London - Theo Walcott sent a message to
Arsene Wenger as the Arsenal forward hit a hat-trick in his side's
stunning 7-3 demolition of Newcastle in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Walcott, out of
contract at the end of the season, faces an uncertain future in north
London after Arsenal failed to meet his wage demands, while boss Wenger
has been reluctant to play the England winger in his preferred central
But Wenger has finally allowed Walcott to start up
front in recent weeks and the response from the 23-year-old suggests the
Gunners should bow to the player's demands to avoid losing yet another
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As well as hitting a hat-trick, he provided two assists
against Newcastle as Arsenal, with Olivier Giroud, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski also on the scoresheet, kept the
pressure on Tottenham and Chelsea in the race for a top four finish.
fifth-placed Gunners are one point behind Chelsea, who have a game in
hand at Everton on Sunday, after their fourth successive league win.
supporters were still making their way into the Emirates Stadium when a
burst from Jack Wilshere played in Oxlade-Chamberlain but he dragged
his shot wide.
After repelling the initial wave of Arsenal pressure, Newcastle slowly found their feet and forced a corner in the 17th minute.
Marveaux picked out the unmarked Demba Ba and the Senegal striker
should have done better with his header and the ball sailed over the
Newcastle were made to pay as a brilliant through-ball from
Podolski finally found Walcott in space in the 20th minute and his
precise curling finish past Tim Krul was reminiscent of Thierry Henry in
Seven minutes before the break, things almost got even
better for Walcott as he raced onto another Podolski pass on the edge of
the box but this time Krul stood firm.
That proved to be a
crucial moment in the half as Newcastle finally broke free of the
shackles and produced their first shot on target from Tiote's piledriver
that was tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny.
They didn't have to
wait long to draw level as a minute before the break Ba's free kick took
a vicious deflection off the back of Wilshere's head and diverted into
Arsenal came out determined to put things right after the
break. Kieran Gibbs almost restored their lead straight away, only to
be denied by Krul.
But the Dutch shot stopper had no chance of
reaching Oxlade-Chamberlain's brilliant drilled effort in the 50th
minute after he was picked out by Santi Cazorla's pass.
Newcastle levelled again on the hour mark. Gabriel Obertan's cross was
going harmlessly towards Wojciech Szczesny until Thomas Vermaelen's
touch diverted it to the waiting Marveaux at the back post to tap in.
the Gunners were back in front in the 64th minute as a superb cross by
Wilshere was deflected onto his own bar by Fabricio Coloccini and
Podolski bundled the ball home.
Incredibly, Newcastle were level for a third time within five minutes as Ba made no mistake from Marveaux's cross to smash home.
it was Walcott who took over then as he gathered a cutback from Gibbs
and forced his shot into the roof of the net to make it 4-3 in the 73rd
Walcott wasn't finished yet as he turned provider six minutes from time to set up substitute Giroud with a brilliant cross.
struck again three minutes later and, with Newcastle's defence now in
complete meltdown, Walcott danced into the penalty area and recovered
his footing after a slip to chip over Krul for his hat-trick.