Last Updated: 30/08/08 7:28pm
The final whistle goes to bring the curtain down on a vintage Arsenal performance. They passed Newcastle off the park with some excellent football and could have scored several more.
Nasri gets his revenge with a sly little clip on Barton's heels as Newcastle break forward and N'Zogbia forces Almunia into a simple save.
Barton's first contribution to the game is to launch himself into a poor challenge on Nasri, which gives away a free-kick. A wry smile shows that jail seems to have had little effect on the Newcastle player.
Double substitution for Newcastle as Beye is replaced by David Edgar and Gutierrez is replaced by Joey Barton, who receives a full round of boos on his return to Premier League football.
Again Adebayor finds Walcott on the right, but this time the youngster looks too nervous to shoot and so he looks for the pass, but the ball is lost.
Another beautiful flowing move from Arsenal, which sees Adebayor set up on the edge of the area. He's got masses of room but elects not to shoot and instead passes wide to Walcott, who shoots well wide with all sorts of options available.
Gutierrez tries to get forward down the right but Clichy gives him a sly shove in the back and then nips the ball off him.
Gutierrez runs into Song and wins a free-kick off the Arsenal player. However Mike Ashley has seen enough and heads for the exit.
Vela goes on a mazy run, cutting to the byline and beating a few defenders before Given drops at the striker's feet to clear up. Skillful stuff from Vela though, who's looked a good prospect since coming on.
The ball falls to Toure at the back post, but it's on the bounce and he can't get any power behind his header and so Given makes an easy save.
Excellent effort from Nasri as he curls it round the wall, but Given is his usual organised self and is in the right position to punch behind for a corner.
Adebayor runs at Steven Taylor and forces the Newcastle defender to concede a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area.
N'Zogbia tries to make an impact down the left, but his cross fails to clear the vertically-challenged Song.
The game is winding down now, with the destination of the three points seemingly decided. Arsenal are in auto-pilot.
Arsenal's defence looks impenetrable now and Newcastle look devoid of ideas as they seek a consolation goal.
Walcott is immediately into the game, skipping past a player and playing a one-two with Vela before setting up his fellow replacement one the edge of the area. However the shot is deflected wide for a corner.
Adebayor seems desperate to score in order to get back on the fans' good side, but he's caught off side now.
Clichy breaks forward for Arsenal and, seeing no passing options up ahead, decides to have a crack. It's a decent effort but Given was never going to be beaten from there.
Song is brought on, but it's Denilson who makes way for him. The Brazilian grew in confidence as the game progressed and will have been delighted to get on the scoresheet.
A great ball forward from N'Zogbia picks out Owen, but he can't control the ball and Almunia gathers it.
Vela shows great skill to skip past a couple of visiting players, before a Newcastle player hacks down Fabregas.
Adebayor takes on Beye and wins a free-kick for Arsenal, but Fabregas' delivery is headed clear by the Newcastle defence.
Oh dear. In true van Persie fashion he then limps off injured and is replaced by Carlos Vela. Arsenal will hope that's nothing serious.
Almost a hat-trick for van Persie, who shoots from the most acute of angles and hits the underside of the bar with a scorching shot! Arsenal aren't finished here.
GOAL! And that will surely seal it for Arsenal, who simply pass Newcastle to death here. After an efficient build-up, Nasri plays the ball to Adebayor at the top of the area and he in turn plays the ball forward to the advancing Denilson, who rounds off the flowing move by dinking the ball past Given.
Arsenal counter attack and spread the ball wide to van Persie, but his cross from the left is deflected behind for a corner.
Now Guthrie has a pop from just outside the area, but his drive is straight at Almunia. Good spell for Newcastle at the moment.
So close for Newcastle as N'Zogbia swings in a corner and Butt's glancing header comes back off the crossbar!
Gutierrez loses out to Denilson on Newcastle's right, but storms back to reclaim the ball with a robust tackle.
Newcastle clear the corner comfortably and make another foray forward, but this time Nasri cuts out the danger for Arsenal.
A Newcastle attack is cut out and Arsenal break forward before feeding the ball wide to Eboue. However his attempted cross hits the defender and goes out for a corner.
Another fantastic counter attack from Arsenal, but it ends with Nasri using his hand as he stormed into the penalty area.
Good opportunity for Newcastle as they forage forward down the right and win a free-kick off of Denilson.
Newcastle are defending much higher up the pitch and forcing Arsenal back. So far it's having the desired effect- a bit like Ashley's pint, perhaps.
Van Persie requires some medical attention after a raking challenge from Butt. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley clearly isn't too optimistic about his side's second-half chances - he's spotted downing his pint up in the stands.
Adebayor and van Persie enjoy a laid-back game of keepy-uppy before getting the second half underway. Newcastle need an early goal to get the jitters in amongst the home side if they're to have any hope.
Half-time at the Emirates and Arsenal are fully deserved of their two-nil lead. They've provided a wonderful exhibition of flowing football and Newcastle have had no answer.
Guthrie clips the ball to the far post and finds Owen, whose header is excellently tipped over the bar by Manuel Almunia. It's his first piece of action in this game.
Just one minute of added time, and Newcastle have a free-kick 40 yards from goal which Danny Guthrie will take.
Kevin Keegan isn't even prepared to wait until half-time - Jose Enrique is withdrawn as Sebastien Bassong comes on.
Newcastle look to bounce back from that blow, but Gutierrez is caught off side as he tried to make a run down the left flank.
