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sports Chelsea secure vital win as Arsenal held at Wigan

Florent Malouda celebrates his winning goal at Stamford Bridge to end Chelsea's poor run.

Defending champions Chelsea secured their first win in seven league games to beat Bolton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
A goal on the hour mark by Florent Malouda ended Chelsea's dire run and lifted them back into fourth in the English Premier League, but they trail leaders Manchester United by four points, having played a game more.
Arsenal, who beat Chelsea 3-1 on Monday night, missed the chance to go level on points with United as they were held 2-2 at lowly Wigan.
Ben Watson put the home side ahead from the penalty spot after 18 minutes, but two goals in six minutes near the end of the first half from Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner saw the Gunners 2-1 up at the DW Stadium.
Wigan looked headed for defeat when Charles N'Zogbia was sent-off in the 78th minute for leaning his head into Arsenal substitute Jack Wilshere
But three minutes later Wigan were level when Arsenal's Sebastien Squillaci diverted a header across goal from Hugo Rodallega into his own net.
The draw left Arsenal third, two points behind leaders Manchester United and second-placed Manchester City, but Wigan are out of the relegation zone.
Chelsea made hard work of their win and were booed off by their own fans at halftime as sixth-placed Bolton comfortably held them scoreless.
But with Bolton appealing for offside, Didier Drogba crossed for French international Malouda to turn in the only goal of the match after the break.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti said the win was vitally important as they look to re-ignite their title challenge.
"I think it was the most important thing to change the atmosphere, to change the trend, to come back to win," he told the Press Association.
"This was the most important thing."
In Wednesday night's other game, Liverpool's poor league form under Roy Hodgson continued with a 1-0 home defeat at Anfield to relegation battlers Wolves.
Stephen Ward sealed a precious three points for Wolves, who had not won away all season, with a 56th minute goal.
He was played onside by Liverpool's Glen Johnson and easily beat Pepe Reina.
It was the Black Country club's first win over Liverpool for 26 years and they move off the bottom at the expense of West Ham.