Mikel Arteta’s men are back in action

ARSENAL returned to victory and returned to the top of the league with a hard-fought 2-0 win over a spirited Wolverhampton Wanderers. reports the Voice of Sport of Molineux.

A goal late in each half, courtesy of Leandro Trossard – who scored his ninth goal of the season – and captain Martin Odegaard ensured Mikel Areta’s men finished the weekend a point above Manchester City and with a superior goal difference, although City has a competition. in hand.

After a dismal week in which Arsenal were well beaten at home to Aston Villa, followed by an embarrassing exit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, it was crucial for the Gunners to come back with the three points and revive their season blow, and show their fans that they were still ready for the title challenge.

The Gunners have now kept their sixth consecutive clean sheet in the league for the first time in the club’s history, following Liverpool in 2014/15, ensuring their fans a happy journey back home on the M6.

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil has done a fantastic job this season, with his side already collecting 43 points and safe from relegation. However, Wolves had not won in the four league games prior to this match (D2, L2) and he complained about his injury list, highlighting that he only had ten players who could last the full ninety minutes.

Wolves have made a habit of being difficult at home against the best teams. Of the top five, only Liverpool have won at Molineux this season, while Wolves have beaten the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham.

O’Neil made four substitutions to set up a 4-4-2, with Hwang playing up front in the absence of Matheus Cunha, who picked up another injury after scoring in last week’s 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest, while Arsenal started with a familiar position in defense, but Kiwior was recalled to left back and Havertz moved into midfield allowing Jesus to move around up front.

The opening twenty minutes were largely a scrappy affair and a battle in midfield, with both teams fighting for control. Arsenal dominated possession and regularly asked questions of the Wolves defense. Trossard flicked a ball over the top to Bukayo Saka on the right, but his header was weak and easily saved by keeper Jose Sa, while Kai Havertz missed a shot in the opening minute.

Moments later, captain Martin Odegaard laid the perfect ball for Declan Rice, but he placed his shot just wide of the left post. Shortly afterwards, Maximilian Kilman cut a crucial ball across the box from Saka to Trossard, who was shown a yellow card a few minutes later after colliding with Hee Chan Hwang.

Even when Wolves had the ball, they rarely ventured into the Arsenal box; the statistics show that only 13% of the match was in Arsenal’s third in the early periods, with only one limited chance from Tawanda Chirewa’s deflected shot.

Although Arsenal had more possession, Wolves actually had the best chance when Joao Gomes gained the upper hand over Jakub Kiwior on the right and smashed a powerful shot towards goal. Raya made the crucial save with both hands, tapping the ball onto the post. The home fans roared with joy as they knew how close they were to taking the lead.

The match continued and referee Paul Tierney missed a clear tackle by Kilman on Havertz, and instead later gave Rice a yellow card for a foul. Moments later, Saliba’s clearance was poor and aimed directly at Hugo Bueno, who shot wide of the goal. Arsenal felt the pressure and had to regroup quickly.

And so the goal finally came a few seconds before half time. After the ball was played into the penalty area, Jesus controlled well under pressure from Matt Doherty, even after falling, and laid the ball to Trossard, who took a shot with the outside of his right boot. The curling ball went in off the inside of the right post and the away fans suddenly came to life as the Arsenal players celebrated in a huddle.

Arsenal had a great half-time record in their last 40 league matches (W37 D3), and started the second half in full force, pressing high up the pitch and winning many more 50/50 tackles. They won their first corner of the match and a couple of quick free-kicks, both of which were shot short. Havertz then missed a half-chance with a twisting volley straight to Jose Sa, when both sides would have doubled the score.

O’ Neil made the first substitution, replacing Hwang with Mario Lemina, before Pablo Sarabia and Ryan Ait-Nouri came on for 20-year-old Chirewa and Matt Doherty. Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta replaced goalscorer Trossard with Gabriel Martinelli and Thomas Partey for Jesus after 65 minutes.

Lemina had just come on and had a great chance to level the score when he was put through after a beautiful pass, but his left-footed shot was easily saved by Raya. Arsenal had a glorious chance of their own at the other end when Saka put Havertz through, but the linesman flagged it for offside.

The pace of the match dropped considerably midway through the second half, with Wolves allowing all the ball to Arsenal, who played patiently from the back. Wolves were happy to wait for their chances and played entirely on the counter. But the Gunners were clinical against teams in the bottom half of the league, winning 15 of 17 games and limiting Wolves to just five shots and one corner.

Arsenal created more chances in injury time than the entire second half; Saka’s dizzying run came to nothing when he fired over the ball from a tight angle. Rice cut the ball across the box but there was no one to finish, while Odegaard shot towards goal from a tight angle but the keeper was not bothered. But the pressure was finally heard and the Norwegian sealed the match by scoring a curling effort from a tight angle on the right.

There were plenty of stats for Arsenal who recorded their 15e clean sheet in 33 games, more than any other team in the league. By scoring two goals today, they equaled their club record of 39 away goals in a league season, set in 2010-2011. The win was also Arsenal’s sixth consecutive victory over Wolves.

Arsenal’s next challenge is just three days away, with a home game against Chelsea, while Wolves face Bournemouth on Wednesday as they look to finish the season in the top half of the standings.