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League Cup

  • October 27, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 33157

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    FULL-TIME. NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-4 ARSENAL. Terrific result for Arsenal in the end. The Gunners dominated an exciting opening stages to the match before Krul’s bizarre own goal gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead. Bendtner then played a part in a controversial Walcott goal which doubled the visitors’ lead before Bendtner made it 3-0 with a superb strike. Walcott made sure of the win late on after racing through on goal to coolly slot past Krul. Thanks for joining tonight, and be sure to stick around for all the post-match reaction.
  • 90' + 2'
    Fabregas receives the ball in midfielder and looks to turn to keep the ball for his side. Barton then challenges unfairly with a silly shoulder barge on the Arsenal skipper, which results in him receiving his third booking of the season. Newcastle quickly create a chance as Carroll is played through on goal but, from just inside the area, can only see his left-footed strike well palmed away by Szczesny.
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Joey Barton
  • 90'
    Three minutes of added on time at St James’ Park…
  • 88'
    Goal Theo Walcott
  • 88'
    GOAL!! WALCOTT GRABS HIS SECOND!! The flying winger races forward to meet a long through-ball that’s played in between the heart of the Newcastle defence from deep. Kadar has no chance of catching the England star, who manages to keep his composure as he sprints into the area before slotting the ball right-footed into the bottom left-hand corner.
  • 86'
    TAYLOR TESTS SZCZESNY WITH A FREE-KICK! The full-back curls the ball right-footed over the wall and forces the Arsenal stopper into parrying the ball out in front of him with players arriving in the area. Fortunately for the Pole, most of them players are red shirts and Eboue just about hacks the ball clear.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionNicklas Bendtner Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 84'
    That was Bendtner’s last act in this game. The Dane trots off the field, surely happy with his contribution today - setting up the Krul own goal, controversially having a hand in Walcott’s goal and grabbing the third - and is replaced by Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 83'
    Goal Nicklas Bendtner
  • 82'
    GOAL!! BENDTNER MAKES IT TWO IN TWO GAMES! Fabregas wins the ball in midfielder and space opens up for the Gunners. The skipper lays the ball off to his left to Bendtner on the left side of the area and the Dane, who is slowly closed down by Williamson, checks inside on to his right foot before curling a superb effort into the far corner. It’s all over now!
  • 80'
    Guthrie spreads the play and picks out the advancing Ryan Taylor on the halfway line. The full-back looks to find a way past Eboue but is stopped in his tracks and loses possession. But Newcastle soon win the ball back and Gutierrez receives a pass from Carroll on the left side of the Arsenal area before having his left-footed ruling cross headed away by Djourou.
  • 78'
    Fabregas keeps the ball in play down the left and slides a neat pass through to Rosicky on the left side of the Newcastle box. Perch cuts across from centre-back, however, and puts in a good block to clear the ball out of play.
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Bacary Sagna
  • 76'
    Yellow card for Sagna. The Frenchman dwells on the ball and loses possession to Gutierrez on the Newcastle left. He then races back to try and win the ball back from the Argentina international, but brings him down with a poorly-timed challenge, prompting the referee to quite rightly hand out a booking.
  • 74'
    Walcott lays the ball off to his left to Bendtner 35 yards out before continuing his run forward past the Newcastle defence. He beats the offside trap and latches onto Bendtner’s return pass but is clipped by James Perch as he looks set to strike at goal. The referee doesn’t give a penalty and there are no complaints from Walcott, although he did look to have been prevented a goalscoring opportunity.
  • 72'
    A change for either side now. Joey Barton comes on in the place of the booked Alan Smith, while Cesc Fabregas is introduced into the game, with Carlos Vela slowly leaving the field, much to the annoyance of the home faithful, who promptly boo him.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionAlan Smith Joey Barton
  • 70'
    SubstitutionCarlos Vela Cesc Fàbregas
  • 70'
    Koscielny heads clear after a ball in from the right but he can only find Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor. The full-back cuts inside past Denilson and looks to beat Szczesny at his near post with a low left-footed strike, but it’s comfortable for the goalkeeper to deal with.
