Arsenal 3 v Newcastle 0

August 30, 2008 | Filed Under: UK Box, UK Box Update 
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Dutch striker Robin van Persie scored twice, once from the penalty spot, with Denilson getting the third for the Gunners in a match that will be remembered as much for Joey Barton‘s cameo appearance as for the supreme football played by Arsene Wenger’s side.

Scoring looked an inevitability for the home side virtually from the kick-off, with captain William Gallas shooting over the bar from two yards out as early as the third minute, but their reward for complete domination of possession came from the penalty spot after 18 minutes.

Emmanuel Adebayor‘s cross hit the outstretched arm of Charles N’Zogbia, and referee Rob Styles immediately pointed to the spot. Shay Given guessed the right direction but Van Persie’s penalty was too powerful and it flew past the Irish keeper into the sidenetting.

The Dutch striker scored his second of the game and only his third Arsenal goal of an injury-plagued 2008 when he capped off a move more representative of his team’s play.

Again it was Adebayor who put in the telling cross, this time a cut-back ball for Emmanuel Eboue. The midfielder – starting ahead of Theo Walcott – mis-controlled with his first touch when shooting could have been an option, but he rescued the situation with a cheeky backheel that Van Persie slid in to fire into the roof of the net from close range.

If the match could ever have been called a contest, it was ended as such on the hour mark when Denilson wrapped up another fine Arsenal move that involved Samir NasrI and Adebayor to make it 3-0.

Newcastle were struggling with injuries to the extent that manager Kevin Keegan was forced to start an unfit Shola Ameobiup front with owen and teenage trio Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson and Nile Ranger on the bench 






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