Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

History Shows United Can Surprise Arsenal; Magpies Success in North London Isn't a Rare Occurrence

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

History Shows United Can Surprise Arsenal; Magpies Success in North London Isn't a Rare Occurrence

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NEWCASTLE UNITED face one of their toughest trips of the season to North London to take on top four Arsenal tonight.

But while the Gunners are formidable opponents on their own Islington turf, Arsenal haven't always had it their own way against the Magpies down the years.

Here are a few memories that might just give Toon fans some inspiration ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

JOEY BARTON revealed after the game that he had targeted Arsenal's weakness in serial flapper Lubask Fabianski.

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And when he drew the big Pole off his line with a teasing cross that left his net gaping, Andy Carroll did the rest with a towering header that bundled into the net in front of a watching Fabio Capello.

Carroll - who had been subject to allegations of a boozy bender on Tyneside in that morning's papers - sprinted over to his manager Chris Hughton for keeping faith in him during darker times.

The win marked United's first at the Emirates Stadium.

BOBBY Robson handed the Toon Army a festive present they'd never forget in this one by leading them to the top of the Premier League table in time for Christmas Day.

This was also Newcastle's first win in London for over four years.

And it had looked like another tough night when Robert Pires fired Arsenal ahead on 20 minutes.

The tide started to turn when Ray Parlour was sent off. On the hour Andy O'Brien levelled things up and it was all looking good for United.

Another twist saw Craig Bellamy sent off but, after Sol Campbell upended Laurent Robert for Alan Shearer to smash home a penalty at the South Bank, Robert put the lid on it.

The victory for Newcastle incensed Arsenal - and star striker Thierry Henry had to be restrained at the whistle after trying to abuse referee Graham Poll.

KENNY Dalglish may not be everybody's cup of tea but his defensive outlook on things during his time in Toon certainly paid off at Highbury on this occasion. …

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