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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal Live Commentary, 12/11/2022

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M. Ødegaard (54)
M. Ødegaard (75)
Molineux Stadium


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A seventh defeat in nine games leaves Wolves in last place going into the World Cup, and new boss Julen Lopetegui has plenty of work to do over the break in order for the side to recover. They're four points clear of safety after 15 games, which despite being bleak, is far from an insurmountable task. Arsenal, meanwhile, are five clear at the summit, and head into the remainder of the season as the team to beat. Could the Gunners' first title win since 2004 really be on the cards?
Odegaard managed three shots on target, scoring Arsenal's match-winning goals with two of them. The Norwegian was busy in the middle of the park, winning possession seven times, one of which came in Wolves' own defensive third. He made a sole tackle, but also conceded two free-kicks, giving a reflection on how scrappy and competitive the midfield battle was at Molineux.
Two second-half goals from captain Martin Odegaard seal the win for Arsenal, which sends them five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table! Odegaard's opening strike, a tap in from inches out, didn't exactly open the floodgates, but Wolves did have chances of their own through Guedes and Podence. Odegaard smashed in a second late in the game though, consigning the hosts to being bottom of the table at Christmas; a table that his Gunners will be sitting on top of over the World Cup break.
Hugo Bueno
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' + 2' Bueno knocks Nelson to the ground as the two contest a bouncing ball from Cedric's clearance, and the Wolves wing-back is booked late on.
Cédric Soares
O. Zinchenko
90' + 1' Zinchenko also comes off at left-back, and Cedric Soares comes on for the rest of the game.
Mohamed Elneny
Fábio Vieira
90' + 1' Fabio Vieira, who came on right at the start for the ill Xhaka, is substituted again, and Mohamed Elneny replaces him.
R. Nelson
B. Saka
90' + 1' Mikel Arteta makes a triple sub in the last few moments, with Saka coming off for Reiss Nelson on the right flank.
90' + 1' We're into four minutes of added time as Arsenal look to close out yet another victory in this game.
90' Adama Traore's cross from a short corner is headed clear, but Neves attempts an audacious shot back in on the volley, which clears the crossbar by some distance!
89' SAVED!!! Adama Traore runs into the area before finding Podence to his right, and his first-time shot is too hot for Ramsdale to handle as he tips it behind for a corner!
87' Matheus glides through midfield before spotting the diagonal run of Podence into the box, but his throughball is dived upon by Ramsdale for Arsenal!
86' WIDE!!! From Arsenal's corner, Wolves launch a counter-attack of their own as Adama Traore surges into open pasture. He hangs a cross from the byline towards Podence, who brings the ball down, flicks it up again, and fires an acrobatic bicycle kick towards goal and wide!
85' Arsenal counter as Jesus holds up the ball before freeing up Saka. He races down the right and finds Jesus with a return ball, but it's put behind for a corner by Collins!
84' CHANCE!!! Zinchenko's slip allows Adama Traore space to burst into the box, but the cut-back for his teammates is woeful and finds only open space!
82' Adama Traore takes on Partey in the box before laying it back to his namesake Boubacar, who hits a first-time shot towards goal and curls it wide of Ramsdale's right-hand post!
Matheus Nunes
Wolverhampton Wanderers
80' Wolves look to their attacking options late on, as centre-back Tote is withdrawn for creative midfielder Matheus Nunes.
79' Martinelli's far-post cross is headed away by Tote, but White follows in from the edge of the box, dragging his volley wide of the far post!
78' Guedes does brilliantly to flick the ball over Saliba's head before racing to the edge of the box. He looks to shoot, but takes too long, allowing Gabriel to step in with a vital intervention and win the ball!
77' Podence's throughball finds Guedes with space in the box, but the Portuguese winger chooses to shoot from a tight angle, and sprays his shot well wide of goal!
