2018 September

Arsenal vs Middlesbrough: My FA Cup giant killers have lost element of surprise admits Karanka

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Aitor Karanka has admitted Boro won't be able to surprise Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup clash. The Spaniard has led his side to a and a , before losing 14-13 in a marathon penalty shoot-out, this season. Those two results mean top of the Championship Boro have shown they can match anyone in the FA Cup fifth round – even Arsene Wenger's Gunners at their Emirates HQ in north London. Boro boss Karanka said: "I think Liverpool could have been a surprise, Man City was a surprise, but now everybody knows Middlesbrough. "We played very well against City – very defensive, but very goocontent_imgd – we are top of the table now so for them it is not going to be a surprise. "It is going to be difficult, very difficult. "Arsenal are another Champions League team with an amazing squad, you can say that they have some players injured but they still have a very strong squad. "It's a good challenge for us, and for everybody to watch Middlesbrough again. "The main thing is that my players are ready to play. Whether it be Blackpool, Man City, Arsenal, I have 22 players always ready. "The trick is to keep the ball against them. Again, we're going there to play, in the way we know we can, and we're going to try to win. Always knowing that it's going to be difficult. "I don't think they can complain about their squad. We don&apteta has already made a big difference at Arsenal.The Gunners have not won in Arteta’s first two games in charge, which included a home loss to Chelsea on Sunday.But Aubameyang is confident the Spaniard is making some positive changes.”We need to makos;t have Adam Forshaw or Tamas Kalas, er Stegen and Barcelona have suspended new contract talks.Barca have been pushing for several weeks to reach terms with the Germany goalkeeper over a new deal to 2024.However, Sport says negotiations have now been put on-hold during the LaLiga’s corowhile Arsenal don't have Alexis Sanchez." Who will win this one?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

On song Canaries deserve England call ups, says Holt

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Grant Holt reckons more Norwich players should be rewarded with international call-ups. The Canaries striker notched his 10th goal of the season against Manchester United to draw level with Swansea’s Danny Graham as the ­top-scoring uncapped Englishman in the Premielighted with their 2-0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Fans were behind the side from before kick-off, making up for the recent whistles aimed at Koke by singing his name during the warm-up.”I’m very happy with how the game was played,” he sacontent_imgier League. But the 30-year-old believes more City players should have been called up this week. “I don’t think it is round the corner,” Holt said. “Myself and Danny got overlooked in this squad. But you have got to keep doing what you are doing, scoring goals, churning performances out. “If you look, there are a few [Norwich players] who have the right to be ­disappointed. “Wes ­Hoolahan hasn’t had an Ireland cap for the last two years, but has been by far the best Irish player for a long time. “Anthony Pilkington and John Ruddy were ­overlooked [by England], and people might say it is because it’s Norwich. We are not at a big club so that is maybe what it is. “But the lads have all got to keep doing it for Noe of shares, reports, /.Boston-based American businessman James Pallotta has been trying to build the club a new stadium in order to boost revenue as it currently shares the Stadio Olimpico with city rivals Lazio. However, Roma’s president and chairmrwich and see where it takes us.” City’s Steve Morison and Andrew Crofts are in the Wales squad, Russell Martin is with Scotland, while defender Ryan Bennett got a call up for the England Under-21s. England have nothing to fear from Psycho, insists Milner Three is the tragic number for injured England striker  Downing backs Carroll to make England return

Premier League RECAP: Goals, analysis and action from Arsenal, Man City and all the Saturday 3pm kick-offs

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New Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Inter Miami has made a number of new appointments, reports, /.Chris Allan as vice president community engagement, Jean Manuel Jimenez as vice president digital, content and broadcast, Jacklyne Ramos as vice p Bridge says Luke Shaw should be in the England squad.The Manchester United defender has been ignored for this summer’s Nations League squad.”I think Luke Shaw’s a brilliant player,” Bridgecontent_img told PA. “I think he had a nasty, nasty injury (a double lresident communications, Erik Rash as vice president commercial partnerships and Rob Zuer as vice president ticket sales and services.

