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Summary

  • Sunderland v Tottenham (12.45pm) - Paul Fraser
  • Middlesbrough v Blackpool (3pm) - Richard Mason
  • Sheffield United v Hartlepool United (3pm) - Nick Loughlin
  • Arsenal v Newcastle United (5.30pm) - Scott Wilson

7:20pm

GOAL: Arsenal 7 (Walcott 90) Newcastle 3

Arsenal score their seventh - and surely that's the humiliation complete.

Walcott beat three defenders, ended up on his backside, and was still able to get back up to impudently chip the ball past Krul.

 

7:15pm

GOAL: Arsenal 6 (Giroud 87) Newcastle 3

And how's about a sixth Arsenal goal for good measure?

Giroud wriggles his way into the area, and with the Newcastle defence stood watching him, cracks home his second goal in the space of three minutes.

7:13pm

GOAL: Arsenal 5 (Giroud 85) Newcastle 3

That's surely the game over now as Arsenal score a fifth.

Walcott turns provider this time, crossing from the right-hand side, and Giroud slips away from Perch to head home from close range.

7:02pm

GOAL: Arsenal 4 (Walcott 73) Newcastle 3

Can people just please stop scoring?

Newcastle on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline for the second time in a row as Walcott claims his second.

Gibbs crosses from the left, Podolski misses the ball, and Walcott has an eternity to shuffle the ball on to his left foot and fire home.

6:58pm

GOAL: Arsenal 3 Newcastle 3 (Ba 69)

And the madness continues as Newcastle claim a third equaliser.

Marveaux produced an excellent dribble in the area that culminated in a brilliant cross with the outside of his boot.

Ba ghosted behind Gibbs at the back post and converted it with a crisp first-time shot.

 

6:54pm

GOAL: Arsenal 3 (Podolski 64) Newcastle 2

The goals continue to flow, and Newcastle find themselves behind in the game for a third time.

Wilshere dribbled into the left-hand side of the area, and his cross caused complete confusion in the Magpies defence.

Coloccini headed the ball against his own crossbar, and Podolski was on hand to head home the rebound from close range.

6:49pm

GOAL: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 2 (Marveaux 59)

Newcastle level for a second time. Marveaux claimed the goal, but it owed much to a brilliant run from Obertan.

The winger surged on the outside of Sagna and threaded the ball across the six-yard box, leaving Marveaux with the simple task of slotting home at the back post.

Game on.

6:43pm

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 1

So can Newcastle come back for a second time? They produced a spirited response after Walcott's goal, but the fear is that Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike might have knocked the stuffing out of them.

6:39pm

GOAL: Arsenal 2 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 51) Newcastle 1

Arsenal reclaim their lead six minutes after the restart thanks to Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Cazorla played a square ball across the face of the penalty area, and the England winger drilled a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

6:16pm

GOAL: Arsenal 1 Newcastle 1 (Ba 43)

Newcastle claim an equaliser two minutes before the break thanks to Ba's deflected free-kick.

The Senegal international struck from the corner of the penalty area, and his shot took a huge deflection off Wilshere to wrong-foot Szczesny.

A major slice of luck for Newcastle, but probably no more than they deserve for a bright first-half display.

6:08pm

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0

Arsenal on top, but only really sparking into life sporadically. Krul just made a good save from Walcott with his legs though after the Arsenal striker wriggled free in the box.

6:00pm

5:59pm

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0

The goal was somewhat harsh on Newcastle, who had looked solid to that point, but Alan Pardew will be concerned at just how easily his side's defence was pierced.

5:54pm

GOAL: Arsenal 1 (Walcott 20) Newcastle 0

Arsenal finally click into gear and unpick the Newcastle back four to break the deadlock.

Lukas Podolski's through ball enabled Theo Walcott to spring the offisde trap, and the England international calmly steadied himself before slotting past Tim Krul.

It was close, but replays suggest a dawdling Davide Santon just played Walcott onside.

5:54pm

GOAL: Arsenal 1 (Walcott 20) Newcastle 0

Arsenal finally click into gear and unpick the Newcastle back four to break the deadlock.

Lukas Podolski's through ball enabled Theo Walcott to spring the offisde trap, and the England international calmly steadied himself before slotting past Tim Krul.

It was close, but replays suggest a dawdling Davide Santon just played Walcott onside.

5:48pm

Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0

Newcastle continue to more than hold their own, and have just created their first chance of the game.

Marveaux delivered a corner from the right, and Ba rose highest but headed over the crossbar from eight yards.

5:40pm

ARSENAL 0 NEWCASTLE 0

Ten minutes gone and Newcastle have settled into this fairly well so far.

Tiote's return already making them look more secure at the heart of midfield, although Arsenal inevitaby carry a threat when they break with numbers.

5:10pm

Arsenal vs Newcastle

The rain has briefly stopped here in north London, but the surface will be wet and slick.

This afternoon's results haven't really gone in Newcastle's favour with Reading and Wigan both winning, and Southampton claiming a point.

As a result, Alan Pardew's side kick off at the Emirates just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Arsenal are seventh in the table, but their goal difference means they will go up to fifth with a win tonight.

