Wolves 1 – 4 Arsenal
Eduardo (2), which were own goals, Cesc, Arshavin
The line up was similar to the last game – but Song was rested and Sagna in for Eboue, with Eduardo coming in for Nasri…
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Gibbs
Ramsey – Diaby
Arshavin – Cesc – Eduardo
With a bench of Mannone, Eboue, Silvestre, Senderos, Song, Nasri and Rosicky.
Don’t let the score let you think this was an easy game. It wasn’t. Wolves came out guns blazing and for the first 15 – 20 minutes, they had the game – they had possession, and they had the chances. But we defended well and our unit was resilient. We had some cameo’s going forward, but nothing of note.
The main change of the game was when Diaby got injured on the 23rd minute, and Song came on for the Frenchman. We did seem more comfortable with the Cameroonian player in front of our back four and within 5 minutes of him arriving on the pitch, we were one nil up. Not because he was on the pitch so much, but maybe because the other players became freer, or maybe because Wolves got tired after their great first half of the first half.
The first goal came through a corner when Cesc whipped the ball over, and Eduardo prodded it goalwards, it felt like our first real attack of the game. The ball seems to ricochet off Wolves defender Zubar, so it probably goes down as an own goal. One became two quickly and it was that man again Eduardo who applied a finish to a counter attack when both Ramsey and him broke free against Craddock. The ball hit the Wolves player, so again, it goes down as an own goal.
Before the end of the game, it was 3-0, and it was a brilliant run by Sagna, an excellent cross to Van Persie and an even better lay off to Cesc, who finished with aplomb… the scoreline did flatter us to be honest, but we were good for the lead by the end of the half.
In the second half, we took our foot off the gas, and it didn’t have the intensity of the first – don’t get me wrong, it was a great second half, with attacking intent from both sides, but clearly at 3-0, it was also more subdued in terms of goal intent. We did get the fourth through an excellent shot from Arshavin. Cesc swung a corner over and it ricocheted out to the Russian, who first time, on the half volley, accurately place the ball to the left of the keeper.
It was unfortunate at the end to concede, but Wolves did deserve a goal through their attacking intent anyhow, but a timely reminder that it’s not always easy to keep a clean sheet.
The win takes us above Manchester United and into 2nd place, and it all hangs on tomorrow’s game to see how far off the top we are, with Chelsea and Man United playing at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are currently on 27 points from 11, we’ve on 25 from 11 and Man U are also on 25 from 11. A 0-0 draw would suit us down to a tee, and a win in our game in hand would send us to the top of the table.
Arsene reflected on the games tomorrow and spoke