Cesc Fàbregas (pictured), Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin gave Arsenal enough firepower to outlast stubborn Burnley at the Emirates 3-1 to go level on points with Chelsea. Fàbregas scored in the first half but was equalized through David Nugent on 50 minutes. Walcott scored his first goal since October for the Gunners on the hour with Arshavin sealing the game in extra-time. So Arsenal are now tied on points with Chelsea but sit two goals shy in the differential race. Both sides were passed by Manchester United later in the day. Burnley again missed an opportunity to claw their way out of the relegation zone, though they are still just a single point short of staying in the top flight.
As mentioned, Manchester United took over first place in the Premier League with their 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Paul Scholes scored the game’s only goal in the 73rd minute as United overcame the absence of Wayne Rooney to scrap three points together. Chelsea do still have a game in hand and Arsenal are close behind in third, but for the rest of the weekend anyway, United are back on top. Wolves will be disappointed to have failed to earn a point with a scrappy performance. They remain in seventeenth place, precariously situated above Hull City by way of goal differential.
And Bolton Wanderers emerged from the fray at the bottom of the table to move five points clear of the drop zone with a nice 2-1 away victory over West Ham United at Upton Park. Kevin Davies and loanee Jack Wilshere put the Trotters ahead by two goals after just sixteen minutes and the visitors held on to earn the full three points. Alessandro Diamanti’s 88th minute goal gave the home side brief hope of salvaging a point but the Hammers drop all three again and see Bolton jump them into thirteenth place. West Ham are now fourteenth and still just three points clear of relegation.