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Emirates Stadium, England

Attendance: 60127

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  • Emmanuel Adebayor 40'
  • Mathieu Flamini 72'
  • Cesc Fábregas 80'

3 - 0


Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Gunners hit Toon again

In-form striker Emmanuel Adebayor continued his fine goalscoring run as he set Arsenal on their way to a 3-0 win over Newcastle, which sent the Gunners back to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

The Togo international, whose best efforts could not lead his country to the African Nations Cup, crashed in a flying header five minutes before the break to make it nine goals in his last seven appearances - scoring in each and netting the opener in three successive league matches.

A superb 25-yard strike by Mathieu Flamini midway through the second half and another from Cesc Fabregas made sure of an 11th home win for Arsene Wenger's men, who leapfrog over Manchester United, for 24 hours at least.

  • Wenger hails his 'dream' striker
  • It was a positive start by the hosts, going into the match unbeaten in seven Premier League outings.

    On seven minutes, full-back Gael Clichy burst forwards and almost collected a quick exchange pass from Fabregas, but saw his run halted on the edge of the penalty area by Steven Taylor.

    Newcastle - with new executive director Dennis Wise watching from the confines of the Emirates Stadium - were well beaten, also 3-0, here on Saturday to end their FA Cup dreams, but Kevin Keegan's men again looked to have plenty of ambition going forwards, particularly down the flanks, if without any end product.

    Arsenal pressed again on 17 minutes, with Alexander Hleb's cross from the right picking out Diaby on the penalty spot, but a flying challenge from Nicky Butt was enough to put the midfielder off his header - and see him get clattered into the bargain.

    Adebayor almost capitalised on a rash pass from Taylor inside his own penalty area, which goalkeeper Shay Given coolly back-heeled behind as the Togo frontman, with 18 goals already, closed in.

    Steve Carr then made a timely block in the six-yard box to clear Bacary Sagna's low cross from the right as Eduardo arrived at the far post.

    A lovely interchange between Hleb and Flamini put the Frenchman into the right side of the penalty area.

    His chip across goal found Adebayor - but the Togo striker got under the ball and lashed a fierce volley over the crossbar.

    However, on 40 minutes, the big African got it right to head Arsenal into the lead.

    Flamini was again the provider, this time riding a challenge from Butt and bursting into space before delivering a perfectly-weighted cross towards the far post, where Adebayor made no mistake.

    Flamini was then called into action at the other end when he cut out Milner's pass at the near post.

    Newcastle were not about to lie down and continued to take the game to their hosts, making use of all available space on the flanks.

    At the other end, Diaby made space for a shot from the edge of the area, but his effort flew harmlessly wide.

    After 56 minutes, Newcastle introduced Joey Barton, as David Rozehnal made way.

    Arsenal continued to press as they looked to make sure of a return to the Premier League summit, with current leaders United set to host Portsmouth tomorrow night.

    On 67 minutes, Given was called into action again when he got down quickly to dive on Flamini's low 20-yard strike, which looked to be sneaking into the bottom right corner.

    Eduardo was replaced for the final 20 minutes by Nicklas Bendtner - paring the young Dane in attack alongside Adebayor since their bust-up in the Carling Cup semi-final defeat at Tottenham.

    Moments later, and it was 2-0.

    Diaby collected the ball by the right touchline, and fed Fabregas. He in turn played it back to Flamini. The midfielder set himself before unleashing a superb strike into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards.

    Any hopes Newcastle had of getting back into the match ended when Fabregas made it 3-0 with 10 minutes left from Bendtner's centre.

    Adebayor was given a deserved rest when Walcott came on for the closing stages.

    By then, though, the hard work had already been done as the Gunners showed little sign of letting up in their title challenge.

    Newcastle, however, almost snatched late consolation goal when Butt's free-kick skipped up off the wall and onto the crossbar.