No new injury worries for Jose Mourinho ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Hull on Saturday

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Chelsea have no new injury concerns ahead of their trip to Hull City this Saturday. Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic are missing until the end of the month with their respective calf and knee problems, while Marco van Ginkel remains a long-term absentee. Kevin de Bruyne is unlikely to feature as his move away from Stamford Bridge starts to gather pace. Samuel Eto'o could retain his place up front for , while Eden Hazard could return in place of Willion to sign a contract extension with Manchester United.The midfielder agreed terms on a four-year deal earlier in the summer.And Marcos Pereira has revealed the Norwegian told the 23-year-old that he was part of his long-term plcontent_imgans.”The trainer spokean following 's inclusion in in the FA Cup. Cech, Cole, Luiz, Essien, Ramires, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, an is eyeing the job at David Beckham’s Inter Miami.After a colourful career which also included early spells on the continent at Real Sociedad in Spain and Greece with Larissa — where he did not get paid in six months — he has a desire to go oveBertrand.

See you in court! Tribunal to settle row over Lambert’s Norwich exit

Aston Villa face a stormy Premier League tribunal with Norwich as their bitter rowwill surpass Wayne Rooney’s record goal number for England, according to Chris Sutton.Kane went up to 25 goals with a hat-trioss Manuel Pellegrini can understand the jeers last night for defeat to Arsenal.The Hammers were competitive until their collapse in the final half-hour for the 3-1 home loss.Pellegrini said: “I understand the boos because in the last four or five ck against Bulgaria on Saturday.He has just under half of Rooney’s record tally of 53.Writing in the Daily Mail, former Chels looks set to drag on. New Villa boss Paul Lambert is being backed by the League Managers’ Association over his decision to quit Carrow Road. Lambert claims he had a clause in his contract allowing him to speak to other clubs wcontent_imghich Norwich chief ­executive David McNally ignored. The manager feels McNally tried to wriggle out of it on a ­technicality and he believes he was well within his contractual rights to then resign. But as Villa have paid no compensation for Lambert, Norwich are fuming. A Premier League tribunal now looks set to decide the matter.

Sunderland v Morecambe team news: Fletcher and Johnson in line for first starts

Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher could be handedcontent_img Sunderland debuts against Morecambe in tomorrow night's Capital One Cup second-round tie. Fletcher, who signed hours before Johnson on Friday, was in the squad for Saturday's postponed Babout his reasons for leaving Marcos Alonso out of his Chelsea teams.The Spanish left back has struggled to earn game time since Lampard took over in the summer.The 28-year-old has not played a game since November 5, when he came off at half-time agairclays Premier League clash with Reading, but the winger completed his move too late to be included. Manager Martinwcastle United boss Steve Bruce admits he feels for the players he couldn’t register to their Premier League squad.Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry all missed out.While Aarons and Lazaar have since secured lo O'Neill will once again be without Wes Brown (knee ligaments), Phil Bardsley and David Vaughan (both ankle). Provisional squad: Westwood, Mignolet, Cuellar, O'Shea, Bramble, Richardson, Kilgallon, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Meyler, Elmohamady, Campbell, Saha, Fletcher, Wickham, Ji.

Arsenal launch FA Cup competition for last 16 tickets – before playing Fourth Round tie

Arsenal's team were left red-faced after launching a competition to win tickets for the last 16 of the competition – before the club have even played their Fourth Round tie with Brighton. Twitter team posted a message: "Win tickets to the next Round of the FA Cup by porcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has explained going with Ousmane Dembele over Ansu Fati for their 0-0 draw with Champions League opponents Slavia Prague.Barca struggled on the night and were jeered off the pitch bu home fans.Valverde stated, “It was asting your photos with #FACupAdventure", to their followers on Friday morning. Unsurprisingly, the slip-up was criticised with many suggesting Arsenal are taking lightly this weekend. The tweet was quickly removed ahead of Sunday's clash at the Amex Stadium, which comes after last weekend's 2-0 win over Manchester City. Brighton have been strugglingcontent_img in the Championship this season but will go into the clash upbeat after enjoying a 3-2 win over promotion-chasing Ipswich on Wednesday. What do you reckon this incidens of Manchester United.The player and his agent are pushing for an exit from Old Trafford this summer, with Real Madrid and Juventus both keen on the World Cup winner.That didn’t stop Pogba scoring a cracking goal during United’s mini-match at the WAt was a case of?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Valencia 0-3 Swansea: Ruthless Swans make numerical advantage count to get off to a flyer in Europa League

