gunners on cruise gear

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his charges pulled off an overall good performance when romped to a 4-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The win moved Arsenal into second place in the Premier League while Manchester City's hopes of threatening the top four were hit by a fifth consecutive draw. City drew 3-3 with Burnley after having battled back from a two-goal deficit to lead with three minutes remaining.

Tottenham Hotspur moved back into the top four, above City, with a 2-0 home defeat of Sunderland after two consecutive losses while Aston Villa climbed to fifth with a 5-1 hammering of Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park.

Portsmouth remain bottom of the table after losing 3-1 at fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers.

Arsenal took their goal tally to 36 in 11 league games with captain Cesc Fabregas again magnificent for the Gunners as he scored his ninth goal of the season.

"Overall it was a good performance," Wenger told the BBC.

"Our belief is there, we want to give our best in every game. We have great potential and we can go from strength to strength."

Wolves have now dropped into the bottom three. They started well but own goals by Ronald Zubar and Jody Craddock scuppered any hopes of a first win over Arsenal since 1979.

Fabregas finished off a flowing move to make the second half academic and Andrei Arshavin rifled in a shot to make it 4-0 before Craddock scored a late consolation.

Manchester City looked to have sealed the points when goals from Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy wiped out Burnley's 2-0 lead but Kevin McDonald struck late to earn the visitors their first away point this season.

"It's fair to say we were disappointed with our first half performance," City manager Mark Hughes told Sky Sports. - Reuters