NEWCASTLE United saw a hard-earned point slip through their fingers at the Emirates Stadium last night - and possibly their dreams of a Champions League place.
Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen struck in the fifth minute of injury time as the fourth-placed Gunners moved to within one point of bitter rivals Tottenham.
It secured a dramatic and cruel victory over visiting Newcastle, who had taken an early lead thanks to a precise finish from Hatem Ben Arfa in the first half.
However, Arsenal were level a mere 55 seconds later when Robin van Persie held off United defender Mike Williamson’s challenge to slot home Theo Walcott’s cross.
It could have been worse for Newcastle before the final few minutes, van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and Gervinho were all guilty of wasting good chances in the second half.
But Alan Pardew’s Magpies looked to have secured an impressive away point before Vermaelen popped up in the 95th minute to rifle home Walcott’s cross from close range.