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Paul Dummett takes a shot and cleared the goal.
The referee ends the match.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.
Santi Cazorla takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Cheick Tiote gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Tomas Rosicky.
Yoan Gouffran goes off and Adam Armstrong comes on.
Clearance made by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
The ball is swung over by Lukas Podolski.
Cheick Tiote takes the free kick.
Moussa Sissoko fouled by Mathieu Flamini, the ref awards a free kick.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Yaya Sanogo.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on for Mathieu Debuchy.
Yaya Sanogo is brought on as a substitute for Olivier Giroud.
The ball is sent over by Nacho Monreal.
Cheick Tiote manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Santi Cazorla.
Foul by Paul Dummett on Santi Cazorla, free kick awarded.
Cheick Tiote takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Bacary Sagna booked for dissent.
Paul Dummett fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick.
Aaron Ramsey goes off and Tomas Rosicky comes on.
Mesut Ozil goes off and Mathieu Flamini comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Yoan Gouffran.
Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Yoan Gouffran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.
Olivier Giroud gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini.
Shola Ameobi is brought on as a substitute for Dan Gosling.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Olivier Giroud heads the ball into the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Mesut Ozil.
Yoan Gouffran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud.
Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
Mesut Ozil challenges Vurnon Anita unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Foul by Santi Cazorla on Cheick Tiote, free kick awarded.
Centre by Santi Cazorla.
Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
Centre by Paul Dummett.
Yoan Gouffran takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny fumbles the ball.
Header at goal by Bacary Sagna to the left of the net.
The ball is crossed by Mesut Ozil.
Lukas Podolski restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheick Tiote on Santi Cazorla.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot and cleared the goal.
Free kick crossed by Santi Cazorla.
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Ramsey.
Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Per Mertesacker fouled by Loic Remy, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by Mike Williamson.
Nacho Monreal sends in a cross.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna.
Mesut Ozil grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle.
Olivier Giroud takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tim Krul parries the ball away.
Lukas Podolski sends in a cross.
Dan Gosling manages to make a clearance.
Header at goal by Lukas Podolski to the left of the net.
Clearance made by Cheick Tiote.
Mathieu Debuchy takes a shot and went wide right of the target.
Aaron Ramsey is booked.
Cheick Tiote has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.
The ball is sent over by Loic Remy.
Loic Remy crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Bacary Sagna on Yoan Gouffran, free kick awarded.
Foul by Yoan Gouffran on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded.
Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Moussa Sissoko.
Header at goal by Bacary Sagna. Paul Dummett gets a block in.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mesut Ozil.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line.
Lukas Podolski has an effort at goal. Tim Krul parries the effort to safety.
Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Laurent Koscielny.
Moussa Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Olivier Giroud.
Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
The official flags Olivier Giroud offside.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Mesut Ozil takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Santi Cazorla.
Clearance by Paul Dummett.
Shot by Vurnon Anita. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Yoan Gouffran delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Krul by Lukas Podolski.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Santi Cazorla.
Loic Remy challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Yoan Gouffran.
The ball is sent over by Mathieu Debuchy.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
Wenger ready for battle
Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must prepare for a battle and forget about Newcastle's poor recent form ahead of Monday night's clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The Magpies have suffered five consecutive defeats to slip down towards mid-table and put scrutiny on the position of manager Alan Pardew, who will return to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban.
By contrast, Arsenal have secured back-to-back defeats following their dramatic FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan at Wembley to take control of securing Champions League qualification ahead of Everton, who lost ground after defeat at Southampton on Saturday.
Wenger, though, urged against any sense of complacency.
"You know that Newcastle have quality, so of course we have to prepare like we will face a Premier League battle," the Arsenal manager said.
"The exciting thing in the Premier League is that everybody fights for every game and we have to prepare for that.
"We have come back [with] a better display in our offensive quality which brings confidence, so that is what we want to build on now."
Captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to be available again after sitting out the 3-0 win at Hull with a hamstring problem.
Midfielder Abou Diaby made a welcome return from a serious knee injury when he played for the under-21 side in midweek, but will not be rushed back after reporting a minor groin problem.
Newcastle looked odds-on to secure a top-half finish when they trounced Stoke 5-1 at St James' Park on Boxing Day, but the wheels have fallen off since.
They have lost their last five league games and 12 of the last 17 to claim a paltry return of 13 points from a possible 51. That record sent them into the weekend in ninth place, but only two points better off than the Potters in 10th.
Given their current form, the Magpies would appear to have little chance of stopping the rot at the Emirates Stadium, despite the return of Moussa Sissoko to the squad after injury.
Hatem Ben Arfa is fit too, but has found himself out of favour in recent weeks amid rumours of a bust-up with the manager.
However, Pardew is confident that his team can have a say in the shake-up at both ends of the table during what remains of a difficult campaign, with Cardiff and Liverpool also still to play.
Asked about the prospects for achieving Mike Ashley's goal, he said: "I hope we can get the results that we need.
"Maybe three, maybe four points will probably secure it, and we need to get those in three tough games.
"They have all got something on them. We can be a real hindrance to Arsenal and Liverpool, and Cardiff as well, so that's what we have to focus on, ourselves really."
In the short term, ending a depressing run of results and winning over critics will be the only aim, with the manager admitting they have simply not been good enough in recent weeks.
Pardew, who saw his team lose 2-1 to Swansea at the death last weekend, said: "We need a result, of course we do. Every game in the Premier League is very important, whether you are the Newcastle manager or the Arsenal manager.
"What I do know is for us, our recent run has not been good enough for our fans - they have made that very, very clear - and it certainly hasn't been good enough for me and my staff, and I include the players in that.
"They are desperate to get a win and I think a little bit of desperation last week cost us the game because what we did towards the end of the game was a sign of a team that hasn't won for a while.
"We just need to get it all right and, if we can get it all right, we can get a result, even at Arsenal."
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