M. Ødegaard
75' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! The Gunners make it two!!! Martinelli beats Lembikisa before finding Zinchenko, whose near-post cross is half-cleared. Martinelli stabs it goalwards, but this too is denied, until the ball drops to Odegaard who lashes it into the bottom corner!! 2-0 to Arsenal, and their captain has really made the difference in this second half!
73' Guedes cuts in-field but is crowded out by Arsenal defenders. However, play is brought back for a free-kick in Guedes' favour, due to a shirt pull on his from White.
72' Arsenal are now the only side in the Premier League this season to have scored in each of their league games, doing so now in all 14.
70' Ramsdale is given treatment following that knock from Adama Traore, and he's eventually passed fit and play continues.
69' Podence chips over the top for Adama Traore, but Gabriel's cushioned header sends the ball back to Ramsdale. The Wolves forward can't stop in time though, and collides with the Arsenal goalkeeper in the box!
D. Lembikisa
Nélson Semedo
Wolverhampton Wanderers
68' Semedo also comes off having picked up a knock, and Dexter Lembikisa, making his Premier League debut, replaces him.
Daniel Podence
João Moutinho
Wolverhampton Wanderers
68' Moutinho comes off in Wolves' first change, and he's replaced by Daniel Podence, making his first appearance for the side since picking up an injury in August.
67' Collins gets forward to win a header and he links up with Adama Traore. He bursts past two before crossing from the byline, but Ramsdale is out to pluck the teasing ball out of the air.
65' CHANCE!!! Jesus is found in space and takes on Collins. He resists shooting though, instead squaring for Odegaard, and Kilman puts it behind for a corner!
64' Victory for Arsenal will mean they are top of the Premier League table at Christmas for the first time since 2007-08. However, the Gunners haven't gone on to win the title in any of the last five times they've topped the table at Christmas (1951-52, 1986-87, 1989-90, 2002-03 and 2007-08), last doing so in 1947-48.
62' CHANCE!!! Vieira flicks White's cross on to Martinelli, whose ball back across the face is parried away by Sa. Odegaard volleys the rebound goalwards, but Tote gets in the way and Wolves scramble it clear!
61' SAVED!!! From the free-kick, Guedes blasts a low shot to the near post, but Ramsdale sees it all the way and does well to hold the shot!
Gabriel Magalhães
Yellow Card
60' Adama Traore gets beyond Saliba and sprints down the left towards the box. Gabriel slides in recklessly, catching the forward right on the edge of the area, and he's booked for the foul that could well have ended up being a penalty rather than free-kick!
59' Semedo blasts a ball into the box, but the midriff of Martinelli gets in the way, deflecting the ball out over the sideline as the Brazilian wreathes in pain on the floor!
57' Arsenal have now scored nine goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half, more than any other team in the Premier League this season.
M. Ødegaard
54' GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal take the lead!! Jesus cut inside from the left before threading a delightful ball through for Vieira, and he squares it across the face of goal where Odegaard and Saka are waiting to tap it home! Odegaard gets the crucial touch, and that well-worked finish puts Arsenal 1-0 up with 10 gone in the second half!
Fábio Vieira
54' The ball from Jesus was exquisite, and Vieira's timing of run and awareness to find his teammates was just as good!
54' Wolves failed to score a first-half goal for the 10th time this season. In the 15 games so far, only West Ham and Everton (both 11) have failed to score more often league.
T. Partey
Yellow Card
52' Following that foul on Semedo, the referee comes back to book Partey for his off-the-ball challenge on the Wolves right-back.
51' Arsenal have stopped the opposition from scoring a first-half goal in 11 of their 14 games so far this season, with only Newcastle doing so more often (13 times) in the Premier League.
50' Semedo is clipped late by Partey, but the referee plays advantage with Adama Traore on the ball. He floats one towards Guedes in the box, but Gabriel intercepts for the Gunners!
48' CHANCE!!! Collins heads Odegaard's cross clear and Wolves burst forward on the break. Adama Traore passes wide to Guedes, who is in open space. He crosses to the back post, where Adama Traore has run for the return ball, but Ramsdale gets down to smother the ball before it reaches him!
