A lackluster Arsenal performance saw Wolves roar to a 2-1 victory in North London – marking a third consecutive home defeat for the North London side on the exact anniversary of Unai Emery’s departure from the club.
Pedro Neto’s goal midway through the opening half was cancelled out by Gabriel’s powerful header – a second of the season for the Brazillian and a first from open play for the home side in the Premier League since before October’s international break!
Daniel Podence skipped over Gabriel’s challenge to slot the ball past Bernd Leno and restore the visitors lead as the North London side continued their dismal league form ahead of next weekend’s North London derby.
After both sides traded early chances, a sickening collision between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez saw a lengthy stoppage in play – Sky opted not to show replays of the incident but the two came together whilst jumping to make a header at a corner with a large crack audible.
But the old habits returned in force as Neto tapped in midway through the half after Leander Dendoncker’s header bounced back off the crossbar and out to the Wolves man, who slotted the ball past two defenders and in to the net.
The lead lasted less than five minutes though, as Arsenal ended their dire run without a goal in open play as Gabriel powered in a header after a well worked short corner, Willian providing the assist.
Podence restored Wolves’ lead in the last five minutes of regular time, following up after Neto’s deflected effort was saved by the legs of Leno.
The second half was more a war of attrition, with several players entering the referee’s notebook from both sides, but Bukayo Saka will feel he should have done better as he shanked a cross from Hector Bellerin well wide of the post.
As the hosts dominated the last quarter of an hour, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a header flash wide of the post but were left frustrated as the visitors claimed their first win in the red side of north London since 1979.
The result sees Arsenal remain in 14th place, whilst Wolves climb to sixth place – despite there now only being four points between the clubs.
Man of the match: Pedro Neto
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz (Holding HT), Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka (Lacazette 81′), Willock, Willian (Nelson 65′), Saka, Aubameyang
Substitutes not used: Runarsson, Cedric, Elneny, Nketiah
Wolves: Patricio, Marcal, Coady, Boly, Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neto, Podence (Neves 70′), Traore, Raul Jimenez (Silva 15′ (Kilman 78′))
Substitutes not used: Ruddy, Hoever, Nouri, Vitinha