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Arsenal back on top of English Premier League after win over Wolverhampton Wanderers

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By AP (Associated Press)

Published : Apr 21, 2024, 10:56 AM IST

The much-needed victory, which ended a painful week for Arsenal that lost ground in the title race after defeat at home to Aston Villa and was then knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich, puts Mikel Arteta's team one point above the second-placed Manchester City.

Arsenal's Martin Odegaard celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, April 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Arsenal's Martin Odegaard celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, April 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Wolverhampton: Arsenal moved back to the top of the English Premier League by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux. Late goals in each half by Leandro Trossard and Martin Odegaard secured the win.

Mikel Arteta's team rose one point ahead of second-placed Manchester City, which beat Chelsea 1-0 in an FA Cup semifinal. Victory ended a painful week for Arsenal, which lost ground in the title race after defeat at home to Aston Villa and was then knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

City has a game in hand on the London side, but the win should settle nerves after those recent setbacks. Arsenal went ahead in the 45th minute when Trossard lashed a right-foot shot off the post and into the top corner from just inside the box. Replays appeared to show he sliced his first-time effort, but he could hardly have placed it better.

He converted from the tightest of angles on the right after seeing his first effort saved. Wolves came close to scoring before Trossard's opener when Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya pushed Joao Gomes' shot onto the post. Gary O'Neil's team is without a win in its last six games in all competitions.

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