  • Wenger hails his 'dream' striker
  • Arsene Wenger praised 'dream striker' Emmanuel Adebayor after the Togo

    frontman continued his great form to set Arsenal on their way to a 3-0 win over

    Newcastle and back to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

    Wenger believes Adebayor has come a long way in a short time since arriving

    from Monaco in January 2006.

    'He has many assets for a striker - he is mobile, he is tall and has quick

    feet,' said the Arsenal boss.

    'He can score with his feet, in the air, on crosses with headers. He is a

    generous type of player, he works for the team.

    'He is striker who you dream to have.'

    Wenger was pleased with the efforts of his side, who have shown few ill

    effects from the Carling Cup semi-final defeat at Tottenham last week.

    He said: 'Maybe both sides were a little bit less sharp physically than the

    first game on Saturday, but overall we controlled the game.

    'We knew when to hold the ball and to accelerate.

    'We could have scored more, but Newcastle worked very hard and it was

    important for us not to make a defensive mistake.'

    Wenger added: 'For us, it is good to win tonight and see what they

    (Manchester United) will do tomorrow,' he said.

    'It is too far to go to just concede at every single result.

    'What's important for us is to be level with United and Chelsea going into

    April, so we need to be consistent and win our games.'

    Wenger added: 'They can dig in and I feel we are much more mature than last


    'We can be patient, move the ball and keep our concentration, not making a

    mistake. Last year, we were not capable of doing that.'

    Wenger also revealed midfielder Abou Diaby had signed a new deal which will

    keep him at Arsenal until 2012.

    Flamini is, though, out of contract in the summer, and talks are ongoing with

    the rejuvenated midfielder.

    'We have a few players who have improved, and he is one of them,' said


    'His work-rate is tremendous, his composure, timing of the runs and final

    ball is great. That was not the case before.

    'On top of that, he scored a great goal tonight.'

    The Arsenal manager feels positive over contract negotiations.

    He said: 'We are talking. I am hoping to finalise it.

    'He wants to stay, and I want him to stay, so we will find an agreement.

    'I am not especially concerned, because I believe what he tells me.'

    For Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, though, there remains plenty of hard work


    A second defeat at Emirates Stadium in the space of four days was hard to take

    - but Keegan refused to blame off-field issues following the announcement former

    Leeds boss Dennis Wise was joining the club as executive director.

    'I don't think the lads are affected,' Keegan insisted.

    'I spoke with Dennis today and he wished us all the best. I had a chat with

    him and I knew that he was in the frame for the job. That was in place before I

    joined the club and it would have happened regardless.

    'It's been very open in that sense. I know what Dennis is going to do and the

    idea in principle is good: to look for new players, to bring youngsters through

    and do things which our academy isn't doing so much at the moment.'

    Keegan added: 'I'm all for the changes and I approve of them. They want

    someone on the board who understands football and Dennis knows very well. I

    think it will work very well. He reports to me: the chain is established.

    'My concentration is on the first team and getting the club right. The club

    has become slightly fragmented. From my point of view, it's a positive thing,

    provided I get all the help I need.'

    On tonight's defeat, which leave the Magpies looking over their shoulders,

    Keegan said: 'If we got points for being genuine, we would have got something -

    we gave it everything but just didn't have enough quality at times.

    'Arsenal have the confidence that we lack at the moment, but there were

    things to take from the game.

    'We will create more in time with the players we have but it's not happening

    at the moment.

    'Some of these players aren't used to getting beaten. We have guys who are

    used to winning things and they need picking up. We have to get a win from

    somewhere and hopefully it will be against Middlesbrough on Sunday.'

    Scoring Summary

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    • Newcastle United

    Match Stats

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    • Newcastle United
    10(4) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
    11 Fouls 15
    4 Corner kicks 2
    1 Offsides 8
    64% Time of Possession 36%
    1 Yellow Cards 3
    0 Red Cards 0
    1 Saves 1


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    • Newcastle United
    Yellow Cards