Premier League: Gunners back on track

August 30, 2008

Arsenal got back to winning ways in the league with a 3-0 home victory over Newcastle at Emirates Stadium.

There were question marks following the Gunners' defeat by Fulham last weekend, but they were always in control once Robin van Persie opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

The Dutchman coolly slotted into the bottom corner after 18 minutes following a handball by Charles N'Zogbia.

Four minutes before half-time Van Persie doubled Arsenal's lead, latching onto a clever back-heel from Emmanuel Eboue.

Nicky Butt hit the bar with a header as Newcastle responded but with 59 minutes gone it was game over as Denilson finished off another flowing move for his first Premier League goal.

Van Persie should have had a hat-trick but hit the underside of the bar from virtually on the goal-line.

Paul Ince could not make a successful return to Upton Park after Blackburn went down 4-1 to West Ham in an entertaining clash in the Premier League.

GettyImagesChristopher Samba couldn't prevent the ball ricocheting to score an own goal at Upton Park.

Jason Roberts missed a penalty and Robert Green made a number of saves as the Hammers claimed all three points.

West Ham took the lead through a Calum Davenport header and went further ahead through a Christopher Samba own goal.

Roberts pulled one back soon after but squandered a chance to level after Carlton Cole had been penalised for handball, Green saving his penalty.

Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker both scored in injury time to give a lopsided impression of the game as Rovers attacked.

Jermain Defoe scored twice as Portsmouth 3-0 victory at Evertonclaimed a 3-0 victory at Everton for their first win of the season.

Defoe gave the visitors the lead and then played in Glen Johnson to make it 2-0.

Everton had the chance to get back into the game shortly into the second half when Johnson fouled James Vaughan in the area, but David James saved Yakubu's penalty.

Defoe put the result beyond doubt when his shot hit the bar and was adjudged to have crossed the line although Crouch made sure by putting the ball into the net.

Hull were brought crashing down to earth as Wigan claimed a 5-0 win at the KC Stadium.

The visitors went ahead through a Sam Ricketts own goal and extended the lead through Antonio Valencia following a throughball from Amr Zaki.

Zaki made it three in the 63rd minute before Emile Heskey got in behind the defence and rounded the goalkeeper to make it 4-0 in the 69th minute.

Zaki's long-range shot was then adjudged to have crossed the line to complete a miserable afternoon for Phil Brown's side.

Middlesbrough had a host of chances but eventually just scraped home 2-1 against Stoke.

The game turned on its head 10 minutes from half-time when Amdy Faye was sent off for serious foul play for a challenge on Mohamed Shawky.

From the resulting free-kick Afonso Alves scored his first goal of the season with an unstoppable 25-yard shot.

Boro were dominating but Tuncay, Stewart Downing and Jeremie Aliadiere all missed chances and they failed to take advantage of a spot-kick awarded when Seyi Olofinjana fouled Alves.

Downing hit the crossbar and Stoke pulled level with a contentious goal which was given as an own-goal against debutant Justin Hoyte.

Boro finally managed to get a second goal through Tuncay after everyone had stopped for offside five minutes from time.

Bolton and West Brom played out a 0-0 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

Scott Carson and Jussi Jaaskelainen each produced outstanding saves and Do-Heon Kim's long-range shot also came back off the bar.

The Trotters were then denied a late winner after Kevin Davies was twice correctly ruled offside.