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Arsenal romp boosts title chances

Arsenal players celebrate their superb 4-1 victory at Wolves on Saturday.
Arsenal players celebrate their superb 4-1 victory at Wolves on Saturday.
  • Arsenal win 4-1 at Wolves to move into second place in English Premier League
  • Two own goals and strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin for Gunners
  • Tottenham up to fourth after 2-0 home win over Sunderland
  • Top of the table Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Sunday

(CNN) -- Arsenal underlined their English title credentials with a 4-1 thrashing of Wolves at Molineux in Saturday's late kickoff in the Premier League.

The comprehensive victory, courtesy of two own goals from the home side and later strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin lifts Arsene Wenger's men to within two points of leaders Chelsea and ahead of champions Manchester United on goal difference in second place.

Chelsea and United are playing on Sunday in a top of the table clash at Stamford Bridge.

Wenger believes his men are firmly in the championship race with 36 goals from 11 games this season.

"I don't know what other people think -- the most important is what we believe and our belief if there," the Frenchman told Press Association.

"I know we have great potential and we go from strength to strength."

Arsenal had three points in the bag before halftime as Ronald Zubar and Jody Craddock put through their own net and the brilliant Fabregas finished off a slick passnig move.

Russian ace Arshavin made it 4-0 on the hour before Craddock claimed a late consolation goal for Wolves, who are now in the relegation zone.

Earlier, Tottenham moved into fourth place with a 2--0 home win over Sunderland with goals in either half from Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone.

Keane's 10th minute strike came through Tottenham's first meaningful attack and they were outplayed for large periods by a Sunderland team which has impressed this season.

The turning point came in the second half as Darren Bent won a penalty after being pulled down by home keeper Heurelho Gomes, who appeared lucky to escape a red card.

Gomes duly saved Bent's spot kick and soon afterwards Huddlestone thumped home the clinching second.

Tottenham leapfrog Manchester City, who were held to a disappointing 3-3 home draw by Lancastrian neighbors Burnley.

I know we have great potential and we go from strength to strength
--Arsene Wenger

Big-spending City have not won since September and were two down as center back Joleon Lescott gave away a penalty, converted by Graham Alexander, and Steven Fletcher tapped home at the far post for the second.

City quickly hit back through Shaun Wright-Phillips and in the second half Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy scored to put City ahead -- only for substitute Kiven McDonald to grab a late equalizer.

"It is frustrating and disappointing because we got ourselves into a winning position," City boss Mark Hughes told Sky Sports News after seeing his side slip to sixth.

Aston Villa are also in the battle for a Champions League spot after a convincing 5-1 home win over struggling Bolton at Villa Park to go fifth.

Ashley Young opened the scoring after five minutes and Gabriel Agbonlahor adding another just before the break with Johan Elmander then pulling one back for Bolton.

But John Carew, James Milner and Carlos Cuellar all scored in the second half for Villa to bounce back after their disappointing midweek defeat at West Ham.

Portsmouth stay bottom after losing 3-1 at Blackburn, despite leading after 15 minutes through Jamie O'Hara.

But swine flu victim Jason Roberts scored twice in the second half for Blackburn with Ryan Nelsen also on target.