Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal: Giroud ensures Gunners end 2013 top of the pile

Newcastle United 0 - 1 Arsenal

  • 65" Olivier Giroud

Ref: Lee Probert
Attendance: 52,161

Newcastle Fans 4

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 1-0 at St James' Park today.

A single goal from Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal all three points against Newcastle United earlier today, and ensured the Gunners finished the year top of the Premier League.

In what was something of a scrappy game, chances were at a premium, with only eight shots on target in the entire match.

The Magpies had the chance to go ahead through Moussa Sissoko, but the midfielder was thwarted by Wojciech Szczesny before Mathieu Debuchy's header struck the bar.

With just 25 minutes of normal-time to play, Giroud headed in a Theo Walcott free-kick and the visitors stood firm to ensure they travelled back to London with all three points.

Arsene Wenger's men are one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, while Newcastle are seventh.

Statistics

Newcastle United

Arsenal

Possession

47.3%
52.7%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Newcastle United

  • Tim Krul
  • Fabricio Coloccini
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Davide Santon
  • Michael Williamson
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Yoan Gouffran
  • Vurnon Anita
  • Moussa Sissoko
  • Cheick Tioté
  • Loïc Remy

Substitutes

  • Papiss Demba Cissé
  • Sammy Ameobi
  • Shola Ameobi
  • Massadio Haidara
  • Robert Elliot
  • Hatem Ben Arfa
  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Arsenal

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Theo Walcott
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Santiago Cazorla
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Olivier Giroud

Substitutes

  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Serge Gnabry
  • Ryo Miyaichi
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Lukasz Fabianski

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