Newcastle take on Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend with both teams aiming to compete at the top end of the division this season.
The two teams are each on an upward curve under their current managers and secured long-awaited returns to the Champions League stage last season, with clashes between them now of huge importance to the table.
Throughout the years there have been some memorable Premier League clashes between Newcastle and Arsenal and we’ve picked out five of the best.
Five of the best Premier League games between Newcastle and Arsenal:
Newcastle 4-2 Arsenal (2000)
Newcastle beat Arsenal in a final day thriller at St James’ Park in 2000, as the Magpies completed a remarkable turnaround under new manager Sir Bobby Robson to end the season on a high note.
Robson had arrived with Newcastle winless in their opening seven games, but opened his tenure with an 8-0 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday in which Alan Shearer scored five goals. Shearer scored again in this end-of-season win over the Gunners, with the Geordie goal-machine netting a free-kick to reach 300 career goals.
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Gary Speed’s sixth-minute opener was cancelled out within 50 seconds by Kanu’s goal for the visitors, before Shearer smashed home his 30th goal of the season to put Newcastle back ahead. Arsenal equalised a second time through Stefan Malz early into the second half, but Speed headed home his second for the Magpies.
Andy Griffin sealed the win late on with a lifted finish, as Newcastle ended the season with three points against an understrength Gunners team, already confirmed as Premier League runners-up.
Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal (2002)
A game defined by one moment, that moment, from Dennis Bergkamp.
Newcastle had emerged as unlikely contenders for the Premier League title and led the league at Christmas, with a 3-1 win at Arsenal in December having dealt the Gunners’ own title hopes a blow. The teams met once again with both still in contention three months later and it was Bergkamp’s brilliance that won the game.
The Dutchman scored a spectacular opener as he pirouetted round Nikos Dabizas after an audacious first touch, before cooly rolling the ball past Shay Given. Sol Campbell headed home a second for the Gunners, who secured the third of 13 consecutive Premier League wins.
Two of the greatest touches in Premier League history.
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That flawless run of form during the run-in saw Arsenal come from behind to be crowned champions. Chelsea were also beaten in the FA Cup final as Arsene Wenger’s side completed a domestic double.
Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal (2011)
Newcastle produced one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history against Arsenal, after recovering from four goals down to rescue a result at St James’ Park in February 2011.
Some will have wanted to head for the exits as Arsenal ran riot across the opening 26 minutes. Goals from Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and a Robin van Persie brace put the Gunners four goals to the good at the interval.
Abou Diaby’s red card for Arsenal early in the second half handed Newcastle hope, but few would have predicted what was to come. In an astonishing final 19 minutes, Joey Barton pulled a goal back from the penalty spot to kickstart the comeback, before Leon Best slammed home a second six minutes later.
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Arsenal conceded a second penalty and Barton converted from the spot for a second time to set up a grandstand finish, before the comeback was completed two minutes from time.
A headed clearance appeared to have cleared the danger for Arsenal, but Cheick Tioté arrived to thump home a volley from distance to send St James’ wild.
Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle (2012)
Theo Walcott was the star of the show as Arsenal thrashed Newcastle in a high-scoring thriller at the Emirates.
The contest fell just one goal short of the 11-goal record for a Premier League game, with Walcott involved in five as he hit a hat-trick and set up two other goals for the Gunners.
Newcastle fought back to equalise on three occasions in north London, as two goals from Demba Ba and a Sylvain Marveaux strike cancelled out Arsenal goals for Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski, but a frantic second half saw the hosts run riot in the closing stages.
Walcott’s second goal on 73 minutes opened the floodgates, with a late brace from Olivier Giroud and Walcott’s hat-trick goal completing a seven-goal rout.
Newcastle 2-0 Arsenal (2022)
Newcastle dealt Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football a catastrophic blow as the Magpies dominated this game to earn a 2-0 win at St James’ Park.
Arsenal had looked on course for a Champions League return, but a 3-0 loss at Tottenham in their previous game had let their north London rivals back into the race. The Gunners then collapsed on a chastening night in the north east, as their penultimate game of the season ended in defeat.
Ben White’s own goal handed Newcastle a deserved lead, before Bruno Guimaraes struck a second to seal three points for Eddie Howe’s team. Newcastle were well worth their win, as an Arsenal side badly beaten went on to miss out on the top four.
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