The Kardiac Kids do it again! Arsenal staged an instantaneous comeback for the equalizer and in added time came up with a late winner just like they did last weekend against Liverpool. The come from behind phenomena includes Sunderland, Spurs, Liverpool, and now Newcastle. A Premiership record. It makes for fascinating drama but it does no good for the blood pressure.
The match bore an uncanny resemblance to the Liverpool match. Going down a goal to a defensive lapse, this time Thomas Vermaelen, whose feet move faster than his mind gifting the ball to Cheikh Tiote. The ball pinged around before landing on the feet of the fleet Hatem Ben Arfa to cut the ball back onto his left and squeeze a shot past Szcz. The Arsenal goalie could have done better but undoubtedly Vermaelen was the guilty party.
Alan Pardew had barely finished celebrating when Walcott busting loose on the right and with RVP moving inside the near post sent in a low cross which the Dutch striker let run on to his stronger left foot to blast the ball past Tim Krul.
Arsenal cranked up the intensity in the second half while Newcastle cranked up the time wasting tactics. RVP and Krul got into it as the Arsenal captain felt the goalie was dawdling a bit too long on the ball. There were chances galore with Vermaelen involved in a number of close encounters with the goal including Danny Simpson's goal line clearance.
Rosicky, Walcott, RVP, and Gervinho all had great looks at goal but just when it looked like the Toons would escape with a face saving draw came Vermaelen's gutbusting run on a counterattack which saw 7 Arsenal players race up field like gangbusters. Walcott lashed his cross from the right channel with the ball came off Kos's head to land invitingly for Vermaelen near the far post to volley home. That was the Verminator willing Arsenal to a win. A Krul ending in the 95th minute.
The Ox was relatively quiet but he made some typical surging runs late in the first half and then continued them in the second half. But it was Walcott having one of his best games as a winger creating the problems.
The win puts us in sniffing distance of Spurs, a point ahead in the third position. It also means a three point lead over fifth placed Chelsea.