47' Arsenal have won all three of their Premier League games so far this season when going into half time level - they last had a longer such run between August and October 2018, a run of seven.
46' Neves resumes proceedings for Wolves, and we're back underway at Molineux!
The teams return for the second half, and here's hoping we see some goals in the next 45 minutes!
Jesus' goalscoring drought hasn't been broken in that first half, but the Brazil forward has shown why he's so important all across the pitch for Arsenal. He's held the ball up superbly well for the Gunners, winning six of his nine duels, with half of these coming in the air. He's completed every pass he's made in the final third, and has also won possession back three times, via a tackle, clearance and interception apiece. Active.
A goalless first half comes to an end, and it's not exactly been a match for the ages. The two sides have both played quite reserved football, and the defences are definitely on top at the moment. Arsenal have had the ball in the net, but only from Jesus in an offside position. With that goal not given, chances were few and far between, with neither Sa nor Ramsdale forced into a serious save. The second half should see the game open up a bit more, with the cagey start to the match hopefully giving way to some goals!
B. Traoré
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
45' + 1' Jesus advances down the left for Arsenal and cuts inside towards the box, but he's stopped before he can get there as Boubacar Traore drags him down, and the Wolves midfielder is booked.
45' We'll play two minutes of added time to close out the first half.
44' BLOCKED!!! Saliba passes back to no-one, and Guedes races onto it, shooting for the far corner from just inside the box, and his effort needs a good block from Gabriel to put it behind for a corner!
43' Forward come Arsenal again as White's throw-in is only half-cleared. It's squared to Vieira on the edge of the box, but Wolves have plenty at the back and Collins blocks the effort!
41' Guedes looks to turn Gabriel but goes down on the edge of the box. He's fuming to have not been given one, as Adama Traore collects the ball and blasts well over from the edge of the box!
40' WIDE!!! White floats a cross to the back post with red and white shirts queuing up, but Jesus mistimes his finish and side-foots a volley wide of the target!
39' Wolves have won just one of their last eight Premier League games, drawing one and losing six. They've conceded at least three goals in four of these eight games, as many times as they had in their previous 49 matches in the competition.
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
37' Neves loses the ball on the edge of Arsenal's box and Jesus bursts forward with it, but he's tripped on halfway by Tote, who is booked by the referee.
36' OFF THE BAR!!! Arsenal take advantage of Wolves committing men forward and Saka puts Jesus in behind. He narrows the angle before shooting with his right, and smashes the ball beyond Sa, but off the bar and over!
35' Boubacar Traore's superb run sparks a Wolves counter-attack, but the final ball from Moutinho to Guedes is cut out! He would've been through on goal there!
33' A long throw-in from Partey is launched into the Wolves box, and Neves has to head it beyond for a corner to prevent the chance progressing any further!
31' Arsenal have had three players sent off in their last two league away games in Wolverhampton, with Martinelli seeing red last season, and both David Luiz and Bernd Leno doing so in the same game February 2021.
29' Moutinho looks to move forward on the counter for Wolves, but he's dragged back by Odegaard. The Arsenal midfielder is penalised, but not booked, in a decision which the home fans aren't exactly happy with.
27' Bueno does well to dispossess Odegaard as the Arsenal captain tries to create crossing space, and the young Wolves wing-back also frustrates White after the England defender fails to win a corner.
25' Arsenal have scored in each of their last 29 meetings with Wolves in all competitions since a 1-0 loss back in February 1979. Only against West Bromwich Albion (32) are the Gunners currently on a longer scoring streak in all competitions.
23' WIDE!! White's cross from the right is aimed towards Martinelli, but a good Semedo header takes the ball away from him. Zinchenko crosses the ball back into the box, where Jesus' glancing header flashes just wide!
22' As well as having the fewest goals (eight) and lowest shot conversion rate (4.8 per cent) in the league this season, Wolves have had fewer different goalscorers than any other side, with just four. Neves has netted half of their eight goals so far this term.
