Arsenal solidified their case for third place with an easy enough 3-0 win against hapless Wolverhampton, who made things far easier for their guests by contriving to gift them with a penalty and a red card less than ten minutes into the match. Yossi Benayoun played Theo Walcott clean through on goal with just eight minutes gone, and when Sebastian Bassong brought the winger down there was little chance of anything but a spot kick and a dismissal for the on-loan centre back.
Robin van Persie converted the penalty for the 1-0 lead and Walcott made it two three minutes later with a curling effort that followed a neat one-two with van Persie and left Wayne Hennesey virtually helpless. Strangely, despite putting themselves in a great position to absolutely rout their opponents, Arsenal failed to press on and nearly let their 10-man opponents back into the match just after the break, with Wojciech Szczesny forced into an excellent save when Kevin Doyle looked near-certain to score.
Benayoun soon re-established Arsenal's dominance, however, spotting a hole from 20 yards and guiding a low shot into the bottom corner, and although there was a bit of sloppiness in the visitors play after that they never looked particularly likely to give their opponents a consolation goal.