Five classic encounters: Newcastle

1: Saturday 9 December 2000

Arsenal 5 Vs 0 Newcastle

Ray Parlour scored a hat-trick as Arsenal demolished a poor Newcastle side at Highbury.

Thierry Henry gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead after just 13 minutes and Kanu set up Parlour to make it two on the quarter hour.

Kanu then grabbed his goal on 52 minutes to wrap up victory before Parlour stole the show.

The ‘Romford Pele’ headed home his second late on before sealing a perfect day for Arsenal with the last kick of the game making it 5-0.


2: Saturday February 5 2011

Newcastle 4 Vs 4 Arsenal

Arsenal blew a four goal lead at St.James’ Park as Newcastle produced an amazing second half comeback.

Theo Walcott put the visitors ahead inside a minute and Johan Djourou headed home a second after just two minutes later.

Robin Van Persie added a brace before half time and looked to have settled the game for the Gunners.

However Abou Diaby was sent off just after the break and with 22 minutes left Joey Barton scored a penalty to give the hosts a lifeline.

Leon Best then put the Geordies half way to completing the comeback on 75 minutes before Barton added a second penalty with seven minutes remaining.

Check Tiote then completed the comeback on 87 minutes as Arsenal blew the chance to go within two points of leaders Man United.


3: Saturday 2 March 2002

Newcastle 0 Vs 2 Arsenal

Dennis Bergkamp scored one of the best goals in Premier League history as Arsenal beat title rivals Newcastle at St.James’ Park.

Bergkamp opened the scoring when he flicked the ball round Nikos Dabizas before meeting it the other side and cooly slotting past Shay Given.

Sol Campbell doubled Arsenal’s lead before the break and the Gunners saw out the victory becoming the first away side to win at Newcastle in 2002.


4: Friday 26 September 2003

Arsenal 3 Vs 2 Newcastle

Thierry Henry’s penalty 10 minutes from time gave Arsenal victory having twice been pegged back by Newcastle.

Henry gave Arsenal the lead at Highbury before Laurent Robert levelled before the half hour.

Gilberto Silva restored the Gunners’ lead on 67 minutes heading in a Robert Pires free kick and that looked to have won the game for a dominant Arsenal.

However the Toon levelled from an unlikely source in defender Olivier Bernard just four minutes later.

But Henry nonchalantly chipped his penalty over Shay Given to secure a vital three points. 


5: Sunday 14 May 2000

Newcastle 4 Vs 2 Arsenal

Newcastle ended Arsenal’s 13 game unbeaten streak with an impressive 4-2 win at St.James’ Park

Gary Speed gave the hosts the lead after just six minutes but Nwankwo Kanu equalised within 60 seconds.

Alan Shearer restored the hosts lead midway through the first half but once again the Gunners drew level this time through Stefan Malz after the interval.

But two quick fire goals either side of the hour from Speed and Andy Griffin won the game for Newcastle as a much changed Arsenal outfit ended the season on a low note.

Four days later Arsene Wenger’s side lost the UEFA Cup final to Galatasary.


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