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Premier League: Arsenal beats Wolves to go four points clear at top

Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard score early to give Arsenal four-point lead at top

Reuters London Published 03.12.23, 09:15 AM
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Arsenal moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League as early goals by Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard fired them to a 2-1 victory at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

In freezing temperatures, Arsenal made a lightning-fast start and the points always looked secure from the moment captain Odegaard doubled their advantage in the 13th minute.

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Saka had given Mikel Arteta’s side the lead in the sixth minute after some intricate link-up play sent him clear.

Wolves re-grouped and gradually began to make a few inroads although Arsenal were untroubled until Matheus Cunha shot powerfully past home keeper David Raya after 86 minutes to set up an unexpectedly nervy climax.

Arsenal have 33 points from 14 games with champions Manchester City, who host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, on 29 and Liverpool and Aston Villa, also in action on Sunday, on 28.

Big for Burnley

Burnley produced a dazzling display to crush 10-man Sheffield United 5-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday and secure their first home points of the Premier League season.

Burnley had started the game bottom of the table and were the only team in the top four divisions without a home point, but victory moved them up two places to 18th as Sheffield dropped to 19th.

Burnley and Sheffield were involved in a title race in last season’s Championship, but as it was in that campaign, Vincent Kompany’s side possessed more quality and dominated from start to finish.

Brentford move up

Brentford moved into the top half of the Premier League table — and above West London rivals Chelsea at least for a day — after beating Luton Town 3-1 at the Gtech Community Stadium.

French striker Neal Maupay, on loan from Everton and back in the starting line-up, broke the ice on a freezing afternoon in the capital by sweeping home from close range in the 49th. Mee then made it 2-0, heading in after a 56th minute corner. Luton grabbed one back in the 76th minute through substitute Jacob Brown but Brentford made sure of the three points when Shandon Baptiste scored from close range in the 81st.

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