Date: Saturday 29th December 2012, 5.30pm
Live on ESPN
Venue: Emirates Stadium
7 - 3
20 mins Lukas
Podolski released Theo Walcott down the Arsenal left with Danny
Simpson caught out of position on the halfway line and James Perch wrongly
appealing for an offside decision. The England international took a touch
inside on the corner of the box to better his angle before his excellent
side-footed finish along the deck saw the ball tucked beyond Tim Krul
inside the post 0-1
43 mins Bacary Sagna's foul on Gabriel Obertan gave United a
free kick towards the left hand edge of the Arsenal area and despite his
recent poor dead ball efforts, Demba Ba lined up to take it.
His right-footed effort deflected off the head of Jack Wilshere (standing
in no-man's land away from the four man wall) and wrong-footed Szczesny,
who recovered to spring to his right as the ball whistled past him
Half time: Gunners 1 Magpies 1
50 mins Wilshere picked out Podolski pushing forward down the
Arsenal left and he thought he'd won a throw in off Simpson down towards
the corner flag, only for the decision to go against him.
Simpson took the throw and sent it forwards towards Ba, but he succeeded
only in finding Podolski again and his header landed inside the box and in
front of Cazorla. His first-time ball picked out Oxlade-Chamberlain on the
"D" and as Davide Santon went towards him, he cracked home a
right-footed effort to Krul's right. Now tell me Simpson isn't a useless
59 mins A fine pass sprayed from the centre circle out to the
left touchline was taken in his stride by the unmarked Gabriel Obertan and
his weaving run saw him elude Sagna and funnel the ball back within the
six yard box. It glanced off Koscielny's boot and into the path of Sylvain
Marveaux, who steered it left-footed into the net from close range 2-2
64 mins Tiote lost possession in his own half and looked odds-on to
upend Wilshere but instead allowed him to continue his run into the
left hand side of the Newcastle box unchecked after a smooth exchange of
passes with Podolski.
Reaching the byline and shadowed by Perch, he dinked a centre over Krul's
head looked like dropping in before Fabricio Coloccini reached it ahead of
Walcott and headed it onto the crossbar from point blank range. That took
the ball back over the head of Krul again and into the path of Podolski,
who had ambled forward and took full advantage by heading the ball home
from just inches out 2-3
69 mins Krul's kick downfield was won by Ba and he directed a
headed infield to Marveaux, who broke forward and headed for the Gunners
box before a slight deviation took him towards the left wing and the
Rather than the obvious though, Marveaux spun anti-clockwise as two
defenders loitered and then supplied a delightful cross with the outside
of his left boot to Demba Ba, who streaked past a hesitant Gibbs
and forced the ball right-footed between the goalkeeper and his near post.
73 mins Oxlade-Chamberlain slowed almost to walking pace in the
middle of the pitch and halfway towards the Newcastle before routing the
ball out to Sagna on his right. He moved infield and supplied a pass
between Santon and Bigirimana to Podolski on the edge of the box, who
turned and found Gibbs on the left side of the area, running into space
beyond Perch and Simpson.
Gibbs pulled his pass back from the byline and although Podolski failed to
make contact, the ball fell to the unmarked Walcott and he had time to
turn and clip a curling right footed effort into the roof of the net from
eight yards before Bigirimana could close him down. More statuesque
defending punished 3-4
84 mins Sagna chugged forward before drawing substitute Shane Ferguson
and touching the ball out to Walcott on the edge of the box. He
turned provider with a driven low cross that neither Perch nor Santon got
near as Giroud skipped beyond them to score with a diving header 3-5
87 mins With Newcastle in complete disarray, Walcott motored
goalwards from the right and was able to elude the half-hearted challenges
of Obertan and Bigirimana before stabbing the ball towards Giroud.
Coloccini looked capable of getting to it but stayed rooted to the spot as
the Arsenal forward pulled the ball to the right to avoid Perch and then
cracked home a fine low drive 3-6
90+2 mins Adding insult to injury but showing some magnificent
vision and application, Walcott took a free kick conceded by Santon near
the corner flag and then proceeded to bob and weave into box and round
Shola Ameobi and Obertan.
