Season 2007-08 Result
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
 Bendtner 83,
 Denilson 89.
Date: 25/09/2007  Venue: Emirates Stadium  Competition: Carling Cup
Crowd: 60,004
Match Report Submitted on 01/10/2007 by ?
Well, whatever Sam's secret formula for beating Arsenal was, he kept it to himself or failed to make his current charges understand exactly what was required of them. Back in his Bolton days, Allardyce had managed to ruffle Wenger's feathers on more than one occasion as organisation and brawn won out against craft and subtlety.

Had Martins taken either of his first half chances or provided an instant response to the opening goal by converting another one-on-one chance, this match could have deviated from the seemingly inevitable script. For the pick of them though, he went for placement rather than the power that failed to see him score on Sunday, with Senderos able to get back to hook the ball away short of the goal line.

On 83 mins Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner powered in a thunderous header from Armand Traore's left wing cross to put The Gunners 1-0 up and any hopes of an equaliser to keep us in the cup were foggoten when the Brazilian midfielder Denilson finished the job with a fine right-footed strike from the edge of the box with only a minute to go. This was his first senior goal for the Gunners.

At the end, all the travelling fans were left with was another battle with public transport while contemplating the seemingly-obligatory premature exit from this competition that every Newcastle manager since Gordon Lee has presided over. The faces and places may change, but habitual disappointment remains.