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Arsenal started off the day before the first minute even elapsed. Theo Walcott raced down the pitch to put the ball in the back of the net 44 seconds after the whistle blew to start the game. Fans didn't even have a chance to take a seat before Arsenal took the quick strike lead.
Three nil to the Arsenal before the 10 minute mark. Game over.
Van Persie added a fourth after a superb cross from Bacary Sagna on the right wing found him in the middle of the box right before the half. Newcastle United seemed to be dead and dusted. The interval saved Newcastle from any further embarrassment.
A reckless slide by Joey Barton and an Abou Diaby retaliation later saw Arsenal down to 10 men at the 50 minute mark. That's when the fun began.
Laurent Koscielny gave Newcastle a lifeline as he clumsily tackled Leon Best in the area. Barton put home the magpies' first goal from the spot with ease.
Best did his part to cut the deficit in half by finding his way on the end of a cross from Jose Enrique. Arsenal's insurmountable first half lead had been reduced to 4-2.
Koscielny provided Barton with a second penalty (albeit a soft penalty) and Barton did not waste the opportunity making it 4-3.
One of the more astounding and enthralling second half comebacks in memory to take place in the Premier League was capped off with a wonder strike as Cheick Tiote crushed the equalizer sending St. James Park into a euphoric celebration.