On This Day In 2011: Cheick Tiote Scores Blunderbuss Volley As Arsenal Blow Four-Goal Lead At Newcastle (Video)

Martin Cloake

5th, February 2016



When Cheick Tiote rifled one home from the edge of the box in the 87th minute of a stone-cold thriller at St James’s Park on this day in 2011, it completed a remarkable comeback for the Toon. They had been 4-0 down at half time.

Having spent a fallow season down in the Championship, the newly-promoted Magpies were relishing being back in the top flight and had already beaten Arsenal in London earlier in the season.

However, Theo Walcott put the Gunners 1-0 up in the first minute before a Johan Djourou header and two goals from Robin van Persie had the visitors up by three goals inside the first 10 minutes and up by four at the break.

Then, three minutes into the second half, Djourou limped off the pitch injured. Arsenal began to creak and crumble.

Just two minutes later Abou Diaby was sent off. Joey Barton then scored a penalty in the 68th minute, Leon Best made in 4-2 in the 75th, and Barton added another from the spot in the 83rd as Newcastle stormed back from the brink.

Then, with three minutes of normal time left to play, up stepped Tiote to rattle home his awesome thunderbolt…

If you’re going to blow a four-goal lead then you may as well do it in style!

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  1. Danforth says:

    Have you actually watched that game? I still cringe at some of the decisions made on that day. Both from the ref and the arsenal players. But hey, it’s always fun to watch joe fuckface barton go all ruff in tackles and then play the victim card in front of the ref when diaby got him by the neck. Give that man at least a golden globe nomination.

  2. Stu says:

    This article was the perfect moment to relive the video of the Arsenal fan going apeshit whilst watching the game at home. You guys actually wrote a piece about it, but the embedded video has been made private. Fortunately, someone else has reposted it..!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnNXGRkhn4

  3. jackie wilshere says:

    the two pens given in the second half were absolute jokes! …but still no excuse to blow a 4-0 lead, classic arsenal

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