Football, Sport

EPL: Arsenal go five points clear of Man City after beating Wolves

Arsenal players celebrate

Arsenal went five points clear of Manchester City at the Premier League summit after their 0-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium.

ALSO READ: EPL: Newcastle United beat Chelsea to pile pressure on Graham Potter

The match started on a sad note for Arsenal as midfielder Granit Xhaka went down injured in the second minute. However, the Switzerland midfielder continued after some discussions with the medics. Not willing to take any chances with his player, who is expected to join his country at the 2022 World Cup, Mikel Arteta withdrew him in the 15th minute for Fabio Vieira.

Gabriel Jesus attempts to stop Traore
Gabriel Jesus attempts to stop Traore

Gabriel Jesus, enduring a 10-match goal drought, thought he had scored in the fifth minute but the linesman raised his flag for offside.

Wolves wanted a penalty when William Saliba appeared to foul Goncalo Guedes in the seventh minute, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) disagreed.

Arsenal were back attacking, with goalkeeper Jose Sa having to push Bukayo Saka’s cross wide in the 14th minute after it appeared to be goal-bound. Gabriel Magalhaes headed wide from the resultant corner kick.

Martinelli and Semedo
Gabriel Martinelli and Nelson Semedo vie for the ball

ALSO READ: EPL: Liverpool, Tottenham, Forest win, Iwobi’s Everton lose, other results

Thomas Partey was yellow-carded in the 50th minute for fouling Nelson Semedo in the 50th minute. Four minutes later, the Gunners had something to celebrate as captain Martin Odegaard put the North Londoners ahead after he got to the end of Vieira’s cross. His goal was the first attempt on target of the match.

Arsenal doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Odegaard rifled home after Sa saved Martinelli’s initial attempt. Martinelli had won the ball off Dexter Lembikisa before backheeling for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who returned it to the Brazilian in the box.

Martin Odegaard
Odegaard put Arsenal ahead from close range

Wolves had their own chances, but they failed to truly trouble Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal. Substitute Daniel Podence tried an overhead kick, but his attempt went wide of the goal in the 85th minute.

Adama Traore, Guedes and Matheus Nunez also had chances but failed to hit the target as their new coach, who will take over on Monday, Julen Lopetegui watched on in the stands.

ALSO READ: UCL: Chelsea, Manchester City come from behind to win, other results

Arsenal remain first on the table with 37 points, while Wolves are bottom of the log with 10 points.

Previous ArticleNext Article
Ademola is a writer, editor and proofreader with many years of experience. He loves music, football and books.
Send this to a friend