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Swansea City recorded one of the most famous wins in their history as their Europa League campaign began with a dismantling of ten-man Valencia. The home side were forced to play 80 minutes with a man disadvantage after defender Adil Rami saw red for hauling down Wilfried Bony. The striker went on to give Swansea the lead in the 14th minute with his fifth goal in eight games, firing home with the help of a deflection. Michu and a wonderful Jonathan de Guzman frcontent_imgee-kick completed the scoring in the second half as cruised to victory at a stunned Mestalla. There have been more important victoriesimpressed last season on-loan at Sporting CP and is eager to remain in Europe.O Jogo says Newcastle and Real Betis are among clubs eyeing the midfielder, though the Serbia international’s €5m salary at Guangzhou is proving a stumbling block.But wit in Swansea's 101 years, but there will have been few as eye-catching as this, adding another remarkable chapter to their remarkable rise from League Two to theew Real Madrid signing Alphonse Areola is delighted to be taking the No1 shirt.The on-loan PSG goalkeeper says he’s excited to wear the shirt.”The number one represents a lot at this club,” Areola said at his presentation on Friday.”[Iker] Casillas w Premier League, Capital One Cup glory and this European campaign. Valencia, two-time Champions League finalists, had only lost to English opponents on three previous occasions here, but they were in trouble from the moment Rami saw red. Bony threatened to race clear of the Frenchman, and the referee quickly had the card out of his pocket as Bony went to ground. The Ivory Coast international got the opener shortly after as Alejando Pozuelo and Michu combined for him to rifle home. Pozuelo, an exciting presence throughout, was involved again when his excellent pass teed up Michu for the second in the 58th minute. And De Guzman rounded matters off with a spectacular strike four minutes later to leave the Welsh club in dreamland.

Arsene Wenger: New Arsenal signing Krystian Bielik won’t play for senior team this season

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made his debut for Arsenal's U18s on Saturday in front of the watchful eye of . Despite impressing in the early exchanges, Bielik made an error which led to a goal for visiting opponents Norwich City. The 17-year-old was bundled off the ball just outside the Gunners' penalty area – a position from which the Canaries went on to score from. Frans de Kat's young Gunners ended up losing the match 3-1 – a result which leaves them second from bottom in the U18 Premier League South Group. Wenger won&Sassuolo face a battle to keep hold of Gianluca Scamacca.The young striker, 21, is the subject of serious interest from AC Milan and Benfica.Both clubs have had opening offers turned down, with Sassuolo seeking €25m to sell.Scamacca is currently on loan with Ascoli, where he has scored 10 goals in 17 games between Serie B and the Coppa Italia.Sky Italia says Benfica’s initial bid was for €10m.apos;t be too concerned by Bielik's error though. In a recent match programme he praised the youngster's performances in training since joining. He wrote: "Krystian Bielik is building up his fitness. The first signs we have seen are very positive. "He’s a very strong player, he’s 17, he has a very good technical level and looks intelligent. But we’ll have to give him a little time to settle and adapt." However, Wenger did confirm that he doesn't think Bielik will be ready for a first-team aws where Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba plans to move.Pogba’s future is up in the air at United, with Real Madrid and Juventus both keen.Former Juve coach Conte was seen in conversation with Pogba before Inter’s defeat to United in Singaporeppearance before the end of the season. "He'll play for the under-18s tomorrow. I don't think he will make his first-team debut this season," said Wenger. Bielik from Legia Warsaw in January for a fee of arcontent_imgound £2m. Will Krystian Bielik play for Arsenal's first-team before the end of the season?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup linked with the Real Madrid job amid dispute over transfer targets

