Manchester United and Arsenal continued their unbeaten runs in English soccer’s Premier League while Wigan moved out of last place.
Nani and Wayne Rooney scored two goals each as Manchester United defeated Wolverhampton 4-2 to extend its undefeated streak to six league matches. Arsenal made it eight straight unbeaten as Robin van Persie scored in a 1-0 win over Everton.
Wigan won 2-1 at West Brom, Aston Villa beat Bolton 2-1, Norwich defeated Newcastle 4-2, Liverpool beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 and Swansea was a 2-0 winner over Fulham.
Nani and Rooney scored once in each half as United rebounded from a loss at Basel three days ago that knocked it out of the Champions League. United pulled within two points of first-place Manchester City and moved five points ahead of third-place Tottenham.
Nani put United in front after just 17 minutes at Old Trafford and Rooney scored 10 minutes later to end an eight-game goalless drought in the league. After Steven Fletcher’s goal for Wolves two minutes after halftime, Nani and Rooney scored 10 minutes apart once again to secure the victory.
Van Persie scored his league-leading 15th goal at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal moved up to fourth place on the day the club celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Van Persie volleyed in a chip from Alex Song in the 70th minute, giving him 12 goals during Arsenal’s unbeaten run. The Gunners are undefeated in their last 16 home matches with Everton.
Bolton on Bottom
Jordi Gomez scored with a penalty kick in the 57th minute as Wigan rallied to move out of last place and also out of the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings. West Brom’s Steven Reed opened the scoring minute before Victor Moses tied it for Wigan.
Bolton now sits last after a 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa, which got goals from Marc Albrighton and Stylian Petrov. Ivan Klasnic scored for Bolton, which has just nine points from 15 matches.
Grant Holt had two goals in Norwich’s home win over 10-man Newcastle. Wes Hoolahan and Steve Morison also scored for the Canaries.
Demba Ba had both goals for Newcastle, which had Dan Gosling sent off for a two-footed challenge in the 66th minute. Newcastle lost for just the third time this season, but is winless in its last four matches.
Luis Suarez’s goal lifted Liverpool past QPR, while Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham scored and Michel Vorm stopped Clint Dempsey’s penalty kick as Swansea beat Fulham to end a four-match winless run.
Sunderland hosts Blackburn and Tottenham visits Stoke tomorrow, while league-leading Manchester City is at Chelsea in two days.