Newcastle United 0 - 1 Arsenal

Match info: Premier League at St James' Park, Newcastle

Date: 29/12/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: Att: 52,161

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Newcastle

0
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1

Arsenal

Olivier Giroud 65

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • That's it! Arsenal secure a vital three points by scoring with their only real chance and holding firm in the wake of pressure from a tireless Newcastle side. The Gunners will end the year top of the Premier League.

  • Cabaye swings it in and Szczesny punches clear with Krul again trying to challenge. It breaks to Ben Arfa but he fires wide from range.

    90+4
  • Arsenal kill a valuable few seconds before Jenkinson puts it out for a Newcastle throw. Tiote crosses and Bendtner shows poise to find Wilshere, who can clear. But Newcastle come again and win a corner.

    90+3
  • We're into four minutes of time added on and Newcastle create a real chance, with Ben Arfa cutting inside before dragging his shot wide. He had options there and perhaps chose the wrong one. Bendtner concedes a throw deep inside the Newcastle half.

    90+2
  • Mertesacker again clears but this time only for a corner, which Krul sees as a chance to join the attack. Arsenal clear and Krul is out of position but Jenkinson can only win a throw.

    90+1
  • Newcastle win a free-kick on halfway but Mertesacker and Arteta combine to clear. Flamini then does well to win a throw deep inside his own half.

    90
  • Cazorla does well to relieve the pressure momentarily but his ball towards Bendtner is poor and Coloccini can launch another ball forward. This time it does fall to Remy but his touch is heavy.

    89
  • Debuchy again gallops forward and Szczesny does well to nip in ahead of him and collect. It is all Newcastle now.

    88
  • Ben Arfa glides in-field but Wilshere is on his tail and his pressure is enough to see Ben Arfa misplace his cross.

    87
  • Final change for Arsenal as Giroud departs, replaced by Nicklas Bendtner. The French striker didn't have a great day in the main, except for the goal. To his manager, that's all that will matter.

    86
  • Tiote clips a ball towards Remy but Mertesacker gets up ahead of him to clear. The Arsenal centre-backs have been excellent so far.

    85
  • All hands to the pump for Arsenal now and Szczesny is relieved to collect Ameobi's tame shot from 20 yards.

    84
  • Wilshere clears from the edge of his own box but there's nobody up-field to receive it. Newcastle then attack again and a brilliant cross almost falls to Remy, who would've had a simply job to score from five yards.

    83
  • Sagna has stayed on the right with Jenkinson just in front of him - there's no doubt Arsenal are prepared to shut-up shop now. Will they hang on?

    82
  • Wow! It's nearly 1-1 out of nothing as Szczesny blasts a clearance straight into the face of Remy. It trickles just wide of the goal as Remy understandably falls to the floor - he's up quickly though.

    81
  • I wonder whether Sagna may go to left-back now that Flamini has been booked but we will see. For now, Arsenal break but Giroud's ball to Cazorla is misdirected.

    80
  • Another change for the hosts as Sissoko comes off, with Massadio Haidara taking his place. Arsenal also make a change with Walcott taken off and Carl Jenkinson on.

    79
  • Williamson tries to get on the end of the free-kick but is unable to do so. Newcastle are well on top now as Arsenal look to close out a vital win - pressure is relieved as Sissoko fouls Sagna.

    78
  • Tempers are flaring now and Rosicky is the latest to be booked for a foul on Cabaye which prompts some pushing and shoving before Probert restores order.

    77
  • From the free-kick, Ameobi is adjudged to have fouled Szczesny but Newcastle are back in possession quickly and Koscielny does well to deny Remy.

    76

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