United on top, Gunners get job done

Paul Scholes’ 100th Premier League goal midway through the second

half saw United claim all three points at Molineux. Scholes settled

a tense encounter 17 minutes from time, when he kept a cool head to

beat Marcus Hahnemann after Jody Craddock’s clearance had fallen

nicely for the veteran midfielder. The Red Devils laboured badly at

times without injured talisman Wayne Rooney, who Sir Alex Ferguson

rates as “a big doubt” for Wednesday’s Champions League return with

AC Milan. And they were hugely relieved when Sam Vokes blazed a

clear opportunity over in stoppage time. The victory took United

two points clear of Chelsea at the top, though the Blues have a

game in hand. Arsenal missed a host of chances but still managed to

see off Burnley 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, putting them level on

points with the Blues. Arsene Wenger’s side took the lead in the

34th minute through Cesc Fabregas but Burnley levelled in the 50th

minute when David Nugent pounced to make the most of some hesitancy

in the home defence. Arsenal grabbed a second 10 minutes later when

England winger Theo Walcott took a pass from Nicklas Bendtner – who

was guilty of a hat-trick of misses himself – to put the Gunners

ahead. Andrey Arshavin completed the scoring in added time to leave

Burnley rooted just one place off the bottom. In Saturday

afternoon’s only other game, Bolton leapfrogged West Ham with a

fine 2-1 success over their struggling rivals at Upton Park. Bolton

had not won on the road since last September but Owen Coyle’s side

were two ahead inside the first 16 minutes when goals from Kevin

Davies and Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere stunned the home side. West

Ham tried to fightback but Alessandro Diamanti’s 84th minute strike

was too little too late for Gianfranco Zola’s side.