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Premier League: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

19 May 2013 19:01

Arsenal secured their place in next season's UEFA Champions League with a tense win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Laurent Koscielny proved to be the hero for Arsenal as he fired acrobatically past Steve Harper from close range after latching on to the end of a Theo Walcott free-kick to book the Emirates Stadium outfit's place in Europe's top club competition next term.

That proved to be enough for the Gunners as they held off a

spirited fightback from the hosts to claim the points.

Newcastle made two changes from the team that secured

safety against QPR last weekend, with Steven Taylor coming in for Mike

Williamson and goalkeeper Steve Harper making his final appearance for the club

in place of the suspended Rob Elliot.

Arsene Wenger's side remained unchanged

following their win over Wigan, but Olivier Giroud returned to the squad

following suspension.

The London outfit made the better start to the

game, but it was the hosts who had the first clear chance, Papiss Cisse firing

over after latching on to a low cross from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Arsenal had their first opportunity as Koscielny headed wide from a corner at the near post.

Newcastle displayed good spirit, and the

visitors' dominance soon faded, as Cisse and Yoan Gouffran both squandered

half-chances.

Wenger's men suffered a blow midway through the

first half when Mikel Arteta was forced off with a calf problem to be replaced

by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The contest developed into something of a war of

attrition thereafter, with both sides enjoying spells of possession without

creating any real goalscoring opportunities before the interval.

Arsenal, though, could have been ahead just a

minute into the second period, Harper making a strong save from Walcott

after Newcastle had carelessly given the ball away in their own half.

That chance proved to be a pointer to Arsenal's opener, as

Koscielny latched on to Lukas Podolski's flick-on from Walcott's right-wing

free-kick after 52 minutes to volley home.

Pardew's charges were not deterred by falling

behind and continued to create chances, with Gouffran going closest as he failed to

connect with a near-post ball from Mathieu Debuchy before Hatem Ben Arfa fired

wide from distance.

Arsenal were able to hold on without much difficulty for the remainder of the second half, but they should have added a second when Walcott broke free to hit the post late on - with the ball rebounding safely back into Harper's grasp.

Ultimately, that miss proved inconsequential though, as Wenger's men held on to continue the French manager's streak of ensuring UEFA Champions League football in every year of his tenure.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
19 May 2013
Game week
38
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
St. James' Park (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Attendance
52354

Goals

0 - 1
52' L. Koscielny
 (assist by L. Podolski)

Lineups

Substitutes

Saturday 30 August

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
15:16
15:16
15:05
14:05
13:35
13:29
13:11
12:59
12:50
12:50
12:29
12:18
11:37
11:35
11:10
10:55
10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
10:06
09:47
09:47
09:40
09:23
07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
05:07
04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
01:00

Thursday 28 August

23:51
23:35
23:26
23:00
22:54
22:53
22:41
22:41
22:32
22:17
22:01
22:01
21:53
21:35
20:55
20:43
20:33
19:51
19:41
19:33
19:19
19:15
19:10
18:38
17:44
17:34
17:21
17:20
17:00
16:59
16:52
16:38
16:32
16:31
16:28
16:25
16:04
16:00
15:50
15:29
15:25
15:17
14:53
14:17
14:07
13:58
13:58
13:26
13:11
13:04
12:37
12:26
12:10
11:44
11:13
10:56
10:41
10:25
10:11
07:51
07:21
06:58
06:34
05:00
04:33
04:03
03:58
02:46
01:34
00:13
00:12

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