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Michael Laudrup is set to quit as Swansea manager, despite the club's insistence he IS being backed over transfer targets. and again , Laudrup is unhappy that the Welsh side do not share his views on the calibre of playeLeague striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher has announced his retirement.Taylor-Fletcher has announced his retirement at the age of 38.In a 20-year career he played 575 times in the top five divisions of English football, scoring 120 goals.He will be best rer he believes is required to continue their impressive rise. Chairman Huw Jenkins admits he has not sat down with the charismatic Dane to discuss transfer strategy since the end of the season. In that time, – who face the added challenge of Europa league football next season after winning the League Cup – have already missed out on £7.7million-rated . And while Laudrup believes they should be in for the likes of £15m-rated Sevilla marksman Alvaro Negredo and St Etienne striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, the Swansea board are said to prefer lower-profile targets. Jenkins defended his position on Thursday, as he on a Bosman free transfer. The Swans supremo said: "The important thing, and a factor that has always been vitally important for us, is that we sign players who want to play for Swansea City for footballing reasons. "If not, then we move on to the next target. I think most people will agree that it is a policy that has served this football club, and more importantly our fans, well over the last decade. "We have built up a strong reputation over the last few years at Swansea and I believe we have gone about our business in the right way. "We have to remain strong for the sake of our supporters and make sure this proud reputation is protected at all costs. "It is true that I have not sat down with our manager since the last game of the season against Fulham, but that's because we have both been away on holidays at different times. "It doesn&apoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Gazzetta dello Sport says while reports of an offer of €95m are wide of mark, City are preparing an offer for the Senegal international.Koulibaly is aware of City’s interest and is excited by the prospect of moving toos;t mean we haven't spoken – I've had numerous conversations with Michael over the phone and there's been no difference of opinion on our original transfer targets." It came as Laudrup was again linked with the Real Madrid job. Real's president, Florentino Perez, appeared to suggest that former AC Milan and Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti – the red-hot favourite to succeed Jose Mourinho after winning the French league with Paris Saint-Germain last season – may not be certain to get the job. Perez told a Spanish TV show: "I wocontent_imguld prefer someone who already knows the club, the team so as not to lose time in that sense. "We are studying possibilities that no-one could imagine." While Ancelotti has no previous connection with the Bernabeu giants, Laudrup spent two years there as a player in the 1990s and helped Real win the title. The 48-year-old Dane has also already coached in Spain, at Getafe and Real Mallorca.

Swansea’s Graham out to ruin his dad’s day

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Danny Graham aims to start a family feud and end Swansea’s travel sickness by shooting down boyhood team Newcastle. The Swansea striker’s father is a season-ticket holder at St James’ Park and most of his relatives and friends are also die-hard members of the Toon Army. Brendan Rodgers’ men are yet to secure a debut Premier League away win this season, but club-record signing Graham reckons he can break their duck by scoring on his return to the north-east. The Geordie, 26, said: “It will be nice to go home and play against the team I supported as a kid. I was a die-hard Newcastle fan and used to go every week with my dad, stepdad and other family members. “There will be about 40 ohey fail to defeat Arsenal.Willian says Chelsea must not be distracted by the controversy of the game being played in far-away Azerbaijan.He said: “It doesn’t matter where we play. It doesn’t matter whether the season has finished or not. We have tr 50 of them sitting in the Newcastle sections this weekend and I’ve also got some tickets in the Swansea section. “I remember the days when we beat Barcelona in the Champions League and (Faustino) Asprilla scored a hat-trick. They were good memories but they will go out the window on Saturday. "I want to win, score and put one over on all my friends and family. “Scoring the winner at St James’ Park would be a career highlight alongside making my professional debut. "I would certainly celebrate.” Graham, who cost £3.5million from Watford last summer, is expected to return to the team icontent_imgn place of Leroy LitYosuke Ideguchi has returned to Gamba Osaka after a disappointing spell with Leeds United.The Japan international joined Leeds from the J-League outfit in January 2018.But he failed to make a first team appearance for the club.Ideguchi spent time on loan at Cultural Leonesa and SpVgg Greuther Fürth.a after bagging his fifth goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Fulham last weekend. * Would you like to know more?: Team news: Newcastle sweat on trio; Allen is back for Swansea  Simon Bird's Premier League previews and predictions (Week 16)


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Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is being urged to make up his mind on a move to North London.The Spaniard has offers from both Arsenal and Tottenham.Real are only willing to allow Ceballos tcontent_imgo leave on a season-long loan.AS says the decision rests on the 23-year-old on who he wants to join.Los Blancos expectlder Paul Pogba has had his ankle cast removed.The World Cup winner has been sidelined since the end of September after aggravating a long-standing ankle issue in Utd’s 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal in the Premier League.The France international subseq the situation to be resolved sometime this week.

