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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 13 December 2014,

Arsenal
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Newcastle
  • Kickoff: 18:30 BST
  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 59,949
  • 15' Olivier Giroud
  • 54' Santi Cazorla
  • 58' Olivier Giroud
  • 88' Santi Cazorla - pen
  • 63' Ayoze Pérez

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Wenger accepts manager's lot

Arsene Wenger accepts all managers face a "permanent tribunal", wherever their team is in the table.

The Gunners will be out to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on track against Newcastle in Saturday's late kick-off at the Emirates Stadium, having produced an impressive display when beating Galatasaray 4-1 in their midweek Champions League tie in Istanbul.

It was not so long ago the Newcastle fans all appeared united in their desire to see manager Alan Pardew sacked as the club looked set to ensure a drawn-out relegation battle.

However, following an upturn in fortunes which saw the Magpies knock Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup and last weekend end Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season, Pardew is now very much flavour of the month - his side are level on points with Arsenal in seventh place.

Gunners boss Wenger, who continues to see his own position questioned by some Arsenal supporters, accepts such highs and lows come with the territory.

"Society is like it is today. You want to win the next game. It is a permanent tribunal from everybody, and it is as it is. You have to cope with that," said Wenger, who last season presided over his 1,000th match in charge at Arsenal.

"I have sympathy for every manager who suffers."

The 65-year-old French coach came in for harsh personal criticism following the 3-2 defeat at Stoke last Saturday, when he was jeered by a small group of Arsenal fans as the players boarded their train back to London.

Pardew slammed that treatment as "totally disrespectful", and claimed Arsenal should name their stadium after Wenger in recognition of his achievements.

Wenger, who had a touchline row with Pardew when he was West Ham manager in 2006, responded: "I am very thankful for compliments, but I don't want anything. I don't deserve that one thing.

"The one thing is to do well in my job for this club, which is what I always try to do."

Wenger has been impressed with Newcastle's response after a testing start.

"Alan Pardew has gone through a very difficult patch at Newcastle and he has dealt with it with strength and dignity. Fortunately he has been rewarded for it," Wenger said.

"They had a great result last week, they are doing well and they are on a good run. It will be a very interesting challenge for us.

"We have a good dynamic in our team, we won four of our last five games. We had one blip against Stoke, but overall I think we are on a good trend."

Arsenal have some defensive problems because of injuries and a one-match suspension for Calum Chambers, so right-back Mathieu Debuchy could be asked to move over to centre-half, the France international having just returned from three months out with an ankle problem.

Despite the loss of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to a hamstring injury, Arsenal still have plenty of attacking options - German forward Lukas Podolski netted a brace in Istanbul.

Pardew has hailed the "priceless" talent of striker Papiss Cisse as the buoyant Magpies go in search of another significant scalp.

Cisse scored both goals as his side became the first to sink Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at St James' Park last weekend and extended their remarkable recovery to just one defeat in their last 10 league games.

Cisse's revival in many ways reflects his side's recent surge after he started the season troubled by a knee injury which left him without a goal until his brace saved a point against Hull at the end of September.

"Papiss is one of those priceless players. At the moment he is red-hot and if we give him the chances I feel pretty confident he will take them,`` said Newcastle boss Pardew.

"Every team needs a goalscorer who can get you a goal and turn a game. Sometimes you might not be dominating a game and then someone like Papiss comes along and gives you a lift."

But Pardew admitted he remains cautious over Cisse's recent goalscoring streak as he continues to manage the injury he sustained towards the end of last season.

"We have had to manage his knee and it is an ongoing process," added Pardew.

"From now until the summer we will have to be careful with him. But by the time we get to the summer it will all be over."

Pardew would dearly love to continue his revival by taking the scalp of Arsene Wenger's men but he is hampered by the absence of both Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor due to suspension.

Rolando Aarons is also ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury while 21-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick will be given his chance to shine after replacing the injured Rob Elliot at half-time against Chelsea.

Premier League rules currently prohibit Pardew bringing in emergency loan cover despite the fact Elliot and regular number one Tim Krul are now likely to be ruled out until the end of January.

And Pardew has urged Alnwick, whose existing contract runs out at the end of the season, to seize his chance.

He said: "It is a great opportunity for Jak and he is very keen to take it.

"He has had a great start and fitted in very well. He has worked very hard in the background but never had an opportunity. I have great faith in him but he will need a lot of luck as well.

"He is in a great position - if he plays really well in the next seven games it makes it more difficult for us when it comes to contract negotiations. That is definitely in Jak's court."

91'+3

Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Newcastle United 1.

91'+3

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 94'

91'+2

Attempt blocked. Jack Colback (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

91'+2

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) Assists Shot at 93'

91'+1

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

91'+1

Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United) Assists Shot at 92'

91'+1

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 92'

91'

Substitution, Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

91'

Attempt missed. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

91'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 91'

90'

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 90'

90'

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) Throw In at 90'

88'

4 - 1

Goal! Arsenal 4, Newcastle United 1. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

88'

Penalty conceded by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) after a foul in the penalty area.

87'

Ismael Tioté (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 87'

87'

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

87'

Substitution, Arsenal. Francis Coquelin replaces Alexis Sánchez.

86'

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

86'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Corner Kick at 86'

84'

Ismael Tioté (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 84'

84'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Free Kick at 83'

82'

Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).

82'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Free Kick at 82'

82'

Substitution, Newcastle United. Adam Armstrong replaces Ayoze Pérez.

82'

Daryl Janmaat

82'

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 82'

81'

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dummett with a cross.

81'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Assists Shot at 81'

81'

Emmanuel Riviere (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 81'

81'

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

80'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 80'

80'

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 80'

80'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 80'

79'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79'

Ismael Tioté (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 79'

79'

Hand ball by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

79'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 79'

79'

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 79'

75'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 75'

74'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 74'

74'

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

73'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 73'

73'

Substitution, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski replaces Olivier Giroud.

72'

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 72'

72'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 72'

72'

Ismael Tioté (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 72'

71'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 71'

71'

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 71'

71'

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

69'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 69'

69'

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

69'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

69'

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

69'

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

69'

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 69'

69'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 69'

68'

Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 68'

68'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 68'

66'

Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

66'

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 66'

65'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 65'

64'

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

64'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 64'

64'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 64'

63'

3 - 1

Goal! Arsenal 3, Newcastle United 1. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross following a set piece situation.

63'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) Assists Shot at 63'

63'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 63'

63'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63'

Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62'

Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 62'

62'

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

61'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

61'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 61'

61'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 61'

61'

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

60'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 60'

60'

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59'

Ismael Tioté

59'

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

58'

3 - 0

Goal! Arsenal 3, Newcastle United 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

58'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 58'

57'

Ismael Tioté (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 57'

57'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

57'

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 57'

56'

Substitution, Newcastle United. Rémy Cabella replaces Sammy Ameobi.

56'

Substitution, Newcastle United. Emmanuel Rivière replaces Papiss Demba Cissé.

56'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 56'

54'

2 - 0

Goal! Arsenal 2, Newcastle United 0. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

54'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 54'

54'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 54'

54'

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 54'

53'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 53'

52'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 52'

52'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 52'

51'

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) Corner Kick at 51'

51'

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

51'

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 51'

50'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 50'

50'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 50'

50'

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 50'

50'

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 50'

50'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 50'

49'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Free Kick at 49'

49'

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

48'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Free Kick at 48'

48'

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

46'

Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 46'

46'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 46'

46'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 46'

46'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 46'

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'+1

First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Newcastle United 0.

46'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 46'

45'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 45'

45'

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 45'

45'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 45'

43'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

43'

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

43'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 43'

43'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 43'

42'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Throw In at 42'

39'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 39'

39'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

39'

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

39'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 39'

39'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 39'

38'

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

38'

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 38'

38'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 38'

37'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 37'

37'

Hector Bellerin

37'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 36'

35'

Offside, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

35'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 35'

35'

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

34'

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 34'

34'

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

34'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 34'

34'

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

34'

Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross.

34'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) Assists Shot at 34'

34'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 34'

33'

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

32'

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 32'

32'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31'

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

31'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 31'

31'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 31'

30'

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

30'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 30'

29'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 29'

28'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

28'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Corner Kick at 28'

27'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 27'

26'

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) Corner Kick at 26'

25'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Free Kick at 25'

25'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

24'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 24'

23'

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

23'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 23'

23'

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

23'

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 23'

22'

Offside, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

22'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Throw In at 22'

21'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 21'

21'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

19'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

19'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 19'

17'

Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 17'

16'

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

16'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Free Kick at 16'

16'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

1 - 0

Goal! Arsenal 1, Newcastle United 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

15'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 15'

14'

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) Throw In at 14'

14'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 14'

14'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 14'

13'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 13'

13'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jack Colback.

13'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Throw In at 13'

13'

Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12'

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) Corner Kick at 12'

12'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Throw In at 12'

12'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 12'

12'

Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 12'

11'

Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 11'

9'

Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 9'

8'

Offside, Arsenal. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Danny Welbeck is caught offside.

