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Thomas Vermaelen struck in the fifth minute of injury time as fourth-placed Arsenal moved to within one point of bitter rivals Tottenham with a dramatic win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal went behind to a precise finish from Hatem Ben Arfa in the first half but they were level 55 seconds later when Robin van Persie held off Mike Williamson’s challenge to slot home Theo Walcott’s cross.

Van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and Gervinho were all guilty of wasting good chances in the second half and the game looked beyond Arsenal, but Vermaelen popped up in the 95th minute to rifle home Walcott’s cross from close range to snatch all three points.

Aaron Ramsey came on for Rosicky with 14 minutes left and then Koscielny entered the book for a late tackle from behind on Ba.

Newcastle gifted Arsenal another chance to take the lead 10 minutes from the end when Ben Arfa surrendered possession to Kieran Gibbs, who found Van Persie in the box but he fired well wide from a tight angle.

Arteta’s corner then somehow evaded everyone in the box apart from Gervinho at the back post, but he horribly miscued his effort wide to groans from the home crowd.

Krul came to Newcastle’s rescue in the final minute of normal time, palming over a brilliant header from Vermaelen with an acrobatic save.

Walcott drove a deflected shot over in injury time, which he felt struck Coloccini’s arm, but referee Howard Webb waved away his protests.

Wenger thought the game was over, sitting with his head in his hands, but Walcott’s 95th-minute cross dropped in to Vermaelen’s path and he finished from close range to send the home crowd in to ecstasy.

Disappointing scenes followed as Van Persie and Krul squared up in the aftermath of the goal. Both were booked.

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