

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    Rennes boss prepared for M'Vila exit - A long-time target for many clubs, including Arsenal

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    Right, time for the second-period. You get the feeling there is plenty of goals to come in this game.

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    Newcastle struggling down the left-side. Gutierrez not protecting his full-back well enough and Sagna is capitalising, overlapping to give Walcott space.

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    The time between the two goals was recorded at 40 seconds. Incredible. Newcastle will be devastated about that.

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    Arsenal have amassed 61% of the possession this first-half. Six shots to Newcastle's three.

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    STAT This is the first time this season that Robin Van Persie has netted in three consecutive league games. 26 goals in 28 league games for the Dutchman

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    HALF TIME Arsenal 1-1 Newcastle

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    Newcastle struggling to mount attacks for the last few minutes. Another long-ball flies past Demba Ba for a goal-kick.

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    Two minutes of added time...

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    Newcastle straight-away look to counter, but a Rosicky tackle overts the danger.

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    The corner falls in the Newcastle area and Walcott has a great chance to score. A tame effort is easily cleared by Tiote in the 6-yard box.

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain runs at Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson. Plays the ball off the defender for a corner.

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    Corner is easily cleared at the front-post.

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    Newcastle fling a free-kick into the area and after a brief spell of head-tennis the ball falls to Gutierrez who pulls his shot wide. Corner anyway.

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    Gutierrez crosses from the left, looking for Demba Ba, but the cross is poor and Szczesny claims.

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    Back underway again. Koscielny will be ok, after kicking the bottom of Demba Ba's boot.

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    Koscielny down as Newcastle counter. Sportingly they put the ball out of play despite the good position.

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    Cabaye takes an ambitious effort from 30 yards, but the ball is never on target and skips well wide of the post.

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    Ben Arfa runs at Koscielny with menace down the Newcastle left. Cleared for a throw-in.

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    Van Persie tries to link-up with Walcott at the edge of the area, but his clever back-heel is just over-hit.

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    Free-kick chance from the right-flank. Santon trips Walcott. Chance for the defenders to come forward for Arsenal.

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    Arsenal have done really well since the goals. THey have some sort of authority on proceedings now. This right-flank is a constant source of 2v1 opportunities.

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    Now Newcastle attack down their left. But Sagna is more than a match for Santon, pinching the ball with ease.

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    Arsenal on the attack, but Rosicky gives the ball away. Newcastle on the counter.

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    Arsenal having great fun down this right-flank. Sagna once more has space to swing in a fine cross. Cleared by Williamson.

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    Once more Walcott looks to get behind Santon and looks to have succeeded, but the offside flag is raised.

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    Walcott turns two defenders on the right touch-line and supplies Bacary Sagna to cross. A lovely-ball is hit into the back-post area, but there is no-one on hand to finish.

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    Hit powerfully around the wall by the Dutchman but straight at Tim Krul.

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    Coloccini fouls Oxlade-Chamberlain yards from the penalty-box. Great chance for a left-footer, such as Van Persie.

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    Kieran Gibbs attacks down the left-flank, but this time overhits the ball and the attack fizzles out.

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    Arsenal trying to slow the game down now and play it on their pace. Need the midfield to step up and take authority of the game.

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    Frenetic pace to this encounter. End-to-end attacks with both sides allowing the attacking players space.

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    Walcott finds Van Persie in acres of space 20 yards out and the Dutchman fires his shot over the bar.

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    What a couple of minutes. Alan Pardew will be fuming that they conceded the advantage so quickly.

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    GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Newcastle Van Persie equalises!!! Newcastle fall asleep and allow Van Persie to turn in the area and he finds the bottom corner coolly.

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    GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle United Ben Arfa strikes!!! Obertan plays in Ben Arfa down the right channel, Kieran Gibbs allows him to turn onto his favoured left-foot and spank home at the near-post.

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    The cross from the corner is good and finds Walcott at the back-post. Tame effort.

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    Corner to Arsenal. Walcott attacks down the right and Coloccini does well to turn the ball behind.

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    Newcastle attack once more and it appears to open up for Demba Ba, but he turns back into trouble and the attack is over.

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    Walcott looks to attack down the right, but Davide Santon does brilliantly to out-muscle his opponent.

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    Good spell of possession for Newcastle here.

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    Song is back on his feet and in the action. Tiote has been a busy man early on, getting on the ball in the midfield.

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    Alex Song is caught late in midfield by Tiote. Looks in some pain.

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    Almost calamity in the Newcastle area. Williamson shepherds the ball for Krul to pick-up, but Van Persie nicks the ball away. Fortunately for Newcastle, Coloccini is there to clear.

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    Coloccini takes a risk in his own penalty area, but manages to clear the ball and win the throw-in.

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    Walcott breaks onto a Sagna header down the right-hand side and sends a sumptuous ball across the face of goal. Van Persie should score, but manages to avoid making contact at the far-post.

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    Coloccini attempts to rescue the overhit corner, but it sails out for a throw-in on the far-side.

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    With a minute not yet on the clock, Demba Ba wins a corner as his shot is deflected behind.

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    KICK OFF taken by Newcastle.

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    Remember last season's 4-4 at St James' Park? Can we get a repeat at the Emirates tonight? Fingers crossed.

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    Moments from kick-off. The teams are on the pitch. Lets get ready to rumble!

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    Just under ten minutes until kick-off now at the Emirates. Big night for both sides' respective European hopes.

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    STATS The last three times Arsenal have played Newcastle they have ended the encounter with 10 men.

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    STATS Newcastle have conceded at least 3 goals in 4 of their last 6 away matches in Premier League.

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    STATS Arsenal are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 matches against Newcastle in all competitions.

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    STATS With Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal concede an average of 0.94 goals per game. Without Vermaelen The Gunners concede 2.33 goals on average.

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    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Obertan, Ba.

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    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Song, Rosicky, Arteta, Walcott, van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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    TEAM NEWS Mikel Arteta returns for Arsenal, with Gervinho missing out. Newcastle remove Papiss Cisse from the first eleven, with Gabriel Obertan and Hatem Ben Arfa supporting Demba Ba.

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    Newcastle and Arsenal shared a 0-0 draw on the opening day of the season. Gervinho was sent off on his debut after a clash with Joey Barton.

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    Arsenal have been boosted by the news that midfielder Tomas Rosicky has signed a new contract, after scoring twice in the last three games against Spurs and Milan.

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    Join Chris Atkins from 2000 GMT for live text commentary of Arsenal v Newcastle as the Gunners look to close the gap on third-placed Tottenham.