8'

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the box. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

8'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 8'

8'

Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) Corner Kick at 8'

6'

Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United) Free Kick at 6'

5'

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

5'

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 5'

5'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 5'

5'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 5'

5'

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 5'

2'

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 2'

2'

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) Blocked Pass at 2'

1'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 1'

1'

Kickoff

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Possession

51%
49%
  • Arsenal
  • Newcastle United

Shots

17
10

Shots on target

4
4

Fouls

14
15

Corners

9
6

Yellow Cards

2
2

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Arsenal4 - 1Newcastle
Arsenal3 - 0Newcastle
Newcastle0 - 1Arsenal
Newcastle0 - 1Arsenal
Arsenal7 - 3Newcastle
Arsenal2 - 1Newcastle

Arsenal

  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 2Mathieu Debuchy
  • 39Hector Bellerin
  • 3Kieran Gibbs
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • -> Ainsley Maitland-Niles
  • 20Mathieu Flamini
  • 19Santi Cazorla
  • 17Alexis Sánchez
  • -> Francis Coquelin
  • 23Danny Welbeck
  • 12Olivier Giroud
  • -> Lukas Podolski
  • Subs
  • 28Joel Campbell
  • 22Yaya Sanogo
  • 26Emiliano Martinez
  • 37Semi Ajayi

Newcastle

  • 31Jak Alnwick
  • 6Michael Williamson
  • 2Fabricio Coloccini
  • 36Paul Dummett
  • 22Daryl Janmaat
  • 11Yoan Gouffran
  • 24Ismael Tioté
  • 28Sammy Ameobi
  • -> Rémy Cabella
  • 14Jack Colback
  • 17Ayoze Pérez
  • -> Adam Armstrong
  • 9Papiss Demba Cisse
  • -> Emmanuel Riviere
  • Subs
  • 23Haris Vuckic
  • 41Freddie Woodman
  • 19Massadio Haidara
  • 8Vurnon Anita

Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla net braces in easy Arsenal win

Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both scored twice as Arsenal closed back up on the Barclays Premier League's top four with a 4-1 win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

The recent antagonism directed towards the club's manager also looked to have died a death as supporters chanted ``There's only one Arsene Wenger'' in support of the Frenchman.

Arsenal maintained momentum from the midweek 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray in Istanbul to see off the challenge of Alan Pardew's men, who last weekend inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Chelsea.

Giroud powered in a header on 15 minutes and, after Danny Welbeck had seen a goal perhaps harshly disallowed, birthday boy Cazorla made it 2-0 at the start of the second half with a neat chip.

French striker Giroud then produced another fine left-footed finish at the near post, and after Ayoze Perez had reduced the deficit, Cazorla clipped home a late penalty as the feel-good factor returned for Wenger's side after the fall-out from their defeat at Stoke.

The Gunners had been forced to start with a makeshift defence because of injury and suspension, so right-back Mathieu Debuchy was deployed at centre-half against his former club.

Arsenal went close to opening the scoring on eight minutes as Per Mertesacker's flicked backwards header from a corner hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced away.

It was 1-0 after 15 minutes when right-back Hector Bellerin won the ball in midfield, before it went out to Sanchez, one of several players rested in midweek.

The Chile forward held up possession on the right before chipping the ball across the six-yard box, where Giroud powered a header into the top-right corner.

Arsenal soon had the ball in the net again as Welbeck cut in from the left, brushing off Daryl Janmaat before dinking his shot over goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. However, referee Lee Mason had already blown for what he saw as a foul by Welbeck on the Newcastle defender.

Welbeck fired an angled volley just wide after a clever chip from Sanchez into the right side of the Newcastle penalty area.

Despite their dominance, Arsenal looked vulnerable to set-plays, and a superb double save from Wojciech Szczesny kept the scores level after 33 minutes.

A free-kick was curled in from the right, which Yoan Gouffran glanced goalwards, but the Pole made a fine reaction save and was then in the right place to block the follow-up from Papiss Cisse at point-blank range.

The hosts doubled their lead after 54 minutes with another goal of the highest order.

Sanchez played a sliderule pass into the Newcastle penalty area, which Cazorla collected and skipped over Fabricio Coloccini's sliding challenge. The diminutive Spaniard stumbled, but stayed on his feet before clipping a sublime finish into the far corner to celebrate his 30th birthday in style.

Before Newcastle could regroup, it was 3-0 after 58 minutes.

Bellerin got to the right touchline before crossing for Giroud, who expertly guided the ball past Alnwick at the near post with the outside of his left boot.

Newcastle reduced the arrears after 63 minutes when Perez headed in a free-kick from Jack Colback.

Arsenal soon regained composure, with Kieran Gibbs firing wide after the ball bobbled around a crowded penalty area.

After Arsenal appeared to have weathered the storm, chants in support of Wenger rang around the Emirates Stadium, with hope and belief again restored heading into the hectic Christmas schedule.

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett tripped Welbeck in the right corner of the area after 88 minutes, and Cazorla stepped up to calmly slot home a 'Panenka' chipped penalty straight down the middle.




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