LONDON (AP) — Arsenal defeated Newcastle 3-0 behind two first-half goals from Robin Van Persie on Saturday, emphatically bouncing back from last weekend's surprise loss to Fulham.

Denilson added the third goal as Arsenal produced an attacking clinic at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, which also routed FC Twente 4-0 in a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday, seemed rejuvenated by the return of Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas and played with all its trademark flair and finesse that was missing during last Saturday's 1-0 loss at London rival Fulham.