Wolves recovered from a nasty head damage to prime scorer Raul Jimenez to safe their first win at Arsenal since 1979 and condemn their hosts to their worst Premier League begin after 10 video games.
Mexico striker Jimenez had come off worse in a sickening conflict of heads with Gunners defender David Luiz after an Arsenal nook within the opening exchanges and was handled on discipline for 10 minutes earlier than being taken to hospital.
A sport between two of the Premier League’s lowest-scoring sides was understandably flat after that nevertheless it got here to life when Pedro Neto slotted house from shut vary after Leandro Dendoncker had headed Adama Traore’s teasing cross in opposition to the bar halfway by way of the primary half.
Gabriel equalised for the hosts with a thumping header from a Willian cross simply three minutes later however Wolves have been the higher aspect all through and re-established their lead when Daniel Podence cleverly transformed after keeper Bernd Leno fumbled Neto’s drive.
Arsenal hardly ever threatened, with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang little greater than a spectator at instances, and boss Mikel Arteta has a lot to ponder together with his aspect languishing in 14th place within the Premier League after 10 matches.
Wolves, however, are as much as sixth and sit simply 4 factors off the summit in an more and more congested prime half of the desk.
A sickening damage
The match had barely received going when one in every of its greatest stars was left unable to proceed.
The second Jimenez and Luiz dropped to the ground it was clear there was actual concern among the many gamers as medical employees rushed on to the sphere.
Jimenez was in the end taken off on a stretcher and straight to hospital after a bandaged and visibly upset Luiz went to examine on his stricken opponent.
Luiz continued till half-time – Arsenal have stated they adopted all the proper protocols in conserving him on the pitch – however was withdrawn on the break, blood clearly displaying by way of his bandage.
Within the absence of talisman Jimenez, supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo wanted his different attackers to step up – and, as soon as the shock of the damage wore off, they duly delivered a vibrant efficiency of actual menace.
Neto’s first aim of the season, from the bench in opposition to Southampton final week, was rewarded with a begin at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and he repaid that religion by firing Wolves into the lead.
The 20-year-old Portugal ahead was additionally instrumental within the aim that put the guests forward once more on the stroke of half-time. Arsenal keeper Leno might solely shovel out Neto’s shot from distance and Podence neatly drilled house the rebound.
Wolves have struggled for targets this season however, with Traore again within the workforce, and Neto and Podence wanting threatening, it could be they’ve the instruments to handle that within the coming weeks, even when Jimenez could also be set for a spell on the sidelines.
One 12 months on, Arsenal nonetheless struggling
On 29 November 2019, Unai Emery was dismissed as Arsenal supervisor with the Gunners eighth within the Premier League and a mutinous environment across the Emirates.
Precisely 12 months on, his successor, Mikel Arteta, appears to have extra questions than solutions in his in-tray after one other flat efficiency in entrance of empty stands at this cavernous stadium.
Arteta deserves credit score for the way in which he rallied the workforce final season to seal Europa League qualification by successful the FA Cup – a triumph that included notable victories over Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea.
The previous Gunners midfielder has additionally stiffened the spine of a workforce that was repeatedly accused of being flaky – earlier than Sunday’s fixture, solely Tottenham had conceded fewer targets within the Premier League this season.
However at what price?
Arsenal appear to have misplaced fluency going ahead and their world-class striker and premium asset Aubameyang has solely scored two league targets this season.
Certainly, Aubameyang touched the ball solely eight instances within the first half – and three of these touches have been from kick-offs. Then, when gifted two second-half alternatives, the Gabon worldwide didn’t hit the goal with both.
Arsenal’s aim, easy in its creation, was a strong Gabriel header from Willian’s cross, however past that they hardly ever threatened a Wolves backline that can also be notoriously stable.
The Gunners have now misplaced 5 of their 10 league video games this season and 13 factors is their lowest complete at this stage of a Premier League marketing campaign.
Arteta wants a swift answer to his aspect’s bluntness as a result of, on a day when north London rivals Tottenham went again to the highest of the desk, they appear additional away than ever from the English top-flight’s elite.
‘No excuses’ – what they stated
Arsenal supervisor Arteta: “That they had two photographs on track and scored each instances. Within the second half, my workforce confirmed a resilience, togetherness and perception to attempt to win the sport again. We generated good probabilities however all gamers undergo intervals the place they battle to attain targets.
“It is my duty for the workforce to attain extra targets. There are not any excuses – we have now to enhance.”
Wolves boss Nuno: “It is horrible whenever you see one in every of your gamers [Jimenez] in an incident like that. We’ve to have a correct evaluation, however he is in good fingers.
“I am very happy with my workforce tonight. The expertise and high quality is there and the desire and perception we have now will transfer us ahead.”
Shot-shy Gunners – the stats
- Arsenal’s tally of 13 factors is their lowest after their opening 10 matches of any league marketing campaign since 1981-82 (12).
- Arsenal have misplaced three consecutive house Premier League video games for the second time because the begin of final season. Earlier than this, that they had by no means suffered three straight house defeats within the competitors.
- Wolves’ tally of 17 factors is their most after 10 video games of a top-flight marketing campaign since 1979-80 (20 – adjusting to 3 factors for a win).
- Throughout 2020, solely Manchester United (9) have received extra Premier League fixtures away from house than Wolves’ seven.
- Arsenal have misplaced 5 of their previous eight league video games, after being crushed in solely 5 of their first 22 underneath Arteta.
- Neto has scored as many targets in Wolves’ 10 league matches this season as he managed in 29 final time period (three).
Wolves have a visit to champions Liverpool subsequent Sunday (19:15 GMT kick-off), whereas Arsenal have the north London derby at leaders Spurs earlier on the identical day (16:30).
Earlier than that, the Gunners host Speedy Vienna within the Europa League on Thursday (20:00).
- 2BellerínBooked at 69mins
- 23David LuizSubstituted forHoldingat 45′minutesBooked at 86mins
- 6dos Santos Magalhães
- 3TierneyBooked at 90mins
- 34XhakaSubstituted forLacazetteat 81′minutes
- 12WillianSubstituted forNelsonat 65′minutes
- 17Cédric Soares
- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 15BolyBooked at 47mins
- 16CoadyBooked at 89mins
- 5Marçal de Oliveira
- 28João Moutinho
- 37TraoréBooked at 54mins
- 10Castelo PodenceSubstituted forNevesat 70′minutes
- 9JiménezSubstituted forSoares Silvaat 15′minutesBooked at 56minsSubstituted forKilmanat 78′minutes
- 17Soares Silva
- 20Machado Ferreira
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Match ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
Try blocked. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.
Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Kieran Tierney (Arsenal).
Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Maximilian Kilman.
Rob Holding (Arsenal) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Rob Holding (Arsenal).
Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Hand ball by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).
Try missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) header from the centre of the field misses to the precise.
Try blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.