5:04pm

FT: Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2

4:59pm

FULL-TIME: Coupon buster - Hartlepool United won 3-2 at Sheffield United. Bottom beat top - and Pools were 10-1 today.

Effort, application and graft aplenty from front to back from start to finish. 

4:50pm

Hanging on. But it's a decent hanging on this like at Sheffield United. 

4:47pm

The full teams from the Emirates are:

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski; Walcott.

Subs: Mannone (gk), Djourou, Coquelin, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho, Giroud.

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Krul; Simpson, Perch, Coloccini, Santon; Bigirimana, Tiote; Cisse, Marveaux, Obertan; Ba.

Subs: Harper (gk), Ferguson, Tavernier, Abeid, Streete, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

4:46pm

GOAL: Middlesbrough 4 (Reach 87) Blackpool 2

4:43pm

ARSENAL vs NEWCASTLE

Welcome to a wet and wild Emirates Stadium for this evening's game between Arsenal and Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has made two changes to his side for tonight's game with Cheik Tiote and Gabriel Obertan replacing Mike Williamson and Vurnon Anita.

Tiote returns from suspension, while Obertan steps up from his position on the bench at Old Trafford.

With Williamson suspended, James Perch will play alongside Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of the Newcastle back four.

Full teams to follow.... 

4:42pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Drama! Jonathan Woodgate is judged to have taken down Taylor-Fletcher in the area, Thomas Ince steps up and Jason Steele saves superbly. Boro maintain their lead.

4:36pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Rare mistake from Steele there. He raced off his line to meet Crainey's corner and missed it. Basham was there to fire home. Still life in this one yet.

4:35pm

GOAL: Middlesbrough 3 Blackpool 2 (Basham 75)

4:34pm

Well, well, well.... Sheffield United 1 Hartlepool United 3. 

Howard header from a Poole cross - 18 minutes to go. Nailbiter ! 

4:24pm

Now here's a turn up for the books - Hartlepool 2-1 up at Sheffield United.

Evan Horwood on the left low cross for Ritchie Humphreys to score from close range. Expected a second half when Pools would have to hang onto a 1-1 scoreline - instead it's a long half hour in store when they will try and keep their lead intact. 

4:22pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

The deficit is restored three minutes later. Scott McDonald carries the ball from the halfway line before cutting in and firing past Gilks.

4:21pm

GOAL: Middlesbrough 3 (McDonald 62) Blackpool 1

4:20pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Blackpool pull one back here, and it's Nathan Thomas who fires a loose ball past Steele.

4:18pm

GOAL: Middlesbrough 2 Blackpool 1 (Thomas 59)

4:17pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Back under way here at the Riverside, Boro still retain a 2-0 lead over Blackpool and there appears to be no real let up in intensity following the first half. They have the bit between their teeth.

3:54pm

HT: Sheffield U 1 Hartlepool 1.

Could have been three up after 20 mins and then pushed back by the league leaders for a while. 

A shock start when Howard headed Pools in front, and Pools graft and effort has been spot on throughout.

The Blades came back into it, but Pools were organised and effective in defending and Flinders should have saved Doyle's shot.

 

3:48pm

HT: Middlesbrough 2 Blackpool 0

3:39pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Richard Smallwood makes it a very happy birthday by doubling the lead, slotting home from Marvin Emnes' through ball. Blackpool look susceptible at the back and Boro are carving through the lines with ease.

3:36pm

GOAL: Middlesbrough 2 (Smallwood 36) Blackpool 0

3:35pm

GOAL: 31 minutes , Sheffield United 1 Hartlepool United 1. Doyle shot from 20 yards, Flinders got a hand to it, but palmed into the net. 

 

3:27pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

OOF! Scott McDonald goes close with a shot well-saved by Matt Gilks, after being played in perfectly by Ishmael Miller. Definitely Ishmael Miller.

3:22pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Justin Hoyte is an early casualty here, he's hobbled off and Stuart Parnaby is on in his place.

3:18pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

Confusion over who scored it, but it doesn't really matter. Boro are one up, and it's the set-pieces of Grant Leadbitter that are causing problems for Blackpool. Leadbitter's inswinging corner seemed to be nodded home by Bailey, but it's been given as Miller's goal, so maybe he got a touch on the way in.

3:17pm

Pools playing very well here at Bramall Lane, on top and could really be three up. Howard scored and put one wide, while Franks has also put a chance wide when he should have done better. 

 

3:15pm

CORR: Middlesbrough 1 (Miller 14) Blackpool 0

 

3:14pm

GOAL: Middlesbrough 1 (Bailey 14) Blackpool 0

 

3:10pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

So, to summarise - no Friend, Bikey, McEachran or Ledesma in the starting XI, while Jutkiewicz drops back to the bench. Boro have a midfield three of Smallwood, Leadbitter and Bailey with full-backs Hoyte and Halliday providing the width. 

Thomas Ince, subject of interest from Liverpool ahead of the transfer window opening on Tuesday, and Alex Baptiste, who is attracting come-hither glances from Leicester City, both start for Blackpool.

