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Chamakh fires Gunners brace

Two-goal Marouane Chamakh got Arsenal back on the winning trail with a 2-0 triumph against gallant Wolves at Molineux.

Chamakh struck after only 39 seconds when he headed in a cross from Alex Song and wrapped up victory in injury-time.

It was the perfect riposte after their shock home reversal against Newcastle and kept Mick McCarthy's side in the bottom three.

Arsenal got off to the perfect start through Chamakh's seventh goal of the campaign. Song made a break down the right before delivering a probing cross - and Chamakh was first to react in sending his header past Marcus Hahnemann.

It needed a fine save from Hahnemann to prevent Arsenal from doubling their lead. Andrey Arshavin raced clear but Hahnemann came quickly off his line to reduce the angle and he blocked the resulting shot.

Wolves started to get a foothold in the game and Kevin Doyle came close to putting them on level terms. Stephen Hunt floated in an inswinging free-kick from the right flank and Doyle's back header was only inches too high.

Wolves came close to emulating Arsenal's quickfire start to the first half in the opening minute of the second period. Matt Jarvis' low ball across the six-yard box was met by Nenad Milijas but Bacary Sagna made a crucial block.

Wolves started to apply pressure and Lukasz Fabianski tipped over a curling effort from Doyle which looked destined for the top corner of the net. Tomasz Rosicky then came to Arsenal's rescue after 58 minutes when he cleared Richard Stearman's close-range effort off the line from Nenad Milijas' corner.

Wolves were saved by the woodwork six minutes later as Arshavin's low drive beat the dive of Hahnemann but rebounded to safety off a post.

Doyle almost rescued a point for Wolves when his low shot flew inches wide. But in the dying seconds Chamakh wrapped up the points with a clinical piece of finishing.

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