Arsenal strengthened their grip on a Champions League spot as early goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott put them on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves at Molineux.

Van Persie scored the opener from the penalty spot after Wolves' on-loan defender Sebastien Bassong was sent off for bringing down Walcott, who added a second a minute later.

Yossi Benayoun netted the third after the break and the Gunners are now five points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League with just five games remaining.

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