Arsenal go into Christmas FIVE points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table following 2-0 win away at Wolves thanks to Martin Odegaard’s second half double

    Martin Odegaard has sent Arsenal five points clear of Manchester City heading into Christmas after scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Wolves.

    The Citizens were stunned by Brentford earlier on Saturday as Ivan Toney’s double ensured the Gunners would go into the World Cup at the top of the table.

    Arsenal playmaker Odegaard broke the deadlock in the 55th minute against Wolves

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    Arsenal playmaker Odegaard broke the deadlock in the 55th minute against Wolves

    Odegaard scored twice at Molineux to send the Gunners five points clear at the top of the table

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    Odegaard scored twice at Molineux to send the Gunners five points clear at the top of the table

    And Mikel Arteta‘s side seized on their opportunity to extend their lead over Pep Guardiola’s side after grinding out a hard-fought at Molineux.

    It was the perfect response from Arsenal following their Carabao Cup exit midweek where Brighton eased to a 3-1 win at the Emirates.

    But the north London outfit were made to work for the three points, with Granit Xhaka going off early in the 16th minute through suspected sickness.

    The Switzerland skipper was replaced by Fabio Vieira, who created the goal for Odegaard in the 55th minute.

    A fast free-flowing move saw Gabriel Jesus slip in the Portuguese midfielder down the left flank.

    He then dinked the ball across the six-yard box over the onrushing Jose Sa where Odegaard tapped home from close range.

    Xhaka went off early on against Wolves where he was replaced by Vieira

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    Xhaka went off early on against Wolves where he was replaced by Vieira

    Odegaard doubled his and Arsenal’s tally with a fine strike in the 76th minute

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    Odegaard doubled his and Arsenal’s tally with a fine strike in the 76th minute

    And Odegaard grabbed his second of the night 21 minutes later after great work from Gabriel Martinelli and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    Martinelli played in the versatile Ukrainian down the left flank, who whipped in a fizzing cross into the box.

    The ball fell to Martinelli, who was denied by Sa, with Odegaard rifling home the rebound from ten yards out into the bottom left corner.

    It is now 11 games without a goal for Jesus, who once again missed a hatful of chances.

    Arsenal have won 12 out of their 14 top-flight matches this season

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    Arsenal have won 12 out of their 14 top-flight matches this season

    Arteta’s men have continued their stunning form in the Premier League

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    Arteta’s men have continued their stunning form in the Premier League

    The Brazilian had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half after volleying the ball home after latching onto a Martinelli cross.

    He then smacked the bar shortly after after jinxing inside the box, before volleying well wide at the far post before the break.

    Despite their missed chances, Arsenal were fortunate to go into the break on level terms after William Saliba appeared to have fouled Goncalo Guedes inside the box.

    But the linesman flagged for offside, though replays showed Guedes was onside with VAR failing to notice the error.

    The hosts looked dangerous whenever they went forward, with Daniel Podence, Ruben Neves and Adama Traore all going close.

    New boss Julen Lopetegui was watching on from the stands, and though his side remain rooted to the bottom of the table, he will be encouraged by Wolves’ display.

    New Wolves boss Lopetegui watched the match from the stands as he prepares to take over

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    New Wolves boss Lopetegui watched the match from the stands as he prepares to take over

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