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The referee blows for offside. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique is booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Kevin Nolan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
The official flags Kevin Nolan offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Danny Guthrie coming on for Leon Best.
Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. Cheik Tiote grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal.
Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Header by Leon Best from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
The referee shows Emmanuel Eboue a yellow card for dissent. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Francesc Fabregas. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing, Laurent Koscielny challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Joey Barton and scored. Newcastle 3-4 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Mike Williamson.
Bacary Sagna shown a yellow card.
Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from right wing, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Cheik Tiote is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Emmanuel Eboue comes on in place of Theo Walcott.
Danny Simpson produces a cross, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Joey Barton, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Leon Best goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Nile Ranger takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Leon Best finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-4 Arsenal.Sanchez Jose Enrique provided the assist for the goal.
Leon Best is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Nile Ranger replaces Peter Lovenkrands.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Mike Williamson takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Joey Barton takes a short corner.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Kevin Nolan is given a yellow card.
The assist for the goal came from Leon Best.
Wojciech Szczesny receives a yellow card.
Tomas Rosicky on for Andrey Arshavin.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton, Laurent Koscielny gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. Placed penalty scored by Joey Barton. Newcastle 1-4 Arsenal.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Danny Simpson gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Leon Best from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
The official flags Francesc Fabregas offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Kevin Nolan.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Danny Simpson results in a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, save made by Steve Harper.
Theo Walcott is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Danny Simpson takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Corner taken by Joey Barton.
Cheik Tiote challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
Centre by Leon Best.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Joey Barton. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.
Red card for Vassiriki Diaby.
Joey Barton fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Peter Lovenkrands. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
Danny Simpson challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Sebastien Squillaci on for Johan Djourou.
Vassiriki Diaby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Joey Barton has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Jack Wilshere gets a block in. Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Headed effort on goal by Mike Williamson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Robin van Persie takes a shot from 12 yards. Steve Harper makes a save. Francesc Fabregas decides to take a short corner. Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line played to the near post.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Johan Djourou manages to make a clearance.
Leon Best is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Gael Clichy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
Sanchez Jose Enrique concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robin van Persie from right wing, clearance made by Danny Simpson. Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Leon Best is caught offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Fabricio Coloccini misses to the left of the goal.
Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Cheik Tiote. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
Joey Barton delivers the ball.
Joey Barton takes a outswinging corner.
Leon Best is ruled offside. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Newcastle 0-4 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Bacary Sagna.
Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Blocked by Joey Barton.
Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
Francesc Fabregas produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Steve Harper.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Vassiriki Diaby goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Joey Barton.
Johan Djourou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Leon Best has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Leon Best is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a short corner.
Andrey Arshavin produces a cross.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball, Leon Best gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line.
Theo Walcott challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie fires in a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 0-3 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.
The referee blows for offside. Johan Djourou takes the free kick.
Kevin Nolan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Kevin Nolan crosses the ball, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Mike Williamson on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Joey Barton goes wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Danny Simpson results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou scores a headed goal from inside the area. Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal.Assist by Andrey Arshavin.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Robin van Persie. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Theo Walcott scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
Pardew draws line under Carroll saga
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is confident his players will put the furore surrounding Andy Carroll's #35million move to Liverpool to one side at they attempt to secure their top-flight status.
Fans have reacted angrily to the 22-year-old's departure for Anfield during the final hours of the January transfer window, with some blaming the club for allowing him to leave and others venting their fury on the player for turning his back on the Magpies.
Pardew, whose side host Arsenal, said: "Unfortunately, it's one of those things that isn't going to go away for a long period, I shouldn't think.
"We have to deal with that and we have to cope with that. It's not about one player, of course, it's about Newcastle United and we have to be resilient, be strong in our minds that it isn't going to affect us.
"If we start thinking it will, then it most certainly is going to.
"But I just feel the emphasis of the team and the group is strong towards the club, and you will see that in the performance they put out.
"I have no doubt that we will do everything we can to try to beat a very, very good Arsenal team."
The mood on Tyneside was not helped in the immediate aftermath of Carroll's exit by skipper Kevin Nolan, a boyhood Liverpool fan, conducting an interview with the Reds' official television station in which he spoke of his delight for his close friend.
Nolan, who will lead his side into battle against Arsenal at St James' Park, has since apologised for any offence he caused, and insisted he remains as committed as ever to Newcastle.
He told the Journal: "I want to be here. I want to play for this club. If fans don't like what I said, I apologise.
"It was never meant to upset them, but Liverpool is a great club. I will say it again, everyone knows it.
"I am getting sick of the Andy Carroll saga. I want to put it to bed and get on with it.
"The last thing I want to do is start upsetting our fans. They have been brilliant all season, as they were last."
Pardew is equally keen to put the Carroll story behind him, to the extent that, asked how difficult the last week had been, he chose to interpret that as a question about Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat at Fulham.
He now faces the task of selecting and preparing a team to attempt an unlikely league double over the Gunners - Carroll, inevitably, scored the winner in November.
