Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal - 5 February 2011

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Newcastle United performed one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history in February 2011, recovering from a four-goal deficit at half-time to draw 4-4 with Arsenal at St. James' Park.

The home faithful could barely believe their eyes as the Magpies went 4-0 down inside a disastrous opening 26 minutes; Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie (2) seemingly putting the Gunners out of sight with a little over a quarter of the game played.

Newcastle were given the faintest glimmer of hope five minutes after the restart when the visitors were reduced to ten men; Abou Diaby given a red card after a tangle with Joey Barton.

If the first 26 minutes came as a surprise, the final 21 minutes were barely believable - Barton starting the comeback late on by scoring from the penalty spot after a foul on Leon Best.

Six minutes later, the deficit was down to two; Best slamming a loose ball home from close range to make it 4-2.

The comeback was well and truly on with six minutes left when Newcastle were awarded a second penalty – conceded again by French defender Laurent Koscielny.

Barton kept his cool once again to drill the penalty straight down the middle, setting up a frenetic finish.

Amazingly, the turnaround was completed in the 88th-minute - and through one of the goals of the season.

Running onto a looping headed clearance from the Arsenal box, Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tioté sent a stunning 30-yard volley crashing into the back of the net to take the roof off the Gallowgate.

Kevin Nolan almost won it for the Magpies, sending a strike just wide of the upright with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny beaten, but United had to settle for what had seemed an impossible point.

Newcastle United line-up
Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Guthrie, 90), Lovenkrands (Ranger, 73)

Goals
Newcastle United (Barton, 69 [pen], 84 [pen]; Best, 75; Tioté,88)
Arsenal (Walcott ,1; Djourou, 3; Van Persie, 10, 26)

Attendance
51,561