  • 68'
    Koscielny plays the ball back to Szczesny in the Arsenal goal as the Gunner look to keep possession. The confident pole then coolly drives the ball back across to the defender despite being under pressure from Carroll.
  • 66'
    Gutierrez tries to spark a bit of life into Newcastle’s play on the edge of the area, but the ball escapes him and loops up into the air. It then falls kindly to Carroll who, after holding off the challenge of Djourou, drives the ball towards the bottom right-hand corner, but it skids just wide.
  • 64'
    Arsenal earn a corner as Walcott’s weak free-kick from 30 yards out is deflected wide. Carroll gets the ball clear inside his own area, but only as far as another red shirt. Arsene Wenger’s side can’t take advantage, though, and Newcastle eventually get the ball clear.
  • 62'
    Ranger now looks to be struggling with a knock for the hosts. Hughton has just made two changes but wouldn’t like to use his third and final substitution this soon.
  • 60'
    Guthrie looks to play a clever pass over the Arsenal defence looking for Ranger on the right side of the area. However, Djourou is there to get to the ball first before clearing the danger for the Gunners.
  • 58'
    Two changes for Newcastle now. Wayne Routledge is replaced by Jonas Gutierrez on the wing, while under the spotlight striker Andy Carroll comes on in the place of Peter Lovenkrands.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionPeter Lovenkrands Andy Carroll
  • 56'
    SubstitutionWayne Routledge Jonas Gutierrez
  • 56'
    Greg Stobart at St James’ Park reports: “Credit to the Arsenal fans. They've come all this way on a cold Tuesday night and now the rain is lashing down on them, but they are here in impressive numbers and are getting behind their boys.”
  • 54'
    Goal Theo Walcott
  • 54'
    GOAL!! WALCOTT MAKES IT 2-0!! Djourou stays strong to win a header at the back for Arsenal following a goal-kick from Krul. Walcott looks to beat the offside trap and races onto the loose ball beyond the Newcastle defence. However, Bendtner, who is in an offside position when the ball is played, drags Williamson back as Walcott runs through on goal and coolly lifts the ball over the onrushing Krul to double his side’s lead. Controversial goal to say the least, and Walcott himself may have been offside.
  • 52'
    PERCH HEADS OVER! Newcastle earn a dubious corner as Ranger looks to foul Djourou in the build up to it. Nevertheless, Guthrie whips in an inviting right-footed cross and finds the head of Perch. The full-back then rises above his marker, Denilson, and looks to direct his header on target, but it loops just over the bar.
  • 50'
    Sagna looks to find the run of Bendtner just inside the Newcastle area by drilling a right-footed cross into the centre. The Dane can’t get there first, however, as Williamson clears the ball to safety.
  • 48'
    Walcott sprints away down the right wing and looks to cut inside past two Newcastle players. He knocks the ball to his left and tries to reach it but is brought down by a strong mis-timed challenge from Smith, who picks up a booking.
  • 46'
    Yellow Card Alan Smith
  • 46'
    Arsenal kick us off for the second half. No changes from either side at the break.
  • 45' + 3'
    HALF-TIME. NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-1 ARSENAL. It’s the visitors who have the advantage heading into the break courtesy of a bizarre own goal from Tim Krul, although there was nothing he could do about it. Both sides have created plenty of opportunities, and let’s hope for more of the same in the second half.
  • 45' + 2'
    GOAL!! ARSENAL LEAD!! OWN GOAL FROM TIM KRUL!! Rosicky feeds the ball to Vela on the left side of the Newcastle area but the ball is cut out by a defender and rolls out for a corner. Rosicky heads the ball back into the centre after the corner is cleared, and Bendtner gets a flick on towards the far post. Ryan Taylor looks set to clear with his header off the line, but the ball comes off the back of Krul’s head and rolls into the open goal!!