With Shola Ameobi awaiting surgery on a fractured cheekbone, he must do so with a frontline comprising Leon Best, Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands, although he will at least be able to call upon key midfielder Cheik Tiote, back after a ban.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is "100% confident" Manchester United will drop points as the race for the Barclays Premier League title hots up - but warned that will count for nothing if Arsenal do not maintain their own form with victory at Newcastle.
The Gunners head into this weekend's fixtures still within striking distance of the leaders after they came from behind to beat Everton 2-1, while United made it 24 league games without defeat as a double from Wayne Rooney helped them defeat Aston Villa.
Sir Alex Ferguson takes his men to bottom club Wolves at Molineux - a venue where Chelsea have already come unstuck earlier in the season.
Next up is the small matter of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, while United head to Stamford Bridge on March 1 and then Anfield five days later with a showdown against the Gunners at Emirates Stadium set for the end of April.
While Van Persie believes United, currently five points clear, face a tough ask to collect maximum returns from all those key fixtures, the Dutchman accepts first and foremost Arsenal must deliver consistency themselves.
"It is vital to just keep looking at yourself," Van Persie told Arsenal TV Online.
"We all know United's schedule, we know Chelsea's schedule, but the main thing is to just look at our own.
"We have got a tough opponent now at Newcastle away, and so we only need to look at that."
The Dutch striker continued: "I am confident Manchester United will drop points, 100%, because they have big games coming up - they have their own derby, they have games against Chelsea, other big games, so we will see what is going to happen.
"We just have to stick to ourselves and I am confident we can fight until the end."
Magpies complete stunning fightback
Cheik Tiote's first goal in English football secured a remarkable point for Newcastle as they fought back from 4-0 down against 10-man Arsenal to draw 4-4.
The Ivory Coast international pegged back the Gunners with a stunning 87th-minute volley after Joey Barton had scored twice from the penalty spot either side of Leon Best's fourth goal of the season.
Alan Pardew's men were in complete disarray as the Gunners raced into a 4-0 lead at St James' Park within the opening 26 minutes.
Goals from Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and a Robin van Persie double looked to have wrapped up the points and allowed Arsenal to keep the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.
But after midfielder Abou Diaby had been sent off for furiously pushing Barton to the ground after a no-holds-barred 48th-minute challenge, Newcastle, roared on by a crowd of 51,561, pulled off the most unlikely of recoveries.
Life for Newcastle without Andy Carroll had got off to a bad start at Fulham on Wednesday evening, and the mood inside St James' was decidedly ugly by the time 10 chaotic minutes had elapsed.
Arsenal were breathtaking as their pace and movement left the men in black and white at times bewildered.
However, they met little resistance as a Newcastle side which had won 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November showed few signs of producing a similarly dogged display on their own pitch, even with combative midfielder Tiote restored to the side after his three-match ban.
The worry before kick-off had been that, without Carroll, now at Liverpool, and the injured Shola Ameobi, the ball would not stick in the final third of the field and that would invite pressure on to Newcastle's back four.
In the event, neither Carroll nor Ameobi would have made a significant difference as their side saw too little of the ball to worry the Gunners.
They did not see it at all in amid a red and white blizzard as Arsenal had the game under control before they had broken sweat.
Walcott had scored twice in a 4-0 Carling Cup victory on Tyneside in October, and he needed only 42 seconds to increase his tally as he ran on to Andrey Arshavin's pass and slid the ball past Steve Harper with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson trailing in his wake.
There were less than three minutes on the clock when Djourou was inexplicably allowed to meet an Arshavin free-kick seven yards out, and his header flew in off the underside of the crossbar.
When Van Persie fired home a third goal from Walcott's cross in the 10th minute, a packed house settled down for what looked certain to be an agonising remaining 80 minutes.
The first chorus of disapproval aimed at owner Mike Ashley rang around St James' Park as the game restarted.
Wenger's men were simply irresistible, with Cesc Fabregas and Diaby dominating in the middle of the pitch to allow Arshavin, Walcott and Jack Wilshere to repeatedly run at the shell-shocked Newcastle defence.
Arsenal increased their lead with 26 minutes gone when Van Persie headed Bacary Sagna's cross home, and it came as a surprise that the scoreline remained at 4-0 when the half-time whistle handed the Magpies brief respite.
Van Persie might have done better after running on to Williamson's weak header and shooting wide, and Harper managed to turn the Dutchman's shot against the post in injury-time.
But the cracks started to appear after Diaby over-reacted to Barton's rugged challenge and pushed him to the ground to earn an inevitable red card.
Newcastle took the Frenchman's untimely departure as their cue to step up a gear, and they got their reward after 68 minutes when, after Koscielny had brought down Best inside the box, Barton converted from the penalty spot to at least give the more optimistic members of the Toon Army some hope.
Alarm bells started ringing for the Gunners when Best struck from close range with 15 minutes remaining, and when Barton drilled home a second penalty with seven minutes to play, a point was there for the taking.
Tiote saved the best for last when he lashed an 87th-minute left-footed volley into the bottom left corner to complete a remarkable repair job.
Kevin Nolan might even have won the game for Newcastle in injury-time, but that was a little too much to ask.
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