20' OVER!!! After Martinelli slips over, Wolves race down the right on the counter and it's played forward to Guedes. He surges towards the box before pulling the trigger, and sends a decent effort inches over the bar!
19' Semedo looks to find Adama Traore with a long ball behind the defence, but the Wolves forward doesn't time his run and would've been offside if he'd collected it.
18' Arsenal are the only side to have scored in every Premier League game this season, while they've also got the joint-fewest goals conceded and joint-most clean sheets so far, with 11 and six respectively. The Gunners are looking to win three consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since July 2020.
Fábio Vieira
G. Xhaka
16' Xhaka does eventually come off having pulled up with illness earlier in the game, and Fabio Vieira is called from the bench to replace him.
15' Saka's corner is flicked on by Gabriel in the centre of the box, but his glancing header isn't powerful enough and skews well wide!
14' Saka has it on the byline and whips an early cross towards the front post. It takes a nick off Tote on its way through, leaving Sa scrambling as he tips it behind for a corner!
13' Semedo wins Wolves' first corner of the game, and after playing a one-two with Moutinho, Guedes crosses, but it takes a deflection off White and goes out for another corner.
11' A ball over the top bounces Jesus' way, and he turns Kilman looking to shoot, but a good defensive header from Tote gets the ball back to Sa in the Wolves goal.
9' Wolves lost home and away against Arsenal in the league last season, having lost just two of their previous eight against them.
7' CHANCE!!! Wolves play through Arsenal's high line and Boubacar Traore has it on the right. He passes centrally to Guedes, but Ramsdale's out to deny him, and Adama Traore's rebound is blocked by Saliba!
6' BALL IN THE NET!!! Martinelli cuts inside and crosses beyond Tote. Jesus is onto it, and smashes a half-volley into the bottom corner, but the flag is up to deny the Brazilian his sixth goal of the season!
5' Arsenal have won six of their eight Premier League away games against Wolves, and have scored at least once in all 16 of their meetings with them in the competition.
4' Xhaka is cleared to continue playing and returns to the pitch, meaning the game can get underway again!
3' Play halts early on, and Arsenal put the ball out. It's Xhaka who is down, and doesn't look injured, so the midfielder could indeed be feeling unwell at the start of this game.
1' Jesus kicks off for Arsenal, and we are off and running in the West Midlands!
The teams head out onto the Molineux pitch, and we're nearly ready for kick-off here!
Arsenal are unchanged from their last league outing, a 1-0 win over Chelsea, with Arteta not tempted to tinker with the XI that many see as his strongest. Gabriel Magalhaes got the winner at Stamford Bridge, and is part of a back four that have conceded just 11 goals so far this season, the joint-lowest in the league.
Wolves make two changes from their League Cup victory over Leeds in midweek, with Adama Traore back in the side, playing on the right of a front two. It’s five at the back too for the hosts, with Tote Gomes slotting in at the back.
ARSENAL SUBS: Matt Turner, Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Fabio Vieira, Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny, Marquinhos.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli.
WOLVES SUBS: Matija Sarkic, Rayan Ait-Nouri, Daniel Podence, Yerson Mosquera, Connor Ronan, Matheus Nunes, Joseph Hodge, Chem Campbell, Dexter Lembikisa.
WOLVES (5-3-2): Jose Sa; Nelson Semedo, Maximilian Kilman, Nathan Collins, Tote Gomes, Hugo Bueno; Boubacar Traore, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho; Adama Traore, Goncalo Guedes.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are flying, having won their last two games without conceding a goal while scoring six at the other end. With nearest rivals Manchester City having lost their most recent fixture to Brentford, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have the chance to move five points clear of the chasing pack with a win in the West Midlands.
In the final round of Premier League fixtures before the World Cup takes place, rock-bottom Wolves have the toughest task of all, facing Arsenal, who sit atop the pile in first place. The hosts have lost their of their last four, and newly-appointed head coach Julen Lopetegui doesn’t start in his role until November 14th.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this fixture in the Premier League, as Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Arsenal at Molineux.