Tiote's lunge then looked to have halted his progress illegally at the
expense of a penalty, but the Arsenal man's momentum took him forward and
back to his feet in one movement before he provided an exquisite finish
for his hat trick by dinking the ball between Krul and the near post. 3-7
Full time: Gunners 7 (SEVEN) Magpies 3
"I thought at 3-3, we should have shut up shop and we couldn’t do
that. The energy levels between the two teams was evident towards the end.
Arsenal looked energised and our team looked really leggy.
"The fourth goal knocked the wind out of our sails a little bit because we
then conceded some bad goals. It’s why we ended up with the scoreline we did.
"It is hard to take. But we put in a real effort against Manchester United
on a really sodden pitch, and that took its toll and the bench today really
didn’t have enough on it.
"I didn’t put Remie Streete on there to make a point. He really was my
only defender and he shouldn’t be anywhere near my bench – that’s the
truth of it.
"We really were down to the bare bones. At least Mike Williamson will come
back on Wednesday and hopefully Vurnon Anita.
"We put the ball at risk too many times today and at the end showed too
much naivety as we tried to get another goal. Maybe the fact we are scoring so
freely has made us too open.
"Even with the players we had available, it was important we attack the
game, which we did. We had some great offensive performances today.
“Sylvain Marveaux had what was probably his best game for us and Demba Ba
scored two goals. But you need to defend as a team and we needed to show a
little more nous in the last 20 minutes.
"If Arsenal had played on Boxing Day, we certainly wouldn’t have had the
scoreline that we did."
agree with you (that Newcastle played their part). The game was not as
comfortable as the result indicates. We suffered for big parts in the game,
especially in the first half when I felt we played with the handbrake, we were a
bit nervous, not free of the chest.
"We had problems to win the ball back from them. Every time they came
back but we kept going and in the end of course it became easy, but it was a
difficult game for us.
"We couldn’t see any sign of giving up, even at
3-3. It’s not easy, mentally. You’re 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3 and you
come back again - that’s not easy. You cannot win every game 7-3. Your team
has to be capable to sometimes win 1-0."
Highest aggregate scorelines in Premier League history:
Sep 2007 Portsmouth 7–4 Reading
Nov 2009 Spurs 9–1 Wigan
Aug 2011 Manchester United 8–2 Arsenal
Dec 2012 Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle
Dec 2007 Spurs 6–4 Reading
Newcastle conceded more than six goals in a game for the first time since
their 1-8 top flight reverse at West Ham back in April 1986.
We also let in six goals in one half of play for the first time since our 0-6
loss at Old Trafford in January 2008 (after getting to half time goalless).
We're checking to see when the last time was that we participated in a game when
eight goals were scored in one half - if ever.
United scored 3 or more goals in successive Premier League away games for the
first time since December 2001 (3 at Arsenal followed by 4 at Leeds -
NUFC Ten goal "thrillers" - all-time (league):
Nov 1959 Everton (h) won 8-2
Mar 1927 Everton (h) won 7-3
Dec 1933 Everton (a) won 7-3
Jan 1960 Manchester United (h) won 7-3
Dec 1960 West Ham (h) drew 5-5
Sep 1984 QPR (a) drew 5-5
Sep 1953 West Brom (h) lost 3-7
Dec 2012 Arsenal (a) lost 3-7
Dec 1908 mackems (h) lost 1-9
NUFC games with more than ten goals (league):
Oct 1946 Newport County (h) won 13-0
Mar 1928 Aston Villa (h) won 7-5
Jan 1934 Liverpool (h) won 9-2
Sep 1930 Manchester United (a) won 7-4
Dec 1909 Liverpool (a) lost 5-6
Sep 1958 Chelsea (a) lost 5-6
Nov 1930 Portsmouth (h) lost 4-7
Sylvain Marveaux became the 105th Newcastle player to score in the
PL for the club while teenage defender Remi Streete was named on the
bench for the first time.
