- English Barclays Premier League
- 29 December 2012, 5:30pm
- Emirates Stadium
- Attendance: 60,087
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL WIN IN STYLE! I need a lie down after that! What an amazing match at the Emirates! Hat-trick hero Walcott goes on a lap of honour with the match ball and quite right too. He's been absolutely brilliant tonight and did show flashes of Henry in his classy finishing. Arsenal are up to fifth in the table after that action-packed match. Newcastle stay lingering above the drop zone in 15th place. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stay tuned for the full-match report.
90+4 mins: Giroud hits the woodwork! Unbelievable! He times his run to perfection at the near post but can only side-foot it onto the crossbar. That would've been his hat-trick too!
90 MINS: HAT-TRICK FOR WALCOTT!The best of the lot too! He comes in from the left, gets himself up quickly after Tiote barges into him and flicks the ball majestically up and over Krul from the tighest of angles! "Sign him up!" the Arsenal fans cry!
90 mins: There's a few bits of admin to deal with as the ref adds on five extra minutes. Coquelin replaces Cazorla, Tavernier comes on for Marveaux and Santon picks up the first booking of the match.
87 MINS: IT'S SIX FOR ARSENAL! What a cameo performance from GIROUD! He's not been on the pitch long but he grabs a second with a powerful shot from just inside the area which beats Krul at his left post!
84 MINS: THAT SHOULD SEAL IT! Arsenal fans will be even more desperate for Walcott to sign a new deal after performances like this! He plays a stunning cross in for GIROUD to nod in from close range, adding a fine assist to his excellent brace!
83 mins: Walcott nearly wraps the game up once and for all with a quick shuffle and a curling shot which dips wide of the right post. There's another Toon sub with Ferguson replacing Simpson.
81 mins: Changes made by both sides now as Shola Ameobi replaces Bigirimana and Ramsey comes on for the excellent Podolski.
78 mins: Krul wipes out his own man Perch in an attempt to claim a cross from the right. It looked like the Newcastle defender needed medical attention there but he's back on his feet after a few seconds down.
76 mins: Bigirimana catches one sweetly on the volley but thankfully for me and my weary fingers it's straight at Szczesny!
74 mins: After the goal, Oxlade-Chamberlain comes off to replaced by Giroud who goes up top. Walcott shifts to right having scored two from a central role.
73 MINS: ARSENAL BACK IN FRONT! This is mental! Podolski somehow fails to connect with Gibb's dragged-back pass from the left but WALCOTT is alert to it and stabs the ball into the top-left corner!
69 MINS: BRACE FOR BA! What a game we have here! This is a fine assist from Marveaux who embarks on a mazy dribble, checks back, then picks out BA with the outside of the boot. The Senegal striker then cracks in a lovely side-foot volley just inside the left post. Sign him up Arsene!
67 mins: Now it's Newcastle being the more aggressive again as Obertan's low cross is headed away well by the Verminator.
64 MINS: 3-2 TO ARSENAL!!! Newcastle's joy short-lived! Arsenal press the ball high up the field and it forces a mistake, allowing Wilshere to dribble towards the left byline. His looping cross is cleared off the line by Coloccini, but only as far as PODOLSKI who is there to bundle it in!
61 mins:Arsenal are nearly back in front after Cazorla's sublime strike from just outside the area is turned behind by Krul. These evening games are usually lifeless. Well not this one!
59 MINS: WE'RE ALL-SQUARE AGAIN! Another easy goal! Obertan makes light work of Sagna down the left-hand side and his low cross rolls across the face of goal and falls to an unmarked MARVEAUX to tap in!
56 mins: Tiote loses out to Walcott in the middle of the park but the Arsenal striker can only slam this one into the advertising hoarding.
53 mins: That goal has cheered the Arsenal fans right up as they have a sing-song for the first time this evening.
50 MINS: ARSENAL RETAKE THE LEAD! Simpson gives Arsenal a belated Christmas gift! He throws the ball straight to an Arsenal player down near his corner flag and from there, the ball shifts over to OXLADE CHAMBERLAIN who smashes a low drive between Santon's legs and beyond Krul's right glove. That's his first Premier League goal of the season!
48 mins: Podolski unlocks the Newcastle defence with a lovely pass through to Gibbs on the overlap. Gibbs gets greedy though and fires straight at Krul when he had at least two better options in the centre.
45 mins: We're back up and running at the Emirates which this match delicately poised. No changes made by either manager at the break.
HALF-TIME: Newcastle head into the break deservedly level as they bossed large parts of the opening 45 despite creating very little. Arsenal have been relying on the counter attack so far which did see Walcott, who is looking extremely comfortable playing up front, score the opening goal. Who will come out on top in the second half? Stay tuned to find out!
45 mins: With one minute added on, Newcastle are finishing the stronger side. Marveaux's stonker of a shot has Szczesny at full-stretch and Ba heads over unmarked once again!
