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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,087) 29th December 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: C Foy

Arsenal Arsenal vs Newcastle United Newcastle

Arsenal 7

T Walcott (20, 73, 90+2)
A Oxlade-Chamberlain (50)
L Podolski (64)
O Giroud (84, 87)

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Newcastle 3

D Ba (43, 69)
S Marveaux (59)

Arsenal beat Newcastle 7-3 with Theo Walcott scoring a hat-trick in thriller

Last Updated: 29/12/12 11:58pm

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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.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match: Theo Walcott scored three and could have had more in a threatening performance for Arsenal.
  • Goal of the match: Plenty to choose from but a word for Newcastle - Sylvain Marveaux showed real quality to find Demba Ba at the far post who netted a remarkable third equaliser for the Magpies.
  • Talking point: Has Theo Walcott proven once and for all that he is a centre forward?

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.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 32 76
2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 32 66
4 Manchester United 33 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 West Ham United 34 44
11 Crystal Palace 34 42
12 Everton 33 41
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26

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