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Laurent Koscielny is shown a red card. Bacary Sagna receives a yellow card. Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Shot on goal by Nile Ranger from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by Andrew Carroll. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
Nile Ranger comes on in place of Shola Ameobi. Bacary Sagna challenges Andrew Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Joey Barton, Tim Krul makes a save.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line to the near post.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Francesc Fabregas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Tim Krul makes a save.
Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas.
The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick. Nicklas Bendtner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Wilshere.
Andrew Carroll produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Caution for Francesc Fabregas. Foul by Francesc Fabregas on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Header from close in by Mike Williamson misses to the left of the target.
Andrew Carroll has a volleyed shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Mike Williamson has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alex Song.
Foul by Joey Barton on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Carroll is adjudged to have handled the ball. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Nolan. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Kevin Nolan offside. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
Joey Barton challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrey Arshavin takes the direct free kick.
Robin van Persie replaces Marouane Chamakh.
Andrey Arshavin on for Samir Nasri.
Shot from long distance by Joey Barton goes wide of the left-hand post.
Marouane Chamakh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Francesc Fabregas. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Theo Walcott takes a shot.
Corner taken by Jack Wilshere, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
Kevin Nolan challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from right channel, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Simpson on Samir Nasri. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Andrew Carroll finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Joey Barton.
Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Kevin Nolan fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrew Carroll.
Francesc Fabregas delivers the ball, Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas played to the near post, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.
Marouane Chamakh is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Sebastien Squillaci gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
The referee cautions Cheik Tiote for unsporting behaviour. Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Nolan. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Volleyed right-footed shot by Francesc Fabregas. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
The referee cautions Gael Clichy for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, save made by Tim Krul.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri, Danny Simpson makes a clearance. Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini. Samir Nasri takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Shola Ameobi.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Williamson. Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Danny Simpson makes a clearance. Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini. Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Shola Ameobi makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott. Free kick taken by Tim Krul. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci by Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Theo Walcott. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Fabricio Coloccini. Francesc Fabregas fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Francesc Fabregas from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Marouane Chamakh. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Cheik Tiote. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from right wing, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.
Unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Carroll challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee starts the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Fabregas returns for Gunners
Arsenal will have captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Denilson (groin), Alex Song (calf) and Andrey Arshavin (virus) all back for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.
England teenager Jack Wilshere has now completed a three-match domestic ban, while fit-again Theo Walcott is pressing for a start having scored in the midweek Champions League defeat away to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), centre-half Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) and left-back Kieran Gibbs (knee) remain out, while long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie are close to a return.
Laurent Koscielny has challenged his Arsenal team-mates to become "unbreakable" at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger's men look to keep up the pressure on Chelsea.
Recent domestic encounters at Ashburton Grove have been anything but straightforward, with laboured wins over Birmingham and bottom club West Ham following the shock defeat by West Brom on September 25.
Koscielny, a #10million summer signing from Lorient, admits the result against the Baggies still leaves a "bitter taste" - and one the French centre-half is determined not to repeat.
"The toughest match for me so far was definitely West Brom," the 24-year-old said.
"I had been playing lots of games prior to that one and was at the limit of my physical possibilities.
"When you are not at your physical best, it is hard to mentally give the effort such a game requires.
"To lose against them at the Emirates Stadium left a bitter taste and we have to be unbreakable at home."
The centre-half added: "Everyone can play his part, go out onto the pitch and do something that benefits the team. That's so important.
"The confidence is good, the atmosphere among everyone is too, everyone is pulling in the same way. Positive feeling like this helps us face matches and win them."
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will make a late decision on whether or not to include Sol Campbell against his former club.
The 36-year-old has trained all week after recovering from a thigh injury, but will have to wait until the last moment to discover if he will travel.
Steven Taylor is likely to be included after making the bench for last weekend's derby victory over Sunday following his return from a shoulder problem, while Leon Best (ankle) will resume training on Monday.
However, Steve Harper (shoulder), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is quietly rebuilding his career after bouncing back from rock bottom.
The 28-year-old will run out to face Arsenal with the rehabilitation process ongoing, but having rediscovered the kind of form which brought him to England prominence during his time at Manchester City.
It is a measure of the extent to which Barton has put his problems behind him that he has won over fans who once reviled him for dragging their club's name through the dirt.
Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi, closely followed by Andy Carroll, a youngster who has had his own share of off-the-field problems, claimed most of the headlines in the wake of last Sunday's stunning 5-1 derby demolition of Sunderland.
However, Barton, as he has been so often so far this season, was at the heart of most of what was good about the Magpies, and went about his business with a smile, rather than a snarl on his face.
