2023/24
Matchweek 14
All times shown are your local time
Sat 2 Dec 2023
Kick Off:
Emirates Stadium, London
Att: 60,262
Ref: Peter Bankes

WHO'S GOING TO BE YOUR

MAN OF THE MATCH?

Report

Arsenal went four points clear at the top of the Premier League with an edgy 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

First-half goals from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard were enough to see Arsenal through the match after a late goal by Matheus Cunha made it a nervy ending.

How the match unfolded
Arsenal kicked off with the one change to the starting line-up that beat Brentford the week before, as David Raya returned after being ineligible to start against his parent club.

Wolves made four changes to their starting line-up, bringing in Hugo Bueno, Tommy Doyle, Boubacar Traore and Craig Dawson, who returned from suspension.

Saka opened the scoring in the sixth minute. A quick one-two with Gabriel Jesus down the right split the Wolves defence. Saka took Takehiro Tomiyasu’s layoff in his stride and after a deflection slotted it into the far corner.

Arsenal doubled the lead six minutes later with a superb 18-pass team goal. The Wolves defenders were left at a standstill as Oleksandr Zinchenko played a one-two with Jesus before cutting the ball back to captain Odegaard, whose sidefooted shot beat Jose Sa.

The Gunners were fired up and in the hunt for a third as Sa was called into action by Leandro Trossard’s shot in the six-yard box.

Shortly after, the Wolves ‘keeper was substituted off with an injury and replaced by Dan Bentley, who was beaten by a curling strike from Gabriel Martinelli that struck the far post and went wide.

In the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time Wolves were nearly back in the game. A mix-up between William Saliba and Zinchenko allowed for the ball to break for Hwang Hee-chan to go one-on-one with Raya, but the Arsenal goalkeeper got to the ball first and his defence cleared.

Trossard had the chance to seal the game for the Gunners as he was put through on goal by Odegaard, but the forward was unable to score.

Cunha’s 86th-minute strike gave Wolves a glimmer of hope and gave the Emirates Stadium a nervy finish. The forward pounced on a poor clearance by Zinchenko and curled a powerful shot past Raya.

Immediately after scoring, Wolves were opened up by a disguised pass from Odegaard to substitute Eddie Nketiah, who found himself one-on-one with the Wolves keeper but struck the post.

Wolves laid siege to the Arsenal area but could not create a decisive chance for an equaliser.

A fifth consecutive win in all competitions, their third in the league, gives Arsenal 33 points, four clear of Manchester City who play Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow. Wolves drop a place to 13th, with 15 points.

Arsenal report | Wolves report

Match officials

Referee: Peter Bankes. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Nick Greenhalgh. Fourth official: Thomas Bramall. VAR: John Brooks. Assistant VAR: Neil Davies.

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Club Reports

Match officials

Referee: Peter Bankes

Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

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      Season So Far

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        Match Stats

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        Head-to-Head

        Arsenal
        Total Wins
        13
        Home
        6
        Away
        7
        Wolves
        Total Wins
        3
        Home
        2
        Away
        1

        Played

        19

        Draws 3

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