3:09pm

GOAL: Hartlepool go one up at Sheffield United. Steve Howard header from close range, latching onto a Sweeney cross. 

Positive start before the sixth minute goal. Coupon buster ....... ??

3:02pm

Richard Mason, Middlesbrough v Blackpool:

 

Whoa, Nelly! Bit of a last-minute dash to the Riverside Stadium for me. Anyway, we've kicked off here. I've counted 11 on both sides, a referee, two linesmen and a fourth official. And not many else. Bit of a quiet one here on Teesside, perhaps a case of after the Lord Mayor's Parade.

Here's your teams, anyway.

Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Steele; Hoyte, Woodgate, R. Williams, Halliday; Leadbitter, Bailey, Smallwood; Emnes, Miller, McDonald. Subs: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Thomson, Jutkiewicz, Parnaby, L. Williams, Reach.
 

Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Crainey, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Baptiste; Gomes, Basham, Thomas; Delfouneso, Taylor-Fletcher, Ince. Subs: Halstead, Eardley, Phillips, Sylvestre, Angel, Harris, Dicko

2:57pm

Bit of a suprising Hartlepool United team at Sheffield United today.

Baldwin and Austin available from suspension, but both on the bench. Walton starts in a five-man midfield, Monkhouse dropped. 

 

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Long; Westlake, Maguire, Hill, Williams; Blackman, McDonald, Doyle, Flynn; Kitson, Cofie. Subs: McAllister, Cresswell, Chapell, Philliskirk, Ironside, Kennedy, Coyne (gk).
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Richards, Hartley, Collins, Horwood; Franks, Humphreys, Walton, Sweeney, Wyke; Howard. Subs: Austin, Poole, Monkhouse, Baldwin, Holden, McHugh (gk), James.
Referee: Darren Deadman (Peterborough)

2:52pm

 

2:41pm

FULL-TIME: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2

Disappointing end to the year for the Black Cats who looked good value for their 1-0 lead before half-time courtesy of John O'Shea's opener.

Two goals inside the first five second half minutes - one an own goal from Carlos Cuellar, the second an Aaron Lennon strike - did the damage.

 

2:40pm

FULL-TIME: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2

Disappointing end to the year for the Black Cats who looked good value for their 1-0 lead before half-time courtesy of John O'Shea's opener.

Two goals inside the first five second half minutes - one an own goal from Carlos Cuellar, the second an Aaron Lennon strike - did the damage.

 

1:58pm

GOAL: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2, Lennon 51

Now Lennon has knocked the ball beyond O'Shea before side-footing past Mignolet to put Spurs ahead. Game has completed turned around in three minutes.

1:57pm

GOAL: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 1, Cuellar OG 48

Not what Sunderland wanted. Soon after the restart, Cuellar has risen above Bale to head in Dembele's corner. To be fair, it was a fine header, just at the wrong end.

1:53pm

GOAL: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 1, Cuellar OG 48

Not what Sunderland wanted. Soon after the restart, Cuellar has risen above Bale to head in Dembele's corner. To be fair, it was a fine header, just at the wrong end.

1:28pm

GOAL: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 0, O'Shea 40

John O'Shea on hand to tap over the line after Hugo Lloris had denied Steven Fletcher at close-range following Seb Larsson's delivery in to the box.

Goal came at an important time as Spurs had just had their best 15 minutes of the half. 

1:08pm

Mignolet forced in to a save low to his right from Sandro, but Sunderland have looked the more dangerous. 

Adam Johnson has started brightly along with James McClean. If they can keep that up then Tottenham's full-backs should have a busy afternoon.

Cuellar has been receiving treatment, but he is back up and playing again. Twenty-one minutes in and it's still 0-0.  

12:54pm

12:52pm

Promising start. Both goalkeepers forced in to early, albeit routine, saves. Gardner is clearly going to have his work cut out in containing Gareth Bale.

 There are a lot of Sunderland fans still standing in the South Stand, where supporters are being threatened with bans if they don't sit down during games.

12:08pm

Confirmation of teams are in. 

SUNDERLAND (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Kilgallon; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood (gk), Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Ji, Bramble.
TOTTENHAM (4-4-2): Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale; Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Friedel (gk), Dempsey, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Parker, Sigurdsson, Livermore.

11:52am

Hearing eary team news that John O'Shea has recovered from illness and replaces the ineligible Danny Rose for Sunderland against Spurs.

Remains to be seen who will play at left-back.  Carlos Cuellar, Matt Kilgallon, O'Shea and even Jack Colback are all options. I'd go with Cuellar ... 

11:50am

11:49am

NICE and early start for today's blog at the Stadium of Light. The Spurs coaching staff are out getting the cones ready for a pre-match warm-up ahead of taking on Sunderland.

This is the place to have your say during the day, which will carry on right through until after the final whistle has blown for Newcastle at Arsenal in the evening fixture.

But there will not be a game for Darlington today. The Quakers' Northern League game with Bishop Auckland has fallen to the weather, meaning Darlington now have five games to rearrange.

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