REPORT: ARSENAL 2-1 WOLVES (INC GOALS)

Gabriel was a strong presence in the air and made one key chance going forward.

Captain fantastic

Arsenal: Raya, Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Trossard, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Subs: Ramsdale, White, Cedric, Kiwior, Jorginho, Elneny, Nelson, Havertz, Nketiah

Arsenal put themselves four points clear atop of the Premier League after beating Wolves 2-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard.

Mikel Arteta made one changes to the side that beat Lens on Wednesday with Leandro Trossard coming in to replace Kai Havertz.

Repeating their midweek antics, Arsenal were ahead early on through Saka who showed great feet in a crowded penalty box before finishing past Jose Sa after nice work from Gabriel Jesus and Takehiro Tomiyasu. 1-0.

The Gunners doubled their lead minutes later and this move would have had Arsène Wenger smiling from wherever he was, when sensational one-touch play between Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko cut Wolves open before the Ukrainian crossed for Odegaard to slot home from 12 yards – the Ø Zone – breaking the game open. 2-0.

Wolves were completely overwhelmed by Arsenal in the opening half hour and despite their attempts to double up on Saka and Martinelli, had no way out of their defensive third with William Saliba, Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard constantly recovering the ball.

There were further opportunities for the hosts, with Trossard ghosting into the penalty area and pulling down a Martin Odegaard cross brilliantly, only for Jose Sa to rush out and save his close range effort.

Gabriel Martinelli was then denied by the woodwork after a clinical counter attack involving Saka, before Jesus was played through again by Odegaard only to curl a weak effort into the body of first half substitute Daniel Bentley.

Although looking back the Brazilian probably should have squared to Declan Rice who was better placed in the middle.

There was one nervous moment in first half injury time when a miscommunication between Oleksandr Zinchenko and Saliba led to Hwang breaking through on goal, but thankfully David Raya was out quickly to smother the Korean.

Arsenal started the second half quickly and Jesus was inches away from making it three after Tomiyasu broke forward well again, although replays showed Max Kilman was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty after tugging at the hand of the Brazilian.

Following their midweek exploits and with a busy schedule in mind, Arteta’s men were happy to control the game and slowed the game down considerably having initially raced into the lead.

Half chances did follow for Rice – who shot wide from the edge of the area – and Saka who was inches away from adding another sensational goal to his catalogue but curled inches over from distance.

Despite Wolves offering little offensively all afternoon, they were gifted a route back into the game when Zinchenko was caught on the ball again which allowed Matheus Cunha to curl past Raya from the edge of the box. 2-1.

That late goal set up a nervous finish but Eddie Nketiah could have secured the victory seconds later after being played through by Odegaard, only to strike the inside of the post with his teammates ready to wheel off in celebration.

Surprisingly, nearly nine minutes of added time were played but some speculative handball appeals aside – Wolves created very little which meant Arsenal secured a crucial three points and their third win in a week.

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