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13 December 2014
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 59949
O. Giroud 15', 58'
Cazorla 54', 88'
Ayoze Pérez 63'
My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of action to you this evening. Until next time, goodbye!
As for Newcastle, their second defeat in their last four league games leaves them in seventh place in the table, although they could drop as low as ninth depending on tomorrow's results. They go on to face Sunderland next weekend in what is sure to be a fierce and exciting clash.
Arsenal record a badly needed win that not only takes some of the pressure off Arsene Wenger but also moves them equal on points with fifth-place Southampton ahead of next weekend's clash against Liverpool. Despite Newcastle's best efforts, they fully deserve the win after a fantastic performance all-round, particularly from Sanchez, Giroud and Cazorla, who caused the Newcastle back four plenty of problems from start to finish.
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 4-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED
90' + 3'
Newcastle are still pushing for a late goal, but they're unable to find a way past Arsenal, who are camped inside their own half of the pitch as we enter the final minute of the game.
90' + 1'
Arsenal have made their final substitution of the game, with Oxlade-Chamberlain making way for 17-year-old debutant Maitland-Niles.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
Penalty GoalSanti Cazorla
GOAL! Cazorla sends a cheeky Panenka that catches Alnwick by surprise and restores Arsenal's well-deserved three-goal lead.
PENALTY! Welbeck is brought down clumsily from behind by Dummett, resulting in a chance for Arsenal to make it 4-1.
And now Arsenal have made another change, with Coquelin coming on to replace Sanchez.
The resulting set-piece is cleared well by the Arsenal defence but falls at the feet of Tiote. He immediately unleashes a rocket of a shot from 30 yards out but it flies well over the top of the crossbar.
Good play by Newcastle on the left wing allows Dummett to get a cross away, but it's deflected off Bellerin and out for a corner.
Armstrong picks up the ball on the left flank before darting towards the byline, but his run is slightly overzealous and he ends up sending the ball out of play for a goal kick.
Newcastle have made their final substitution of the game, with Armstrong coming on to take the place of Perez.
Yellow CardDaryl Janmaat
Janmaat dives into Cazorla on the left wing, resulting in a yellow card that means the Dutchman will be suspended for Newcastle's next game.
It's all Arsenal at the moment but they seem content to hold onto the ball in the middle of the pitch as they look to hold on to their lead.
Newcastle lose possession in the middle of the pitch, allowing Sanchez and Welbeck to break away quickly. The Chilean burts forward before teeing up his teammate on the edge of the penalty area, but he stays too near to Coloccini and the centre-back is able to dispossess him with a great last-ditch tackle.
Bellerin darts down the right wing before whipping a quick cross towards the back post, but it's slightly too deep and Sanchez is unable to keep the ball in play.
Newcastle are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment but they are finding it incredibly difficult to find a way past the hosts, who have the vast majority of their outfield players back inside their own half of the pitch as they look to hold on to their two-goal lead.
Giroud receives a standing ovation from the Arsenal fans as he makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Podolski.
Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain link up well on the byline before the latter tries to dart into the left hand side of the Newcastle penalty area, but his run is brought to an end by a good interception from Williamson.
Chance after chance for Arsenal! Coloccini tries to be too clever with the ball, allowing Welbeck to steal it from under his nose on the byline. First Sanchez shoots, then Cazorla, then Oxlade-Chamberlain, before, finally, Gibbs sends a low half-volley into the side-neeting. What a let off for Newcastle!
Sanchez muscles his way past two Newcastle midfielders before playing a lovely one-two with Giroud, but he ends up tripping Dummett from behind, resulting in a free kick for Newcastle deep inside their own penalty area.
Nervy moments at the back for Newcastle! Tiote is beaten easily by Sanchez before the Chilean cuts into the penalty area and fires a low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box, but Janmaat is there to clear the danger with a good sliding interception.
Welbeck, Giroud and Cazorla link up wonderfully well on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area before the Spaniard unleashes a fierce shot from the left hand corner of the box, but his effort ends up crashing into the side-netting.
GOAL! Newcastle have pulled one back! Colback whips the free kick into the middle of the box where it finds Perez, who is easily able to peel away from his marker before sending the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net with a deft header. Game on!
Colback is fouled by Giroud, resulting in a free kick for Newcastle 10 yards away from the left hand corner of the penalty area.
The corner is curled in by Sanchez towards the near post but it fails to beat the first man, who is comfortably able to clear the danger with a strong header.
The Chilean regains possession for Arsenal before being brought to the ground by the byline on the left flank, resulting in yet another free kick for the hosts. He whips it into the heart of the penalty area where Alnwick is just about able to get a hand on it to send the ball out for a corner.
Sanchez fires the resulting set-piece towards goal, but it fails to beat the wall of black and white shirts in front of him.
Yellow CardCheikh Tiote
Oxlade-Chamberlain is cynically brought to the ground by Tiote, resulting in a yellow card for the Ivorian and a free kick for Arsenal on the edge of the penalty area.
GOAL! It's 3-0! Arsenal are cruising! The hosts break away quickly and Bellerin then sends a brilliant low cross into the heart of the penalty area where Giroud, who is completely unmarked, is easily able to side-foot the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.
Yellow CardAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Cabella is almost immediately tripped over by a poor challenge from Oxlade-Chamberlain, resulting in a yellow card for the Arsenal midfielder.
Newcastle have decided to make a double substitution as a result of going behind. The first player to come on is Riviere, who takes the place of Cisse.
And the second is Cabella, who replaces Ameobi.
GOAL! The birthday boy Cazorla doubles Arsenal's lead with a brilliant chip! Sanchez links up wonderfully well with the Spaniard before the latter lifts the ball over the top of Alnwick and into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box to make it 2-0.
Sloppy play at the back by Newcastle almost results in two chances on goal for Arsenal, but both times they are unable to make the mistakes count.
Giroud and Welbeck link up well just outside of the Newcastle penalty area, before the latter then flicks the ball back to Cazorla. The Spaniard tries to send it back to the Frenchman, who is on his way into the box, but the pass is poor and is intercepted easily by Williamson.
Perez loses possession midway inside the Arsenal half of the pitch, allowing the hosts to break away on a quick counter attack. Sanchez sprints through the middle of the field but is then brought down by a cynical shirt tug from Colback.
A bright start by Newcastle allows Ameobi to break away down the left flank before sending a dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty area, but it's only able to find Szczesny, who collects the ball comfortably.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been a very good opening 45 minutes for Arsenal, despite the fact that Newcastle have slowly but surely got themselves back into the game after an encouraging display in the final 15 minutes of the half. Sanchez has been superb, linking up well with Giroud on several occasions, which was evident when the hosts took a well-deserved lead after just 15 minutes, but, to the visitors' credit, they have fought back extremely well, and Alan Pardew will be confident about their chances of finding that all-important equalising goal if they are able to start the second period in a similar fashion to the way that they finished the first.
HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 NEWCASTLE UNITED
The fourth official has indicated that there will be one minute of added time.
Wonderful play by Sanchez! He picks up the ball on the right flank before chipping a brilliant cross towards Giroud, whose headed effort takes a slight deflection that sends it over the top of the crossbar.
Ameobi regains possession midway inside the Arsenal half of the pitch before attempting to send a through-ball into the path of Cisse, but the pass is slightly too heavy and the Senegalese striker is unable to make contact with it.
Sanchez cuts the resulting set-piece back to Cazorla, who then unleashes a rocket of a shot from just outside of the penalty area that is deflected out for a corner, which the visitors then deal with well.
Arsenal break away quickly through Sanchez, but the Chilean's darting run towards the Newcastle penalty area is brought to an end by Dummett, who brings the forward down with a last-ditch challenge from behind, which results in a free kick for the hosts.
The resulting set-piece is fired in well by Colback but Arsenal deal with the danger well, denying Perez the opportunity to get a shot away from the right hand side of the box.
Yellow CardHéctor Bellerín
Bellerin dives into Dummett and trips the left-back over with a poorly-timed challenge, resulting in a yellow card for the Spanish youngster and a free kick for Newcastle on the left flank.
Great save by Szczesny! A brilliant cross is whipped in by Colback that fiinds Gouffran, who forces the goalkeeper into a great diving stop. The ball then falls to Cisse, who unleashes a half-volley from a few yards out, but again the Arsenal shot-stopper denies Newcastle the opportunity to equalise with another great piece of goalkeeping.
What a chance for Welbeck! Arsenal pass the ball around patiently before Sanchez scoops a lovely pass into the path of the Englishman, who then unleashes a fantastic scissor-kick from the edge of the Newcastle box that bounces just wide of the far post.
Colback whips a brilliant diagonal pass over the top of Mertesacker and into the feet of Cisse, but the Senegalese striker ends up miscontrolling the ball and sending it into the hands of Szczesny.
Wonderful play by Bellerin! The youngster sprints through the centre of the Newcastle midfield, beating two Newcastle players before being dispossessed by Janmaat just as he's about to shoot. The Dutchman's tackle results in a free kick for Arsenal, which the visitors deal with well.
The resulting set-piece is curled into the heart of the Arsenal penalty area, but Ameobi is unable to get any sort of decent contact on the ball and his effort bounces out for a goal kick.
Perez wins the ball for Newcastle midway inside the Arsenal half of the pitch before sending it out to Ameobi, who twists and turns around Bellerin before firing a low cross off the Spaniard and out for a corner.
Great play by Arsenal! Bellerin sends a lovely bouncing cross into the heart of the penalty area where it almost meets Welbeck in front of goal, but Colback is just about able to get a foot in to send the ball away from the striker and out for a corner.
Sanchez picks up the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area before cutting it back to Giroud, who is then sent crashing to the ground by what looks like a poor challenge from behind by Tiote, but, despite the Frenchman's pleas, the referee waves play on.
Oxlade-Chamberlain skips past two Newcastle midfielders before unleashing a fierce, Ramsey-esque shot from 35 yards out but, unlike Ramsey's effort during the week, it ends up flying well wide of the goal.
Giroud and Welbeck link up well in the middle of the pitch, with the two playing a wonderful one-two between one another, but the latter's final pass is slightly overhit and ends up in the hands of Alnwick.
Arsenal score again, but it's ruled out! Welbeck darts into the box and seemingly brings Janmaat to the ground before chipping the ball past Alnwick and into the back of the net, resulting in the goal being ruled out and Newcastle being awarded a free kick inside their own penalty area.
GOAL! Arsenal take a well-deserved lead! Coloccini loses possession in the middle of the pitch, allowing the hosts to break away quickly. Giroud sends the ball out to Sanchez on the right flank, who steadies himself before whipping a lovely cross into the penalty area where it finds the Frenchman, and he has no trouble whatsoever beating Alnwick with a brilliant header.
The hosts break away on a swift counter attack though Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he ends up scuffing his attempted pass to Giroud, who was completely unmarked on the edge of the Newcastle box, bringing the move to a disappointing end.
Arsenal knock the ball around patiently on the edge of the penalty area before Sanchez tries to twist and turn towards goal, but his run is stopped by a good interception from Coloccini.
Welbeck lifts a lofted pass over the top of the Newcastle defence and into the path of Sanchez, but it's slightly overhit and ends up bouncing into the grateful hands of Alnwick.
Mertesacker hits the crossbar! The resulting set-piece is whipped towards the edge of the six-yard box where it finds the defender, and his backwards header beats Alnwick before crashing off the underside of the crossbar.
Giroud and Williamson battle for the ball near the byline, resulting in the first corner of the game for Arsenal.
Tiote and Sanchez clash going for the ball, resulting in the Arsenal forward receiving a boot in the stomach, but, despite the rash nature of the Newcastle midfielder's challenge, the referee decides not to show him a yellow card.
Again, Sanchez does well down the right flank before attempting to play a quick one-two with Giroud, but the Frenchman's pass is poor and is cut out comfortably by Williamson.
Oxlade-Chamberlain tees up Sanchez on the right hand side of the penalty area before the Chilean chips a lovely ball into the path of the on-rushing Bellerin, but Gouffran is there to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick.
Colback loses possession straight away, allowing Arsenal to break away on a quick counter attack, but the former Sunderland man is just about able to get back in time to cut out Welbeck's attempted low cross.
And we're off! Arsenal get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has made four changes to the side that won 2-1 against Chelsea in their last Premier League outing, with Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella and Moussa Sissoko making way for Jak Alnwick, Mike Williamson, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse.
Arsene Wenger has made made three changes to the Arsenal side that started the 3-2 defeat against Stoke last weekend, with Wojciech Szczesny, Mathieu Debuchy and Danny Welbeck all returning to the starting line-up to replace Damian Martinez, Callum Chambers and Aaron Ramsey, respectively.
Newcastle United substitutes: Woodman, Haidara, Anita, Vuckic, Armstrong, Riviere, Cabella.
Newcastle United XI (4-2-3-1): Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi; Cisse.
Arsenal substitutes: Martinez, Ajayi, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles, Campbell, Sanogo, Podolski.
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Bellerin, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini; Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck; Giroud.
There's just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let's have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening...
In stark contrast to Arsenal, last weekend proved to be a magical experience for Newcastle, as they became the first side to win against Chelsea in a competitive game since Atletico Madrid in April when they beat the league leaders 2-1 in a brilliant game at St. James' Park. The win, their third in their last five Premier League games, will no doubt have filled them with confidence ahead of today's game against an Arsenal side that have shown signs of weakness this season, and a victory here at the Emirates will see them leapfrog the North London side and climb up to sixth place in the table ahead of next Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.
After picking up back-to-back wins against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, Arsenal suffered another set-back last weekend when they were beaten 3-2 by Stoke City, with all three of the Potters' goals coming in a first half to forget for Arsene Wenger's men. As a result, they head into this afternoon's game with three defeats from their last five league games, leaving them in sixth place in the table and with an impressive Newcastle side breathing down their necks.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from the Emirates Stadium.
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