Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle, Dec 2012
The oft-repeated cliché about unusually high scores around Christmas is that defenders are still half asleep having over-indulged during the previous days. Yet this match was full of fantastic finishing and some memorable attacking play that would have troubled the sharpest of defences.
At half-time the score was just 1-1, with a deflected Demba Ba free-kick cancelling out Theo Walcott’s distinctly Thierry Henry-esque opener.
The second half was, frankly, bonkers. Twice more Arsenal took the lead, only to be pegged back both times by an obdurate Magpies side. Eventually the Gunners turned the screw, scoring four times in the final 17 minutes. Walcott completed his hat-trick aided by the game’s one piece of traditional festive generosity.