43 MINS: TOON EQUALISE! The little minnows from the north-east are back on level terms! They win a free-kick 20 yards out which is left of centre. BA's strike takes a wicked deflection off a distraught Wilshere and goes crashing into the net!
40 mins: Opportunities fall at either end as Tiote's scorcher from distance stings Szczesny's palms. A terrible corner follows, and from that comes a very promising counter for Arsenal until Walcott misplaces his pass!
37 mins: Chance for Walcott! Podolski is again the architect as he weaves in and out of Newcastle bodies. His through ball falls onto Walcott's weaker left foot though and the goalscorer can only tap it to Krul!
35 mins: Santon, who played Walcott onside for the opener, tries to redeem himself with a promising run forward. His heavy touch though takes the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
32 mins: Newcastle are doing most of the pressing at the moment but are guilty of overcooking the final pass. Ba and Cisse are just not getting the service.
29 mins: More catching practice for Szczesny as he jumps up to pluck another weak cross from Newcastle out of the night sky.
26 mins: Arsenal respond with a couple of corners in quick succession and the latter of those is very nearly spilt by Krul. Thankfully for Newcastle he manages to keep hold of it.
23 mins: Ba tries to reply instantly but although he does well initially to work his way into space, his shot is poor and easy for Szczesny to hold.
20 MINS: 1-0 TO THE ARSENAL! The opening goal all comes as Podolski sends WALCOTT racing down the left-hand side. With the Toon defence nowhere to be seen, he cuts inside and coolly places the ball into the bottom right corner. A classy finish which spectator Thierry Henry would have been proud of!
16 mins: Simpson's overlapping run earns Newcastle a corner as his eventual cross is cleared behind. Then, Ba leaps up unchallenged and heads it over the bar from close range! He looks disgusted with himself. A great chance!
13 mins: "Keeper!" barks Szczesny as he rises to claim Marveaux's tame free-kick from the right wing. A decent opportunity wasted for the Magpies.
10 mins: A slip-up from Santon nearly allows centre forward Walcott through on goal but the Italian full-back recovers just in time.
7 mins: Ba and Cisse try to link-up for Newcastle for the first time this evening but Arteta works back and emerges with the ball to instantly relieve the pressure.
3 mins: Cazorla works his way down to the right byline, delays his cross with a cheeky dummy, before picking out the gloves of Krul. Poor delivery there from the Spaniard.
0 mins: We're off! Newcastle kick-off but it's Arsenal on the counter attack in a flash. The ball comes to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the area who drags his shot wide of the left post.
1700: Evening all and welcome to Orange's live coverage of Arsenal's home clash against a 'wee club' called Newcastle United. Arsene Wenger looks like he is finally settling on his starting eleven as he just makes one change with Koscielny replacing Mertesacker at the back. Alan Pardew welcomes back Tiote which is a big boost for the Toon. There's a rare start too for Obertan on the wing. Get your predictions by clicking on my name above....I fancy an upset here!
- English Barclays Premier League
- 29 December 2012, 5:30pm
- Emirates Stadium
- Attendance: 60,087
Arsenal had to take the lead four times to beat Newcastle 7-3 in a thrilling clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick - including the opener, the winner and the final goal of the game to claim the points for the Gunners but there was plenty of drama in between in an astonishing match.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski also put Arsenal ahead but the Magpies found three equalisers through Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba twice to make for a cracking contest.
Substitute Olivier Giroud then added gloss to the display with a late brace before Walcott capped an impressive display to lift Arsene Wenger's side to fifth in the Premier League table.
Despite conceding seven, Newcastle kept their defensive shape well in the early stages and even had the first chance of the game when Ba headed Marveaux's corner over the crossbar.
But the good work was undone when Davide Santon dropped too deep, allowing Walcott to latch onto Podolski's threaded pass and finish neatly past Tim Krul.
Walcott, playing in his favoured striker role, had opportunities to add to the lead on the break but squandered them and it proved costly as Newcastle found a first-half equaliser.
With the visitors continuing to dominate possession, Magpies winger Gabriel Obertan was fouled by Bacary Sagna and Ba saw his free-kick deflect off Jack Wilshere and past Wojciech Szczesny.
It was no more than Newcastle deserved at the break and when Marveaux and Ba had further chances just before the interval it could have been better for Alan Pardew's men.
Instead they were behind early in the second half as Oxlade-Chamberlain was given too much space by Santon and Krul could not keep his low effort from distance out despite getting a touch to the ball.
If that was supposed to kill off the visitors, they had other ideas. Obertan waltzed past Sagna and found Marveaux at the far post via a deflection off Laurent Koscielny to stun the home crowd.
Podolski then headed in after a fine run from Wilshere but even better work by Marveaux gave Ba the chance to make it three goals apiece with a sidefooted volley at the far post.
But Walcott took advantage of indecision in the Newcastle area to make it 4-3 and then turned provider to set up Giroud twice before jinking in from the left and lifting the ball over Krul to cap a remarkable match.