Demba Ba scored his 12th & 13th Premier League goals of the season
on what was his 20th PL appearance this season. He netted 14 PL goals in 18
games by the end of 2012 and has 29 goals to his credit during his 58 games in
all competitions for NUFC (54 starts)
NUFC Premier League Top Scorers:
1. Alan Shearer 148
2. Peter Beardsley 46
3. Andy Cole 43
4. Les Ferdinand 41 / Shola Ameobi 41
5. Nobby Solano 37
6. Rob Lee 34
7. Gary Speed 29 / Demba Ba 29
8. Obafemi Martins 28
9. Craig Bellamy 27
At (5s) 6s and 7s - worst NUFC PL defeats:
2000/01 0-5 Arsenal (a)
2003/04 0-5 Chelsea (a)
2011/12 0-5 Spurs (a)
1999/00 1-5 Man U (a)
2007/08 1-5 Man U (h)
2008/09 1-5 Liverpool (h)
2010/11 1-5 Bolton (a)
2002/03 2-5 Blackburn (a)
2011/12 2-5 Fulham (a)
2002/03 3-5 Man U (a)
2007/08 0-6 Man U (a)
2002/03 2-6 Man U (h
2012/13 3-7 Arsenal (a)
NUFC's year ending results - Premier League era:
2012/13 Arsenal (a) lost 3-7
2011/12 Liverpool (a) lost 1-3
2010/11 Spurs (a) lost 0-2
2009/10 Derby County (h) drew 0-0
2008/09 Liverpool (h) lost 1-5
2007/08 Chelsea (a) lost 1-2
2006/07 Everton (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Spurs (a) lost 0-2
2004/05 Arsenal (h) lost 0-1
2003/04 Blackburn (h) lost 0-1
2002/03 Spurs (h) won 2-1
2001/02 Chelsea (h) lost 1-2
2000/01 Manchester United (h) drew 1-1
1999/00 Leicester City (a) won 2-1
1998/99 Liverpool (a) lost 2-4
1997/98 Liverpool (h) lost 1-2
1996/97 Spurs (h) won 7-1
1995/96 Manchester United (a) lost 0-2
1994/95 Norwich City (a) lost 1-2
1993/94 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
Magpies @ Gunners - Premier years
2012/13: Lost 3-7 Ba 2, Marveaux
2011/12: Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2010/11: Won 1-0 Carroll
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2007/08: Lost 0-2 (LC)
2006/07: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 2-3 Robert, Bernard
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien, Shearer, Robert
2000/01: Lost 0-5
1999/00: Drew 0-0
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 1-3 Barton
1996/97: Won 1-0 Elliott
1995/96: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-2 Keown og, Beardsley, Fox
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Beardsley
(@ Highbury until 2005-06 season, Emirates thereafter)
Total record against Arsenal:
Just three days after after scoring three times but leaving Old Trafford
pointless, there was more late heartache for a beleaguered United at the
Emirates on Saturday night. But if the last-gasp loss to the Red Devils was
cause for both pride and frustration, then our fifth successive loss away from
St.James' Park was rather more humiliating.
Once again United managed to work themselves into a position of sharing six
goals at the three quarter mark but then proceeded to unravel alarmingly -
conceding seven goals for the first time in league competition for over quarter
of a century. Only this club could score six goals in two away games of this
magnitude and end up empty-handed.
We'd questioned what Alan Pardew's side had left in the tank after their Boxing
Day exertions and they duly succumbed in the closing stages to a team granted a
seven day Winter break after a Boxing Day tube strike (although Fulham and QPR
managed to stage their games that day).