GOAL: Another great move from Arsenal as they bring the ball forward quickly, send it out to the right and then back into the centre where Eboue puts in a lovely backheel to set up the advancing van Persie. The Dutchman makes no mistake, smashing the ball past Given to make it two-nil to the Gunners.
Newcastle look to maintain possession for a while, but eventually concede a throw-in in the middle of the park.
Another flowing counter attack from Arsenal puts Adebayor in the penalty area with space to shoot, but he puts it wide with his left foot. Poor effort there - should have been two-nil.
Great chance for Newcastle as Gutierrez gets down the right and crosses into the centre, where Ameobi and Owen get confused as the latter ends up dragging the ball wide of goal. Those are the sort of chances you simply have to take when you visit the Emirates.
A frustrated Owen tries to turn on the edge of the Arsenal area, but Fabregas gets back to take the ball away.
Poor pass from Ameobi, who was looking for Owen in a promising position. In the end he leaves his strike partner with no hope of getting the ball.
Owen launches an excellent ball wide to the advancing Habib Beye as Newcastle make a rare foray forward, but Beye eventually loses out to Clichy in the home side's penalty area.
Denilson's passing has still been below par today but at least he has some support, whereas last week he looked all at sea against Fulham's experienced midfield.
Great save from Given! Van Persie's curling effort from the free kick was headed for the top corner but the keeper got across to tip the ball over the bar.
Another free-kick in a dangerous position for Arsenal as van Persie goes down after eluding three Newcastle players. It's the perfect position for the Dutchman.
Van Persie lays the ball off to Adebayor, who was storming into the penalty area, but the Togolese striker gets clipped by the sneaky Coloccini. The defender is booked for his efforts and Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out.
Newcastle win a free-kick 40 yards out. Geremi swings it into the penalty area but one of the attackers was off side.
Arsenal break down the left through Nasri, who crosses into the centre where Coloccini makes a crucial deflection. Adebayor was waiting behind him and would surely have scored but for the Argentine's touch.
Owen is dropping deeper and deeper in search of the ball, but it's having little effect on Newcastle's efforts to make an impact on the Arsenal defence.
Coloccini sends a long ball forward to Shola Ameobi who takes the ball down well, but then Gael Clichy nicks it off him without breaking a sweat.
Jose Enrique looks to put Arsenal on the back foot, but Sagna is keeping attacks down the hosts' right-hand side at bay.
Well a goal seemed inevitable, though the way it came about seemed less likely. Newcastle have a lot of work to do to get back into this match.
GOAL: Van Persie steps up and drives the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to put Arsenal one-nil up! Given had no chance there.
Penalty to Arsenal! Newcastle only half clear the corner and Adebayor brings the ball back into the area. He tries to cross into the middle but N'Zogbia blocks it with his arm. Not intentional but a penalty nonetheless.
Van Persie cuts in from the right to shoot with his left foot, and his shot is deflected wide for another Arsenal corner.
Owen gets his foot on the ball for probably the first time since he kicked off, and looks to slow the game down. Newcastle build patiently enough but Nicky Butt's attempted cross fails to come off.
Finally some forward progress by the visitors, but Charles N'Zogbia's cross is straight to Toure and the Gunners stride out of their half.
Samir Nasri sends in a cross from the left-hand side, but it's easily cleared by Coloccini. Newcastle have barely got out of their own third so far.
Toure receives the ball in Newcastle's penalty earea, but Jonas Gutierrez gets back to nip the ball off the Arsenal defender's toes.
It's been all Arsenal so far, and Emmanuel Eboue earns a free-kick for them on the right side of midfield.
Van Persie drives forward from the halfway line and takes a shot from just outside the penalty area, but it's an easy save for Given.
This time the danger is cleared easily enough by the defence, but play soon comes back into the Newcastle area and Arsenal earn yet another corner. This time Adebayor rises well and gets his head on the ball, but can't flick it goalward.
Newcastle are under huge pressure early on here, and now Kolo Toure forces Shay Given to make a spectacular one-handed save diving to his left. Arsenal have another corner.
Fabregas swings the ball in, Bacari Sagna flicks on and William Gallas misses an absolute sitter! The ball came to him at the back post and he somehow managed to scoop it over the bar from three yards out.
Newcastle, and Fabricio Coloccini in particular, can consider themselves very lucky. Cesc Fabregas played a delightful ball through to Robin van Persie, and the Argentine wraps his legs around the striker with an awful tackle from behind. The ball rolls out and the referee Rob Stiles decides to give a corner despite the fact that Coloccini made no contact with the ball whatsoever.
Arsenal begin with a promising build-up involving dozens of passes, before Denilson kicks one straight into a Newcastle player.
Newcastle go into a team huddle, led by Michael Owen, before the striker gets proceedings underway at a sunny Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal make three changes from the team which beat FC Twente in midweek. Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and striker Emmanuel Adebayor all return to the starting line up.
Joey Barton makes a surprise return to the Newcastle squad as he's named on the bench for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash at Arsenal. The midfielder - who was recently released early from a jail sentence following a conviction for assault and affray - is set to face Football Association disciplinary chiefs next week after admitting a charge of violent conduct, and has not been expected to feature for the first team. However, following James Milner's departure for Aston Villa, Barton was drafted in by Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan and is named on the bench. England striker Michael Owen captains the side, in his 50th appearance for the Magpies.