Gunners take a grip on third

Arsenal have opened up a five-point gap over Tottenham and Newcastle in third with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Wolves on Wednesday night.

The Molineux side’s job has made more difficult by the fact that Sebastian Bassong was sent off for fouling Theo Walcott in the box within eight minutes, with Robin van Persie scoring the resulting penalty.

Walcott doubled the visitors’ advantage two minutes later, whilst Yossi Benayoun completed the scoring in the second half.

Arsene Wenger was in a positive mood after the game, and admitted that finishing in third was now a real possibility.

“I’m pleased we got the three points, a clean sheet and scored three goals,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“We wanted to start strong and we had good pace; a good, remarkable start. That got us to two nil and put them in a weak position because they were down to 10 men.

“Third is looking good but in our job, when you have my experience, you’re always cautious.

“It’s not that easy because Wolves came deep at the start, they played higher. When they were down to 10 men they played deeper and defended very well.

“You have to give them big credit because they have shown a remarkable spirit and never gave up and did fight for the ball until the last minute of the game.

“If they can keep that spirit they still have a chance to stay in the league,” he concluded.

Arsenal take on Wigan next Monday at the Emirates Stadium.

By Gareth McKnight