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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Arsenal capitalise

Arsenal strengthened their top-four hopes with an impressive 2-1 victory at Sunderland as the sides around them faltered.

It was a perfect weekend for Arsene Wenger's men after Chelsea, Newcastle United and Liverpool all lost. Arsenal leapfrogged Chelsea and Newcastle to take pole position in the race for fourth spot.

The Gunners travelled to a Sunderland side unbeaten at home under Martin O'Neill and looked to be heading for defeat when James McClean gave the hosts a second-half lead. People who bet on Premier League games may have been expecting a shock.

Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal back on level terms five minutes later, before Thierry Henry signed off with an injury-time winner. The Sunderland game was Henry's last in the Premier League before returning to New York Bulls.

Chelsea were without a win in four before their clash against Everton at Goodison Park and found themselves behind when Steven Pienaar fired into the roof of the net after five minutes. Denis Stracqualursi sealed the win in the second half to dent Chelsea's Champions League hopes.

Chelsea's defeat opened the door to Newcastle but they were taken apart by a rampant Spurs side at White Hart Lane. Fans of Premier League betting predictions should remember this.

Goals from Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Niko Kranjcar and a Louis Saha double gave Spurs an unassailable 4-0 half-time lead. Emmanuel Adebayor capped off a fine individual performance with a fifth after the break to leave Newcastle stunned.

Liverpool started the weekend the lowest placed of the four sides and that is where they finished it after a Saturday lunchtime defeat at Old Trafford.

In a game again dominated by Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney was the hero for Manchester United with a precious double. Suarez grabbed a late consolation for Liverpool.

It has been another tough season for Arsenal, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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