Robin van Persie scored twice to secure Arsenal’s victory over Wolves and keep them in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester United. The Dutchman sent a free-kick over and also sliced wide before scoring with a sweet volley from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. Wayne Hennessey kept out Theo Walcott’s shot and Richard Stearman blocked on the line from Fabregas within seconds. Walcott shot wide when he should have scored but the winger later squared for Van Persie to lash in his second. The striker, who has now notched nine goals in five games, was in sparkling form once again and was matched by a stellar performance from midfielder Jack Wilshere.
The pair were far too good for a Wolves side that have now lost 11 out of their 13 games on the road this season, and the visitors never looked likely to improve that woeful record at the Emirates. Only a series of outstanding stops by keeper Hennessey – and also some poor finishing from Arsenal – prevented the Gunners potentially breaking another Premier League record. Arsenal were shining bright in a match that had begun with hailstones smashing down in the stadium. And Andrey Arshavin should have made it 2-0 but failed to properly connect with a corner that evaded Hennessey, the Russian sending his volley wide of the gaping goal.