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Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. Direct free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Shot on goal by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from just inside the area goes over the target.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Adam Hammill. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
Kevin Foley concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Johan Djourou takes the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Theo Walcott misses to the right of the goal.
Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Kevin Doyle leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Fletcher. Neves Denilson fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Karl Henry.
Jack Wilshere goes off and Neves Denilson comes on. The referee blows for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
Johan Djourou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Kevin Doyle takes the direct free kick.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Marouane Chamakh coming on for Robin van Persie. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Andrey Arshavin. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis. Ronald Zubar restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on in place of Nenad Milijas.
Jamie O'Hara leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Foley.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
George Elokobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas. Free kick taken by George Elokobi.
Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Wolverhampton.Assist on the goal came from Theo Walcott.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
Karl Henry challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Andrey Arshavin on Adam Hammill, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Jack Wilshere.
Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Nenad Milijas.
Nenad Milijas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line.
Booking for Ronald Zubar for unsporting behaviour. Ronald Zubar concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
Corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Doyle is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Hammill takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Ronald Zubar misses to the left of the goal.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Nenad Milijas manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Shot from close in by Andrey Arshavin misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Richard Stearman. Andrey Arshavin takes the direct free kick.
Robin van Persie fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Francesc Fabregas.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nenad Milijas.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
Ronald Zubar fouled by Andrey Arshavin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Indirect free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Doyle. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Foul by Johan Djourou on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Adam Hammill restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Christophe Berra. Robin van Persie shoots direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Andrey Arshavin. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Wenger puts Wolves clash first
Arsene Wenger insists the match against Wolves is his priority ahead of Arsenal's clash against Barcelona in the Champions League next week.
The Arsenal manager is not tempted to rest any of his players against a side who ended Manchester United's unbeaten Premier League run at Molineux last weekend.
Abou Diaby is suspended after being sent off against Newcastle last weekend but Johan Djourou is fit and Denilson returns.
Robin van Persie has also recovered from the flu which kept him out of Holland's friendly against Austria in midweek.
Wenger said: "There is no Barcelona in mind. There is Wolverhampton in mind. That's what is important to us, the championship.
"We fought so hard to be in this position now that the most important thing is that we focus on the Premiership."
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy does not believe his side's shock win over Manchester United will have any bearing when they visit the Emirates Stadium.
United were unbeaten in the Premier League this season until their bottom-versus-top clash at Molineux on Saturday ended in a 2-1 defeat.
McCarthy was delighted with his players for securing that result but does not think momentum - or lack of it - will count for much when they face Arsenal.
To illustrate the point, McCarthy recalled his side's previous away day - a disappointing 1-0 reverse against Bolton.
"I don't take the view that the game before has a direct effect on the next game," he said. "It can't, because when you see our result against Bolton, how on earth does it stack up what we did against Manchester United?
"Most people would have thought they'd have turned up here and slapped us."
McCarthy will be looking forward to going into a second successive match as long-odds outsiders, a position he is at ease with.
"Being the underdog gives you something to fight for," he said.
"It's great to prove people wrong but it's not so much proving people wrong as proving you can do it because I genuinely don't look to see what other people are saying."
McCarthy could retain the starting XI that ended United's winning run.
Loan signing Jamie O'Hara made his first start in that match and is likely to retain his place despite being replaced by Kevin Foley after an hour .
Stephen Hunt missed that game with a calf strain and could be out again, while Michael Kightly (knee) and Adlene Guedioura (leg) remain on the injured list.
Gunners back in winning groove
Wolves somehow avoided a landslide as Arsenal banished memories of Newcastle's comeback last week with a comprehensive 2-0 victory in the Barclays Premier League at the Emirates.
Robin Van Persie scored both goals, the first an athletic volleyed effort, and having surrendered a four-goal lead at St James' Park, the Gunners never looked like losing their way this time.
Relegation candidates Wolves, meanwhile, may just be happy not to have conceded more after the hosts somehow failed to add to their tally despite numerous chances.
Having been deployed in the anchor role for England in midweek, Jack Wilshere almost immediately set about showing his attacking credentials.
One nice touch set up an early Arsenal break and then, with three minutes gone, he left Jamie O'Hara for dead as he surged toward the Wolves box.
Christophe Berra tripped him just outside the area to set up a promising free-kick for Van Persie, but he shot well over.
The Dutchman's radar was even further off moments later when he screwed Alex Song's pass well wide from 20 yards.
With 16 minutes gone Arsenal scored the opener, Cesc Fabregas floating a cross in from the right channel and Van Persie executing a wonderful volley from a horizontal position.
Andrey Arshavin should have made it 2-0 four minutes later but fluffed his shot after Wayne Hennessey misread a Van Persie corner.
Wolves seemed most troublesome from corners, Berra and Ronald Zubar both winning headers but failing to test Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.
The visitors seemed increasingly nervy though, Hennessey suffering from a lack of communication with his defenders and Wilshere coasting into the box uncontested.
Wolves somehow avoided going further behind twice in the space of seconds as Arsenal exerted more pressure.
Wilshere freed Arshavin with a glorious long pass before the Russian left Zubar on his backside as he pivoted and cut across to Van Persie.
His shot was saved brilliantly by Hennessey only for the loose ball to reach Fabregas, whose low drive ricocheted off the retreating Richard Stearman on the line.
An offside flag, as well as a modest finish, denied Arshavin after fine work by Walcott and despite being just one behind, Wolves looked shellshocked.
Referee Chris Foy turned down a penalty appeal from Arshavin and Hennessey saved well from Van Persie at his near post seconds before the interval to leave Wolves, improbably, still in the game.
Wilshere continued to show his class as the second period started, easing past a handful of Wolves players in the penalty area and laying the ball off to the supporting Walcott for what looked a certain goal.
Walcott contrived to send his shot wide and looked almost as shocked as his team-mates not be celebrating a second.
Hennessey was playing his part too, saving smartly with his foot after Nenad Milijas looked as if he might turn Walcott's cross over his own line.
By now the game was being played almost exclusively in Wolves' final third, with Arshavin and Walcott causing endless problems on the wings.
Finally, with 56 minutes on the clock, Van Persie made it 2-0.
Fabregas was the creator with a perfectly-weighted pass from the deep leaving Walcott and Van Persie with a two on one against Berra.
The England winger did his job, rolling the ball to his team-mate who slotted home his 10th league goal of the season.
The chances continued, first Fabregas and then Van Persie going close.
Walcott had more energy than even the Wolves substitutes and drew a foul from replacement striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake after 72 minutes.
With Barcelona awaiting on Wednesday, Arsene Wenger used the break in play to withdraw Arshavin and Van Persie, with the superb Wilshere following soon after.
Arsenal's tempo slowed from then and they had a hairy moment off an 82nd-minute corner when Szczesny was forced to palm a looping ball over the bar.
Walcott probably deserved a goal and was unlucky to see a late effort smothered by the brave Hennessey following a neat one-two with Marouane Chamakh.
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