Manchester United moved ten points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Fulham.
Although Arsenal have two games in hand Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will take some catching given their relentless form. Chelsea attempted to stay in the chase with a narrow 1-0 win against bottom side Wigan.
Florent Malouda ensured the game swung in Chelsea’s favour with a close range finish in the 67th minute.
Elsewhere at the foot of the table West Ham remained in the bottom three following a 3-0 reverse against Bolton. A Daniel Sturridge brace and Chung-Yong Lee were enough to condemn the Hammers to another week in the drop zone and keep Bolton in the race for sixth place.
Blackburn and Birmingham shared the points, drawing 1-1. Lee Bowyer nudged the Blues in front before David Hoilett grabbed Rovers their third draw in a row to leave both sides three points above the bottom three.
West Brom continued their revival moving up to 10th after a 3-2 win at Sunderland. Paul Scharner’s 72nd minute goal settled a game which Sunderland had led twice through a Nicky Shorey own goal and Phil Bardsley’s superb strike.