Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0

Arsenal bounce back after last weekend’s bismal showing against Fulham to beat Newcastle United 3-0 last night. After an exciting start to the game and good play from both sides, Dutchman Robin Van Persie – who endured an injury-plagued campaign last season – struck from the penalty spot after Charles N’Zogbia handled after 18 minutes, which was no more than the resurgent hosts deserved. Just before the half-time whistle, Van Persie was in the right place to slot home a well worked typical Arsenal goal that was a beauty to behold. Newcastle’s Shay Given must be given lots of credit – if it wasn’t for the longtime Toon Army goalie, Arsenal would have scored 5 or 6 goals. Brazil youngster Denilson struck his first Premier League goal after more breathtaking, quick passing from Arsene Wenger’s men – who if they can maintain such displays look again set for a sustained title challenge. Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, recently released from jail and facing a violent conduct charge from the Football Association, came on for the closing two minutes – to resounding jeers from the home crowd.

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