The heat is on: Why Merseyside derby victory is crucial to Everton’s Europa League hopes

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"It's just another derby." That's how Leighton Baines is attempting to play down the significance of Sunday's showdown at Anfield. Baines claims "there's no added importance because it's at the end of the season" when in fact the opposite is true. Baines' thinking is understandable and he's trying to relieve some of the pressure, which will build on him and his team-mates as Sunday approaches. Despite the best efforts of the England defender, who was rightly voted in the PFA Team of the Year, Sunday's game against Liverpool is huge for the Blues. Firstly, it's a derby and every derby is big because of the baggage, which goes winchester United defender Chris Smalling is willing to take a pay cut to join Roma permanently.The England centre-back has spent this season on loan with the Italian capital club.And now Smalling wants to move there permanently, and will give up some th this fixture, on Merseyside. Secondly, Everton are still fighting to qualify for the Europa League and so they need three points from this game. Thirdly, David Moyes is still trying to keep us guessing over his future beyond May 19. Although I feel he will end up staying and signing a new contract, beating Liverpool in the derby would help persuade him Everton are going in the right direction. Fourthly, because a win would virtually ensure that Everton would finish above Liverpool for a second successive season, which is something they have not achieved since the Reds returned to the top flight under Bill Shankly in 1962. Fifthly, and perhaps most importantly for me, Everton need to prove they've got the bottle to beat Liverpool. For all of Moyes' success at Goodison Park, his record in the derby is pitiful. It reads, P24 W4 D7 L13. And he's never won at Anfield. In fact you have to go back to the last millennium to find Everton's last win in the Reds' backyard and September 1999. Moyes has also never won a leaged with his move to Inter Milan.Inter have paid €20m to Tottenham for the Dane, who has signed a deal to 2024.”I couldn’t wait to join, it’s wonderful to be here and I’m happy to be a new Inter player,” Eriksen told InterTV. “I’m very excited andue game at Arsenal, Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and that tells you that Everton seem to have a problem performing in these big away games. Sure, they've beaten all these sides at a raucous Goodison content_imgPark over the years, and beaten them all well. But they can't do it away from home and that is something they must address if they are going to continue to grow as a team. Anfield would be the perfect place to start and a win over Liverpool would speak volumes about how much Everton have evolved. Everton also need to put to rest the ghosts of last season's painful FA Cup semi-final defeat when they beat themselves against Liverpool. Those ghosts were in evidence at Goodison Park earlier this season when, despite going into the derby as the form team, they were only saved from defeat by a dodgy late decision against Luis Suarez. The Blues need to prove they are a top team by showing they have the mental strength to win at Anfield. So for them, this is not just another derby.

Desperate Dan: Welbeck dying to score again for Manchester United after two goals in 37 games this season

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Danny Welbeck has admitted he must score more goals to safeguard his Manchester United place. Welbeck, 22, has scored just twice this season, despite making 37 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Those two goals came in October against Stoke and away to Real Madrid in February with Welbeck, who has scored more for England this season, aware he must find the net more frequently for . “The one thing I want to do is score more goals,” said Welbeck. “I think my performances have been more consistent [for United]. “I hcontent_imgaven’t always played in my preferred position but playing in different areas e has no regrets over his tough spell with Newcastle United.Doumbia appeared only three times for Newcastle during the 2015-16 season.But the FC Sion striker told the Evening Chronicle: “I was confident because looking back at the seasons before, I uallows you to develop an understanding of the other attacking positions which can only benefit you as a player.” One of the highlight’s of Welbeck’s season was his headed goal in United’s 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu, although Ferguson’s side went out in the return leg, losing 2-1 at Old Trafford. “It was a massive day for the club and for myself,” said Welbeck, who made his 100th United appearance in Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City. “The manager picked the team that he thought could go out and get the result and we had chances to win the game there. “Ultimately the tie ended in big disappointment for us, but I was pleased with my performance at the Bernabeu and it was an experience I’ll never forget. “It’s always great to be playing in the big games, but I want to play in every game. Of course, it gives you confidence, but it’s something I just try to take in my stride while focusing on continuing to improve and develop as a pevi Lumeka.The Portuguese outfit have snapped up Lumeka on a two-year contract.Lumeka said, “It’s a good opportunity for me to play for Varzim.”It’s a good club, ambitious. It’s a new step in my career, I’m very motivated and eager to show the fans wlayer.”

Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle: Gunners come from behind again to win in stoppage time

When you keep on pulling them out at the death, they feel even better. A fourth successive come from behind win, three of them in injury time, this one the latest of the lot. Even Arsene Wenger must have been starting to lose hope, Harry Redknapp beginning to crack a smile, when Arsenal began the last-gasp, desperation attack in the final seconds of stoppage time. After all, Newcastle had given everything, riding their luck perhaps but showing the resolve and resistance that Alan Pardew has bred in his side. But that effort had drained them, Danny Simpson a passenger at the other end of the park as Arsenal broke one last time, for Thomas Vermaelen, popping up where no central defender would normally be lurking, even in desperation, to make himself the conquering hero. Just like Thierry Henry at Sunderland and Robin Van Persie at Anfield, Vermaelen was the man in the right place, sliding home from six yards having burst 80 yards to be there. This, though, was an evening when, rather than Van Persie – who revelled in Tim Krul's frustrations after a running verbal contest – the key man was the one whose reputation among the Emirates fans has been a lightning rod for Arsenal's season. Theo Walcott was being jeered from all corners a few weeks ago, before the double against Spurs that may come to be viewed as the turning point of the entire campaign. And on Monday night, from the first minute, when he set up a chance Van Persie would normally have backed himself to convert, to the 95th when his centre was smashed home by Vermaelen, Walcott was simply unstoppable. Having grilled Davide Santon on toast throughout the first half, he went out and did the same to James Perch after the break, two left backs both destroyed by Walcott's pace, invention and determination. That in itself made this a deserved triumph, although it was hard not to feel sorry for Newcastle, whose sheer effort and defiance perhaps merited its own reward. In the end, they got nothing, surely, now, out of the fight for fourth. Arsenal, though, are now truly tnitez about a possible return to the Premier League this season, Sky Sports News understands.Benitez remains focused on making a success of his time in China but expects to manage in England again, possibly as soon as next season.The Spaniard, who eaargeting third, just a point behind Spurs when the deficit stood in double figures just 17 days ago, the wind in their sails just as Tottenham look to be running out of puff. It may have seemed very different had Newcastle seen out the last few seconds at the end of a dramatic encounter which Arsenal might have won at a canter had they taken their chances. Even before Hatem Ben Arfa put the travelling Toon Army in ecstasy, receiving from Gabriel Obertan and moving inside Kieran Gibbs to smash between Wojciech Szczesny and his near post, Van Persie should have scored from that initial Walcott cross and then miskicked after getting in behind Mike Williamson. But within 53 seconds of going behind, Arsenal were level – without Newcastle touching the ball. Tomas Rosicky – also excellent throughout – slid through to Walcott, the cross sucked in Williamson as Van Persie took one touch to ease into space, a second to steady himself and a third to unerringly find the bottom corner for his 33rd of the season and 26th in the Premier League. After that it was all about Arsenal – and Newcastle defending for their lives – as a series of chances came and went, especially after the break. Rosicky headed at Kurl, who saved twice from Van Persie when he was set up by the Czech playmaker, who blotted his copybook with a shocking effort miles wide after thrilling link-up play with Walcott. Then the late siege. Van Persie, fed by Gibbs, drilled across the face of goal, substitute Gervinho was horribly wide from no distance, Vermaelen's header was turned over the top, Walcott demanded a penalty in vain as his effort was deflected wide. Surely, this time, there would be no late drama, as the clock ticked into the final minute. Enter Walcott, with his last chance to run at the retreating back line, playing into the danger area where the ball looped up for Vermaelen to crash past the exposed Krul. Van Persie poured salt in the keeper's gaping wounds, taunting him over perceived prior time-wasting, forcing Howard Webb to produce cards for them both. Wcontent_imghat mattered, though, for Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea and Spurs, was what Vermaelen had done. The ramifications of that could make all the difference. John Cross's Big Match Verdict: Newcastle's London struggles continue, but Pardew still has plenty to celebrate about thfrom Southampton to Arsenal was negotiated by the minute, it has been revealed.Alan Gernon explained a clause in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Reds deal in his book, The Transfer Market: The Inside Stories.”Following Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Arsenal is season  Tweet my Goal! The best gags from Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle