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Arsenal beat Newcastle 3-1

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 3-1 at St James' Park to further increase the Magpies' relegation woes. The result sees the Gunners close in on the Premier League's top three.

Newcastle should have taken the lead in the first-half when Obafemi Martins tamely struck a penalty into the arms of Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia. But it was the Gunners who had the best of the first 45 minutes going close through Arshavin and van Persie.

Nicklas Bendtner broke the hearts of the Toon Army on 57 minutes when he headed home an Arshavin free-kick. Martins pulled one back for Newcastle but Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri heaped further misery on Michael Owen & Co with two goals on three-minutes. The Magpies are now in a dogfight for their Premier League survival.

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