02 Feb Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Arsenal – Football Match Report – February 2, 2021
Arsenal completed with 9 males as their spectacular current Premier League resurgence was halted by a 2-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers at a rain-swept Molineux on Tuesday.
Joao Moutinho’s beautiful long-range effort shortly after the break ended an eight-game run with out a league win for Wolves.
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Arsenal, nonetheless, have solely themselves responsible for surrendering an unbeaten league run which had stretched to seven video games earlier than their evening of self-destruction.
The Londoners ought to have led by greater than Nicolas Pepe’s excellent 32nd-minute purpose as they utterly outplayed Wolves within the first half at first modified instantly.
Seconds earlier than the interval Arsenal defender David Luiz was despatched off for inadvertently bringing down Wolves striker Willian Jose and Ruben Neves transformed the penalty.
4 minutes into the second half Moutinho’s piledriver flew previous Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and the guests’ evening went from unhealthy to worse because the German was later red-carded for rashly dealing with the ball outdoors his space.
It meant Arsenal performed the final 20 minutes with 9 males they usually not often seemed like troubling a Wolves aspect who may hardly consider their success as they claimed a primary league double over Arsenal for 42 years.
Defeat left Mikel Arteta’s aspect in 10th spot with 31 factors from 22 video games, 5 factors forward of Wolves in 13th.
When Arsenal began the match by carving via the Wolves defence at will the ultimate rating seemed inconceivable.
Bukayo Saka may have had a hat-trick within the opening 10 minutes. Within the first two minutes he hit the publish after being performed in by Thomas Partey’s cross, then he compelled a fantastic save from Rui Patricio with a pointy shot on the flip.
Saka did beat Patricio with an excellent end within the 10th minute after Alexandre Lacazette’s reduce however Lacazette was appropriately dominated offside after a VAR verify.
Wolves had their moments with Max Kilman heading over from a nook nevertheless it was no shock when Arsenal went in entrance.
Receiving the ball out on the left, Pepe went via two flimsy tackles after which arrowed an angled drive past Patricio.
Wolves would have been blissful to achieve the interval just one purpose in arrears however they received a large serving to hand.
In a uncommon Wolves assault, Daniel Podence slipped a well-timed cross to Jose, making his dwelling debut, and he seemed poised to attain earlier than Brazilian Luiz, trailing behind him, unintentionally clipped his heel, sending the striker tumbling to the deck.
There was minimal contact however because the unlucky Luiz trudged off, Neves despatched his penalty excessive previous Leno.
“Nicely it was a giant resolution. In the event that they received it proper and might justify that they received it proper I maintain my hand up and apologise,” Arteta informed reporters of Luiz’s crimson card. “I’ve simply seen the replay 10 instances in 5 completely different angles and I can not see any contact.
“I wish to see if VAR has completely different angles. All I’m saying is that I am sitting right here and I can not see any contact and that is actually, actually irritating as a result of it is a huge second.
“In fact it modified the sport. You play with 10 males for 45 minutes with out your central defender towards this opposition after all it adjustments the sport.”
Arsenal sacrificed French ahead Lacazette at half-time, bringing on defender Gabriel, however they have been shocked within the 49th minute when veteran Moutinho seemed up 30 metres from purpose and despatched a right-foot drive into the again of the web off the publish.
The guests confronted a troublesome job even earlier than Leno inexplicably used his fingers to clear the ball after dashing out of his purpose to intercept a protracted cross. After that it was mission unattainable.