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The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Robin van Persie receives a caution. Tim Krul is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Thomas Vermaelen scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Aaron Ramsey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Laurent Koscielny. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a fantastic save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Shot by Kieran Gibbs from just outside the area goes over the net.
Centre by Hatem Ben Arfa.
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa from the left by-line played to the near post, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonas Gutierrez is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie crosses the ball, Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Danny Simpson. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line played to the near post.
Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Clearance by Danny Simpson.
Demba Ba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex Song takes the free kick.
Hatem Ben Arfa concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. The ball is swung over by Mikel Arteta, Yao Gervinho produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Danny Guthrie coming on for Cheick Tiote.
Shola Ameobi challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Shot by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Demba Ba. Booking for Laurent Koscielny. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Aaron Ramsey replaces Tomas Rosicky.
Foul by Mikel Arteta on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Jonas Gutierrez. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes off and Yao Gervinho comes on.
Foul by Mikel Arteta on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Cheick Tiote challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick. Cheick Tiote is cautioned.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Tim Krul. Shola Ameobi replaces Gabriel Obertan.
Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Cheick Tiote. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Effort on goal by Mikel Arteta from 18 yards. Blocked by Cheick Tiote.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Cheick Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
James Perch concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Robin van Persie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from outside the box goes over the target.
Theo Walcott is caught offside. James Perch restarts play with the free kick.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Drilled right-footed shot by Cheick Tiote. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
James Perch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Davide Santon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Robin van Persie.
Cheick Tiote challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. Yohan Cabaye delivers the ball, Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny. Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye played to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Shot from long distance by Yohan Cabaye misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Davide Santon. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Robin van Persie shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Tim Krul.
Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Newcastle.Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.
Goal scored by Hatem Ben Arfa from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Obertan.
Theo Walcott produces a cross, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini. Centre by Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Cheick Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Foul by Robin van Persie on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Yohan Cabaye challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Demba Ba on Thomas Vermaelen. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in. Yohan Cabaye takes a short corner.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Robin van Persie. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Wenger warns against complacency
Arsene Wenger insists there is no danger of complacency as Arsenal look to finish a difficult campaign by securing a top four place in the Barclays Premier League.
The Gunners go into Monday'ss home clash with Newcastle aiming to close on third-placed Tottenham, who were beaten at Everton, and put distance between themselves and Chelsea, who beat Stoke on Saturday.
Arsenal have found some consistency in recent weeks, winning four from their last five Premier League games, which included back-to-back victories over Spurs and Liverpool.
Having crashed out of the FA Cup at Sunderland and been unable to overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit against AC Milan in the Champions League, despite the morale-boosting 3-0 home win, Wenger knows his men must retain focus if they are to stay the course.
"As a group, we have learned from what happened at the end of last season - you learn from every disappointment," said Wenger, who saw the previous campaign quickly unravel following a shock defeat in the Carling Cup final to Birmingham at Wembley.
"The team knows, subconsciously, that to finish in the top four this season requires fantastic fight, whereas maybe that was taken for granted towards the end of last year.
"That is the difference - this year we know we have to fight to get in there."
Wenger added: "There is no danger of complacency now, like there could have been a little bit in the league last season.
"We know that we have a massive task in front of us in the Premier League
"We set ourselves the target of going right until the end of the season and take it game by game.
"I believe that we have been very consistent in the last 18 or 19 games.
"We have created a momentum with our last few wins, but we want to keep that going. because it is fragile at the top
"Liverpool are a good side, but they are seventh in the league, so it is difficult for everyone."
Wenger is expecting a stern challenge from Newcastle, who themselves are not out of contention to gatecrash the top four.
He said: "First of all they play with a fantastic attitude, but basically what they have done very well is that they bought well. That is one of the secrets in our game.
"[Yohan] Cabaye was a very good buy, with [Hatem] Ben Arfa, [Demba] Ba, [Papiss] Cisse. All their buys were successful."
Brazil full-back Andre Santos could return to the Arsenal squad after recovering from a broken ankle.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta is available having been rested for the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan because of a blow to the head at Liverpool, while Wales captain Aaron Ramsey (ankle) should also be involved.
Yossi Benayoun has been out with a virus, while there were no other fresh injuries from midweek. Abou Diaby (hamstring), defender Francis Coquelin (hamstring), centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) remain sidelined.
Newcastle have 11 games in which to secure a place in Europe, but even if they miss out, their second campaign back in the big time will have been largely successful both on and off the pitch.
Manager Alan Pardew has built a squad he believes is competitive, if far from complete, and has done so on a budget which has allowed the club to fall only just short - to the tune of #3.9million - of breaking even.
The fact that they are still involved at the top end of the table at a stage in the season where most expected them to have fallen away after an impressive start is testament to the efforts of Pardew and his players.
However, they will arrive at the Emirates Stadium knowing they will have their work cut out to add to their points tally, and certainly to repeat last season's 1-0 win there.
The Gunners have won their last three games - against Tottenham, Liverpool and AC Milan - in thrilling style with striker Robin van Persie having scored four times in the process to take his tally for the campaign to 32.
Ameobi said: "He is the best striker, the best number nine - I say number nine, but he is playing as a number nine this season - there is at the moment.
"He is technically brilliant, a top, top-class player and he is banging in the goals.
"He is a real threat every time he is on the pitch, and it will be a pleasure to try to stop him on Monday night."
Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands could miss the rest of the season after he suffered a suspected ruptured thigh muscle.
The Denmark international is definitely out of the trip and could even have played his last game for the club with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign.
Pardew otherwise has no fresh injury concerns, with Ameobi having recovered from the bout of illness which limited him to the substitutes' bench last weekend.
Pardew has just long-term absentees Leon Best and Sammy Ameobi (both knee), Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) still missing.
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