Thursday, April 12th, 2012
It was not lost on Arsenal fans that their match at Wolves turned on the actions of a Spurs player – as Sebastien Bassing bringing down Theo Walcott ensured Arsene Wenger’s side went 1-0 up and left the struggling home side down to 10 men.
Arsenal are now five points clear of faltering Tottenham and play league games against Wigan and Chelsea at home before their north London rivals next appear in the Premier League (away at QPR).
The chase for third seems to have invigorated Arsenal and their supporters with finishing above Spurs now looking likely with what was a 13-point gap after 31 minutes of the north London derby completely obliterated.
There were a few fine moments for Arsenal fans to enjoy during the comfortable win at Wolves. Most notably, the opening goal, scored from the penalty spot by Robin van Persie.
The Dutchman, who hadn’t scored for four games, produced a classy “Panenka” penalty that left Wayne Hennessey helpless and led to a new nickname: Robin van Panenka.
Another highlight, was Wojciech Szczesny’s excellent save at 2-0, as the Pole in goal flung himself to stop Wolves coming back into the match.
Which all meant, the Arsenal fans were able to sing “Tottenham, mind the gap” on their way out of Molineux.