Arsenal win 3-1 at Wolves

Arsenal held on to top spot in the English Premiership on Saturday following a 3-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Three weeks back, Manchester United came to Molineux as the league leaders and were beaten 1-0 by the bottom club. On Saturday, Wolves entertained the current leaders, Arsenal, and were keen to do the same - and extend a run of eight unbeaten matches at home. But it was Arsenal, themselves unbeaten over 23 Premiership games so far this season, who took the lead after only nine minutes. Ashley Cole's forward run went unnoticed by the Wolves defence and Dennis Bergkamp's mishit shot looped beyond Paul Jones in the home goal. It was slightly unfair on a combative Wolves side, who were doing a good job of muscling Arsenal out of their stride. Denis Irwin's 20th minute free kick then gave Jens Lehmann in the Arsenal goal a fright before flying wide of an unguarded post. However, five minutes later, Dave Jones' side got their reward. Colin Cameron's corner was nodded back across goal by Jody Craddock and Ioan Viorel Ganea's instinctive prod made it 1-1. The Romanian international was making his Premiership debut after moving to Wolves from Turkish side Bursaspor on loan. Seven minutes after the break, Irwin saw another chance from a free kick elude the goal by a fraction - but the home side could not maintain the tempo they displayed in the first half and Arsenal gradually took control. Just before the hour, a measured pass from Robert Pires put Thierry Henry through on goal and the highly-rated striker rolled the ball past the 'keeper for his 17th goal of the season. Five minutes after that, another Arsenal goal killed the game off. Again Pires was involved; Patrick Vieira pulled his cross back and Kolo Toure was in the perfect position to make it 3-1, giving Arsenal all three points. Arsenal stay two points clear of Manchester United - who won 4-3 at Everton - and go nine clear of Chelsea, who play on Sunday. Wolves remain in the drop zone. (AP)