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Rampant Gunners go second

ARSENAL romped to a 4-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday to move into second place in the English Premier League while Manchester City's hopes of threatening the top four were hit by a fifth consecutive draw.

City drew 3-3 with Burnley after having battled back from a two-goal deficit to lead with three minutes remaining.

Tottenham Hotspur moved back into the top four, above City, with a 2-0 home defeat of Sunderland after two consecutive losses while Aston Villa climbed to fifth with a 5-1 hammering of Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park.

Portsmouth remains bottom of the table after losing 1-3 at fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers.

Arsenal took its goal tally to 36 in 11 league games with captain Cesc Fabregas again magnificent for the Gunners as he scored his ninth goal of the season. Arsenal's first two goals were scored by Wolves players.

"Overall it was a good performance," Wenger said. "They made a strong start - but once we got ahead, we controlled it."

Wolves, who dropped into the bottom three, started well but own goals by Ronald Zubar and Jody Craddock scuppered any hopes of a first win over Arsenal since 1979. Fabregas finished off a flowing move to make the second half academic and Andrei Arshavin rifled in a shot to make it 4-0 before Craddock scored a late consolation.

City looked to have sealed the points when Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy wiped out Burnley's 2-0 lead but Kevin McDonald struck late to earn the visitors their first away point this season.

City, which last won a league game in September, fell to sixth on 20 points, Villa has 21 while Tottenham is on 22. Arsenal has 25, the same as champion Manchester United but has a much superior goal difference.

United was facing leader Chelsea last night.


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