And it showed over the ninety minutes, although the Magpies were arguably the
better side in the first half and enjoyed the majority of possession. Going
behind to the flying machine that is Theo Walcott, the black and whites had
spurned some good chances to level - notably from a rare Cheick Tiote effort
that was on target - before a slice of luck deservedly took them in level at
The Gunners regained the lead just five minutes after the interval but another
valuable assist from Gabriel Obertan restored parity before we conceded - and
they did. 3-3 and although a more objective judgment via the goggle box may
have rightly been that we were drowning not waving, from the back of the away
end there was genuine hope that we could go on to snatch a second famous
victory on this ground in three seasons - not least due to a snoozing home
But before Pardew's troops could regroup, some more sloppy defending allowed
Walcott to break our spirit for the final time. What happened after that were a
series of self-inflicted but truly cruel blows for a side that by then had gone
from being on the ropes to KO'd out on the canvas. Walcott somehow managed to
complete a hat trick while Giroud was denied a ten minute treble by a post.
Once the jaw-dropping, mind-numbing shock of the score subsided though, there
were small glimmers of positivity among the wreckage - not least Marveaux and
Bigirimana's displays and a seldom-glimpsed ability to score goals from close
At the risk of hiding behind statistics, we're not the first side to have come
a cropper here this season when the Gunners have found their fluidity as an
attacking force - Spurs being hit for five and Southampton shipping six. Again
though, it's the manner of our capitulation that raises more concerns about
direction, unity and attitude - not to mention more tangible worries about
Having attracted criticism from various quarters (including us), no blame could
be attached to Mike Williamson for any of the seven goals conceded here, as he
served a one match suspension and was replaced by makeshift centre half James
Perch. The lack of defensive options open to us could be gauged by a first
naming of Remi Streete as a senior team substitute, the 18 year-old returning
from a nine month injury absence to provide notional cover at centre half.
When bemusement at having scored six goals on the road in rapid sequence but
leaving empty -handed subsides, the stark facts are that United have lost eight
of our last ten Premier League games and sit just three points clear of the
drop zone as the second half of the season begins.
Everton's visit to Tyneside in four days time will test the strength of the
squad again, but at least our Goodison comeback earlier in the season was an
indication of this team's ability to bounce back - albeit with the forward
presence of Demba Ba to dig us out of several holes.
The variable performances of Fabricio Coloccini are the latest concern in a
squad where players enjoying both form and fitness are a rare commodity, while
question marks over the effectiveness of his leadership remain. The loss of
Tiote to the Ivory Coast leaves us with a further midfield gap to be plugged -
although after a performance like this, we're glad to see the back of him
Our irritation at some of our substitutions this season meanwhile was evident
again when Simpson was replaced by Ferguson - although the broken toe suffered
by the former wasn't known at that point. What is crystal clear though is that
Shane is no more of a left back than Charles N'Zogbia ever was and to pretend
otherwise is unfair on him - and us.
But the cupboard is bare though, with not even Jonas available to fill in. The
much-vaunted plan of having players for every position at different levels in
the club exists on paper but not in flesh and blood. The left back in most
recent reserve game is now out on loan - at Blyth Spartans.
Pardew did kindly confirmed that he wasn't trying to make a point to his
employers by including the totally unproven and only recently fit-again teenage
centre half Remi Streete on the bench, just in case anyone hadn't spotted he'd
done precisely that - the other course of action was to name less than seven
subs as Sam Allardyce had done ten days earlier.
Kevin Keegan once tried to make a similar point on this ground by including
Nile Ranger on the bench just days after his U18 debut but hopefully the
current Magpies boss will be rather more successful in getting his desired
reinforcements in January - the ones he needed in August, we mean.
A mixed bag of results at the bottom of the table on Saturday meant that
Newcastle remain fifteenth but Wigan, Southampton and Reading closed the gap
while Aston Villa, Fulham and the mackems also tasted defeat.
When we next take to the field, the three teams immediately below us will have
been in action and an admittedly long-odds trio of victories for Villa, Wigan
and the Saints would be enough to drop us into the bottom three for the first
time since May 2009.
PS: I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours, but somebody at SJP has a
sick sense of humour. The first post-match email we received was entitled "Newcastle
United Lingerie Reduced Now!" Unwanted confirmation that it wasn't
just the team caught with their pants down...