Hughton said: "Joey is playing and he is playing well, and there is nothing players like more than that.
"People can say whatever they want to say about money and cars and all of these things - what players want more than anything is to be playing and playing well, and Joey is doing both."
The current season is Barton's fourth on Tyneside since he made his #5.8million switch from City after effectively being shown the door in the wake of his training ground bust-up with Ousmane Dabo.
It has been far from plain sailing since with injuries, a furious bust-up with temporary boss Alan Shearer and, infamously, a spell in prison for assault, having seen him plumb the depths.
But having confronted his demons and worked hard to address them, he has slowly, but surely edged his way back to the point where it is his football and nothing else which is worthy of note.
Hughton said: "He is having a really consistent period at the moment, touch wood, with no injuries.
"He has been a really big player for us this season."
Carroll stuns Gunners
Andy Carroll made headlines for the right reasons as his goal gave Newcastle a shock 1-0 win over title-chasing Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
The England Under-21 striker, tipped to feature in the senior squad for the friendly with France later this month, had started the day on the front pages following allegations about his private life.
However, under the close eye of watching England boss Fabio Capello, the Newcastle number nine headed in what proved to be the winner at the end of the first half.
Although Arsenal twice hit the woodwork through Cesc Fabregas' deflected free-kick and Theo Walcott, the Gunners were well below par and their miserable afternoon was compounded by the dismissal of centre-back Laurent Koscielny in stoppage time for a professional foul.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had also found his personal life under the media spotlight ahead of this fixture.
Nevertheless, the French coach will have expected nothing but 100% focus from his team, whom he felt were complacent when throwing away an early lead in their midweek European tie.
After an initial spell of pressure from Newcastle, Arsenal slowly saw built momentum.
Walcott chased a long pass upfield which was smothered by keeper Tim Krul, before Marouane Chamakh just failed to collect Alex Song's pass at the edge of a crowded penalty area.
Newcastle had been thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in the Carling Cup clash at St James Park a fortnight ago, but went into this game buoyed by their thrashing of local rivals Sunderland.
Arsenal - looking to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea, who play at Liverpool later this afternoon - almost took the lead on 11 minutes when Fabregas' deflected 22-yard free-kick crashed against the crossbar after ricocheting off the wall.
The Gunners captain was then played into the right side of the penalty area, but was quickly crowded out before Walcott's chip across the six-yard box was headed behind.
Arsenal, though, were left frustrated as Newcastle broke up play well, and were awarded a few free-kicks which were delivered direct into the penalty area.
The atmosphere went a bit flat as half-time approached, with Arsenal not really able to get near their usual fluidity.
When Fabregas was slipped in down the right by Samir Nasri, his shot at the near post was blocked into the sidenetting as the home fans continued to grow restless.
The Emirates Stadium, though, almost erupted when Nasri's drive appeared to be heading for the top corner - only for Krul to pull-off a fine one-handed save.
Newcastle took a shock lead on the stroke of half-time when a deep free-kick into the Arsenal box from Joey Barton was met by Carroll, who got there ahead of Lukasz Fabianski to nod the visitors in front.
At the start of the second half, Arsenal hit the woodwork again when Walcott darted into the right side of the area from Jack Wilshere's pass and lashed in an angled drive, which crashed against the underside of the bar with Krul beaten.
Arsenal continued to press, with Song cutting the ball back across the six-yard box, but Chamakh was unable to connect.
With 35 minutes left, Wenger made a change when he sent on Andrey Arshavin to replace Nasri and then introduced Robin van Persie for the Dutchman's first appearance since the end of August after an ankle injury.
Van Persie's first touch was a lovely backheel down the left, with Gael Clichy then delivering a low cross which was just too far ahead of Arshavin.
Newcastle, though, continued to show little regard for reputation as they looked to hold possession in a match which started to become somewhat scrappy as Wilshere was left in a heap following a challenge from Barton, but the referee took no action before defender Mike Williamson send a header wide from a corner.
Wenger's last throw of the dice came with 17 minutes left when Nicklas Bendtner replaced Wilshere.
Arshavin almost weaved his way clear, but Fabricio Coloccini made a saving tackle in the six-yard box.
Arsenal had pace in abundance up front now, but Newcastle continued to hold their ground.
Fabregas' diving header was straight at the keeper following Arshavin's run as Wenger looked to the heavens.
Arsenal threw long balls forwards, but Newcastle were not to be denied a shock victory as the hosts finished with 10 men after centre-half Koscielny was shown a straight red card for hauling down substitute Nile Ranger.
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