Arsenal down Bolton

The 22-year-old Spaniard scored the opener and played a big part in compatriot Fran Merida's first league goal as Arsenal moved to 45 points with United, who have played a game more, on 47 and Chelsea on 48.

Another two-goal victory when Arsenal play Bolton at home in a re-arranged fixture on Wednesday would put Arsene Wenger's side on top of the table for the first time since August.

Aston Villa became the latest top-four challenger to squander an opportunity when they were held to a goalless draw by West Ham United and Fulham's poor away form continued with a 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Tottenham Hotspur occupy the fourth position with 38 points but they were held 0-0 at home by Hull City. Manchester City are fifth, also on 38, after losing for the first time under Roberto Mancini, 2-0 at Everton, with Villa sixth on 36.

Liverpool are seventh on 34 following their 1-1 draw at Stoke City. After watching Chelsea and United rack up ten goals the pressure was on Arsenal to win at second-bottom Bolton.

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