Walcott hat trick leads Arsenal 7-3 over Newcastle
29 Dec 201214h49
updated at 14h59
scored a hat trick as Arsenal hit six second-half goals on Saturday to thrash Newcastle 7-3 and record its fourth straight win in the Premier League.
Walcott played in his preferred central striking role and showed why
is eager to retain him when his contract expires in the offseason, completing the scoring in the 90th minute with an impudent chip after a dribbling run that eluded several defenders.
Walcott says "it's just showing what I can do but hopefully I've opened a few eyes."
scored twice, while
also found the net for Arsenal.
was on target twice for Newcastle, with
At the other end of the standings,
Reading climbed three points clear of last-place Queens Park Rangers
West Ham 1-0 thanks to Pavel Pogrebnyak's
fifth-minute goal. It was only Reading's second win of the season.
slipped into relegation zone
despite drawing 3-3 at Stoke
, which equalized in the last minute through a wondrous goal by
Wigan piled on the misery for Aston Villa by winning 3-0 at Villa Park.
Villa has now conceded
— and failed to score — in three matches over the festive period to lie just a point and a place above the bottom three.
Fulham's poor form continued with a 2-1 home loss to Swansea
, leaving the hosts with just one win in 12 league games.
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