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PREMIER LEAGUE: Relegation begins to set in as Wolves beaten easily by Arsenal

Wolves' chances of avoiding relegation have taken a further hit following a 3-0 home loss to Arsenal tonight.

It was another horror night for Terry Connor's side who were reduced to ten men early before conceding twice in the first half and then rallying until a late Gunners goal wrapped up proceedings for the visitors.

Things started badly for Wolves when defender Sebastien Bassong, on loan from Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham, was sent off inside eight minutes for his challenge on Theo Walcott for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. It was a tough call on Bassong but the contact was definitely there giving referee Neil Swarbrick no choice but to produce a red card and award a penalty to the Gunners.

Skipper Robin van Persie stepped up to the spot and audaciously chipped his effort down the middle, after Wayne Hennessey had moved to this right, to end a scoring drought of four matches.

Minutes later, Arsenal were two to the good when Walcott and van Persie exchanged passes just outside the area on the right before the former took it on himself to beat Hennessey at his near post with a pinpoint attempt.

Wolves had done well to keep themselves in it with a few chances but any hope of a revival was snuffed out with about 20 minutes left when Yossi Benayoun received a neat cutback pass from Alex Song before lashing from the edge of the area with Hennessey rooted to his spot.

Arsenal were sloppy at times but in the end got the job done over a team who have now lost seven in a row to sit six points below second-bottom Blackburn Rovers with just five matches remaining.

For Arsene Wenger's men, the victory put them five points clear in third, ahead of Tottenham and Newcastle United to make it eight wins from their past nine.

TRIBAL ASKS: Should Wolves start getting ready for the Championship or is there still hope?

Wolves: 0 Arsenal: 3 (Robin van Persie (p) 9', Theo Walcott 11', Yossi Benayoun 69')

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton - 25,815

Yellow cards:WOL - Kevin Doyle 40', Ronald Zubar 56', Michael Kightly 58' ARS - nil

Red card:WOL - Sebastien Bassong 8'

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