thrilling performance identical to Wednesday’s meant Arsenal continued their ascendancy in the Premier League – jumping to second place ahead of Sunday’s showdown between Chelsea and United.

Like a week ago, Arsenal virtually had victory secured with the second-half to spare today.

Eduardo forced two own goals before Fabregas wrapped up matters by half-time.

Andrey Arshavin added a fourth in the second half to complete a comfortable evening’s work for the Gunners, while Craddock notched a late consolation for Mick McCarthy’s men.

Wolves did start the brighter, and tested the Arsenal back line with a number of dangerous set-pieces early on.

It was, however, the visitors who took the lead after 28 minutes when Zubar, under pressure from Eduardo, turned a swinging corner into his own net.

Seven minutes later it was two, with Robin van Persie providing strike partner Eduardo with the opportunity to lift a delicate lob over the onrushing Wayne Hennessey – although his effort did take a wicked deflection off Craddock.

Arsenal were now in cruise control and ensured that they would be leaving with maximum points moments before half-time when Fabregas squeezed an effort inside the post from a tight angle.

The North London outfit continued to dominate after the break and Arshavin duly drilled a fourth low into the bottom corner on 66 minutes when Wolves could only half-clear a corner.

Arsenal yet again gifted consolation to their beaten opponents when Craddock rose highest to plant a powerful header past Manuel Almunia on 89 minutes, but they had been well outclassed.

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