Arsenal and Newcastle produced another eventful match tonight at the Emirates Stadium as Theo Walcott bagged a hat-trick and set up two more as he helped his side win 7-3 against a struggling Newcastle.
The two sides are known for putting on entertaining matches in the past and tonight was no different. If you thought the 4-4 game couldn’t be topped then you were wrong.
When thinking about the score-line, you would probably think both halves were full of action, however you would be incorrect. The first half didn’t really provide much entertainment as the game was dominated in the midfield with both teams trying to control the possession.
Arsenal created the first chance as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke away with Jack Wilshere but then the young winger dragged his shot wide of the post. The next clear cut chance produced the first goal and it was contract rebel, Theo Walcott who scored it.
After being released down the line from Lukas Podolski, the English winger took the ball and cut inside into the box and then curled the ball perfectly past Tim Krul to make it 1-0 to the hosts. The goal was an exact mirror of something Thierry Henry would be proud of. Luckily, the Frenchman was in the stand to see the goal.
With the half coming to an end, Newcastle won a free-kick just outside the box which Demba Ba stood over confidently. Ba is very similar to Walcott when it comes to contract situations and he also got his name on the scoresheet, with massive help from Jack Wilshere’s head. As the striker pinged the free-kick, it took a big deflection off Wilshere’s head and went past the wrong-footed goalkeeper. The scores remained the same at half-time.
No-one could have predicted how the second half would have turned out though.
Just four minutes into the second half, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain regained Arsenal’s lead with a lovely finish from outside of the box. This goal came after midfielder, Cheick Tiote, gave the ball away needlessly and he was punished for it.
The lead only lasted nine minutes though as in-form, Slyvain Marveaux tapped into the empty net after a fantastic low cross from Gabriel Obertan. Questions over Arsenal’s defending will be asked as Marveaux was left un-marked about two yards out.
The scores were only level for six minutes after that though as German international, Lukas Podolski, put Arsenal back ahead after some awful Newcastle defending. Jack Wilshere proved to be to nifty for the Magpies back four as they couldn’t stop him from wriggling into the box and then producing a cross which saw Podolski bundle home eventually after the away side failed to clear their lines.
However, once again, Newcastle pulled level after contract-rebel, Demba Ba, once again equalised for the Toon. After a lovely cross from Marveaux, Ba wriggled away from his marker to volley home past Szczesny.
The goals just kept coming in the second half and in the 72nd minute, Theo Walcott got his second. After Kieran Gibbs was released down the left wing, he then pulled the ball back to Podolski, who scuffed his shot, but luckily for the German, Theo was right behind him to thump the ball home and past Tim Krul. This left the scores at 4-3 to the home side.
After Theo’s goal there was surprisingly twelve minutes of action without a goal, but that was haulted when second half substitute, Olivier Giroud scored a fantastic diving header after Walcott produced a world-class cross.
Giroud then made it 6-3 just two minutes later after he wriggled away from the Newcastle defence. He finally got free in the box and then smashed the ball low past poor Krul.
If the game wasn’t finished then, then it 100% was in the 90th minute when Theo Walcott was at it again as he saved the best for last. After picking up the ball down the line, he then cut in past Davide Santon and then wriggled into the box before being taken down for a certain penalty. However, he picked himself up and wriggled past two more defenders and then delightfully chipped the ball over Krul. It really was a sensational goal to end a sensational match.
Arsenal hat-trick hero, Theo Walcott, couldn’t escape contract questions after the game though, but he once again remained positive about the situation:
“The team showed great quality and belief. It’s great for the fans and was great to be part of it.
“I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that I want to play up front and I am showing the manager what I can do. I believe I will be a striker and it is about taking the opportunity when I get it.
On his ongoing contract situation: “I will continue to play my football. Talks are ongoing and I’m sure something will be sorted soon.”
Alex William Batt