  • 45'
    Own Goal Tim Krul
  • 45'
    Two minutes of added time at St James’ Park…
  • 43'
    Half-chance for Bendtner. The Danish forward plays a neat one-two on the edge of the Newcastle area with Denilson and gets his shot away quickly. However, he can’t get a clean strike on it and can only drill the ball into the arms of the grateful Krul in the Newcastle goal.
  • 41'
    Arsenal earn a corner after Williamson heads over under pressure from Bendtner. The ball bounces awkwardly in the centre and Djourou looks to turn it towards goal, but he can’t get it under control. Perch then inadvertently handles the ball whilst going in to challenge the defender before clearing the danger. There are claims for an Arsenal penalty but the referee is having none of it.
  • 39'
    Eboue skips past Ryan Taylor down the left and cuts into the penalty area. The Ivory Coast international has Vela waiting in the centre but opts to try and beat Krul from a ridiculous angle. He can’t manage it of course, and can only hit the side-netting.
  • 37'
    GOAL!! But Lovenkrands is offside… Vuckic plays a neat through-back in between the two Arsenal central defenders to Lovenkrands. The winger is about five yards offside but continues anyway, sliding the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. The assistant referee gets it spot on as you would expect and the goal is ruled out.
  • 35'
    Crucial defending from Kadar. Arsenal launch a quick attack down the right and Walcott looks to get on the end of a cross into the area. Although he is in plenty of space, the England man can’t quite take the ball under control and Kadar is there to pass the ball out of play for an Arsenal corner, which again comes to nothing.
  • 33'
    Perch gets himself involved in a tussle to win the ball with Bendtner and he manages to earn possession for his side. As he looks to clear the ball away with Arsenal players around him, the star of’s Mock the Weekend is caught by Eastmond. The former Nottingham Forest man stays down to receive treatment but looks as though he can carry on.
  • 31'
    More claims for an Arsenal handball now. Ranger looks to use his big frame to put Djourou under pressure inside the visitors’ area, and the Swiss defender clears against the arm of his team-mate Sagna. There are groans all around St James’ Park as Andre Marriner waves play on but there was nothing Sagna could do about it and him arms were by his side.
  • 29'
    Denilson is on the receiving end of an Alan Smith challenge and wins a free-kick for his side. Arsenal play the ball quickly to Rosicky on halfway but his sharp pass through to Bendtner has too much pace on it and rolls out for a Newcastle goal-kick.
  • 27'
    Newcastle having a brief spell of possession now. The hosts pass the ball around the defence and midfield but don’t really go anywhere before Bendtner eventually gets the ball for Arsenal on the right but runs it out of play for a goal-kick.
  • 25'
    Djourou inadvertently handles in his own half and Smith pleads with the referee for his side to be awarded a free-kick. Just moments later a long cross field ball is played across to Walcott on the right, and he uses his pace before seeing his delivery into the area cleared by James Perch for a corner, which comes to nothing.
  • 23'
    Sagna gets away with a questionable handball inside his own half and the ball breaks to Eastmond to his left. The youngster sprays a 40-yard pass forward looking for the run of Walcott beyond the Newcastle defence, but it's slightly over-hit and runs through to Krul.
  • 21'
    Greg Stobart at St James’ Park reports: “His team selection may have suggested he is none to fussed about this competition but Chris Hughton is going berserk on the touchline. The Toon boss is barking out instructions almost straight into the ear of poor old Wayne Routledge, who looks desperate to swap wings and get away from his crazy gaffer.”
  • 19'
    SubstitutionKieran Gibbs Bacary Sagna
  • 19'
    First change of the night goes to Arsenal. Gibbs is unable to continue after picking up that knock, so right-back Sagna is on in his place, which means Eboue switches to left-back.
  • 17'
    Eastmond looks to have given the ball away as he takes a heavy touch down the right. Guthrie tries to take advantage as he attempt to skip past the youngster, but the Arsenal midfielder redeems himself by putting in a great block to slide the ball out of play for a throw-in.
  • 15'
    KOSCIELNY DENIES RANGER BEFORE SMITH RATTLES THE CROSSBAR! Guthrie sends a long ball downfield looking for the run of Ranger who beats the offside trap. The youngster then rounds the onrushing goalkeeper and looks set to slide the ball into the open net. But the striker loses his footing which allows Koscielny time to get back and block his goal-bound effort. Newcastle quickly regain possession and Smith receives the ball 25 yards out before unleashing a powerful right-footed strike against the crossbar! Terrific start to this game.
  • 12'
    Arsenal put together a good passing move and Rosicky picks up the ball around 40 yards out. He then attempts to slide it through to Bendtner on the right but his pass is a little too short as Newcastle come clear with the ball. Meanwhile, Gibbs is back on the pitch and looks fine to continue.
  • 10'
    Gibbs looks to be struggling at the moment. The left-back goes in for a challenge with Routledge and wins the ball. However, he comes out of it the worst and stays down initially before hobbling off the pitch for treatment.
  • 8'
    Gibbs with an effort now for Arsenal. The England left-back breaks forward and picks up possession 25 yards out. He doesn’t have many option and opts to go for goal, firing a fierce left-footed strike towards the bottom left-hand corner, but Krul is equal to it and palms wide. Newcastle launch a counter-attack from the resulting corner but Szczesny helps out his defence by claiming the ball just inside his area following a weak headed backpass.
  • 6'
    Bright start to the game at St James’ Park. Walcott races onto a long pass forward down the right and has the whole penalty area to aim for as he is not closed down quickly enough. He eventually drills the ball across the face of goal looking for Bendtner but the cross is cut out and Newcastle clear.
  • 4'
    Vuckic, a player who so much is expected of, receives the ball 30 yards out and storms forward down the left side of the area. He then looks to beat Szczesny at his near post with a left-footed effort but it flies into the side-netting. Arsenal then launch another attack and Eboue gets forward to test Krul with a low left-footed shot from the edge of the area, but the 'keeper deals with it easily.
  • 2'
    EARLY CHANCES FOR ARSENAL!! Williamson loses possession far too easily 25 yards out from his own goal and is tackled by Rosicky. The Czech then plays the ball to the unmarked Vela on the edge of the area, but he can't keep his composure and fires straight at Krul. Bendtner receives the ball at the far post from the resulting corner and has two shots blocked by Williamson before seeing a third gathered by Krul. Poor start defensively from Newcastle.
  • 1'
    Newcastle get us underway at St James’ Park.
  • Greg Stobart at St James’ Park reports: “It only takes a quick glance around St James' Park to see that the Carling Cup hasn't exactly captured the hearts and minds of the Geordie faithful. There are 18 blocks of empty seats up in the Gods at a club where staying in the Premier League is the sole target this season.”
  • Wenger has stuck to his word - plenty of first team players starting tonight. Theo Walcott begins on the right side of a three-pronged attack, Wojciech Szczesny starts in goal and Craig Eastmond is handed his first start of the season in midfield. Newcastle, meanwhile, are much changed from the weekend win over West Ham United, with Tamas Kadar, Haris Vuckic and Nile Ranger all starting.
  • Arsenal line-up: Szczesny; Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs; Denilson, Eastmond, Rosicky; Walcott, Bendtner, Vela. Subs: Fabianski, Sagna, Fabregas, Arshavin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury, Nordtveit.
  • Newcastle United line-up: Krul; R Taylor, Williamson, Kadar, Perch; Guthrie, Smith, Vuckic, Routledge; Ranger, Lovenkrands. Subs: Soderberg, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Gutierrez, Tiote, Carroll.
  • It’s all about the two managers going into the clash at St James’ Park. Toon boss Chris Hughton has seen his odds dramatically shorten as the next Premier League manager to leave his post, with one bookmaker even suspending betting on the market. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has abandoned his policy of using the competition to blood youngsters by selecting a number of first team players.
  • Good evening and welcome to’s live coverage of the League Cup fourth round tie between Newcastle United and Arsenal. My name is Danny Hart and I will be taking you through tonight’s game.