Pedro Neto (27)
Daniel Podence (42)
Arsenal loses at home for the third time running. The Wolves’ first-half display was enough to seal all 3 points despite losing their prominent Striker, Raul Gimenez, to injury very early in the game against Arsenal.
In a game where both teams needed a win to boost their chances of a top 4 spot at the end of the season, it was Nuno Espirito Santo’s men who got the much-needed victory to keep the chase on the top 6.
Mikel Arteta still has a lot of work to do, considering that his team is currently languishing in 14th place on the table. Things do not seem to get better as they will be traveling to high-flying bitter rivals Tottenham next weekend in a North London derby.
An early collision of heads in the 5th minute between Raul Gimenez and David Luiz saw the former been substituted after coming out unconscious in the clash, which led to a 10 minutes delay.
Meanwhile, David Luiz’s head was patched up, and he carried on for the remainder of the first half. The first goal came in the 27th minute from Wolves winger Pedro Neto, who reacted fasted to finish the ball into the net after Traore’s cross from the right was headed on to the crossbar.
The lead didn’t last long enough as Arsenal got the equalizer 3 minutes later through Gabriel Magalhaes after the defender nodded Williams cross from a quickly taken short corner into the net. Wolves restored their lead in the 40th minute when Adama Traore again burst down the Arsenal midfield in a brilliant counter and gave the ball to Neto, who drilled a brilliant low shot that was initially blocked by Leno only for Daniel Podence to latch unto the rebound, tipped the ball over the onrushing Gabriel and fired home into the Arsenal net to make it 2-1 going into the break.
Arsenal were much more spirited in the second half as they created numerous chances but failed to convert any as a resilient Wolves team held on to snatch the victory at Full-time, thus ending Wolves run of not winning away to Arsenal and also giving Arteta’s men their worst possible start to a Premier League season since 1991-1992 season.
The victory sends Wolves to 6th place in the table. At the same time, Arsenal drops to 14th, 8 points behind leaders Tottenham after just ten games, and they will travel across North London next weekend to take on their long time rivals. Still, first, they will take on Dundalk in a Home Europa league fixture on Thursday evening.
The long-awaited return of fans to Emirates Stadium – albeit just 2,000 to start with – is set for this Thursday evening in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna. We are top of the group with maximum points from four games, and progression to the knock out stages is already assured, but having supporters in the stadium for the first time since March 7 is sure to add interest to the fixture.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
We will welcome fans back to the Emirates for Thursday’s match against Rapid Vienna, so all being well, this was our last behind closed doors at home for the foreseeable future. Our record at the Emirates during the period supporters were locked out was as P11 W7 D1 L3 F22 A13. Overall behind closed doors (including Wembley and away matches), the record was P28 W17 D2 L9 F42 A28.
Match Preview by Patrick Alexander