Arsenal had this game wrapped up by the 11 minute mark as they made light work of a poor Wolves side to pull five points clear of Spurs in the race for automatic Champions League qualification.
Once Walcott had got the wrong side of Bassong to chase a clever van Persie pass there was only going to be one outcome. Sure enough the ex-Spurs man clumsily bundled Theo over in the box to leave the referee no option but to point to the spot and brandish a red card.
van Persie dispelled any notion he was feeling the pressure after going four games without a goal by dinking a cheeky, confident penalty past Hennessey.
Two minutes later Captain Fantastic provided another good pass for Theo which saw the England man speed into the area and place a low shot past Hennessey for 2-0.
So 11 minutes gone, two goals and a man up against the bottom side — game over. Indeed that’s how Arsenal played for the rest of the half, casually stroking the ball around the pitch with seemingly little interest in scoring again. The beleaguered Wolves players were growing frustrated that they couldn’t even get near the ball and these frustrations boiled over as they launched into three or four nasty challenges with Arteta and Benayoun in particular on the wrong end of some typically rough tactics from the home team. He may no longer work at Molineux, but this is still very much a Mick McCarthy side (which is why they are going down).
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After the break Arsenal upped the tempo slightly and created a couple of good chances. Ramsey went clean through but delayed his shot too long (that boy needs to develop some composure) but it was Wolves who almost scored the next goal when Doyle’s close range header was brilliantly tipped wide by Szczesny. I’m delighted that after having nothing to do for an hour, Szczesny was still alert enough to make such a good save because good concentration levels is the sign of a top class keeper.
That close call stung Arsenal into action and a few minutes later Yossi Benayoun got the decisive third. Alex Song found himself free on the left edge of the area and slipped the ball to the little Israeli, who struck a low shot inside the near post with Hennessey rooted.
So a good night’s work from Wenger’s men sees them pull five points clear of Spurs with just five games to go. We now have two home games coming up against Wigan and Chelsea before Spurs play their next league game at QPR. Win those two and not only will we have ended Chelsea’s slim chance of catching us, but we’ll be 11 points in front of Spurs — now won’t that be something!
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