Wolves 0 – 3 Arsenal: Closing in on third…

With Wigan and Chelsea coming up after today, Arsene decided to rotate a little bit, whilst not changing too much. The in form Rosicky was rested and Koscielny had an enforced absence – which meant that Ramsey started in midfield and Djourou at the back. Benayoun kept his place after some good displays. Gibbs’ absence meant hat Santos started too, in what was our 18th different back four combination of the season.

The line up was:


Sagna – Djourou – Vermaelen – Santos

Arteta – Song

Walcott – Ramsey – Benayoun

Van Persie

Although Ramsey

The opening exchanges were in our favour with a determination, and within 10 minutes, Wolves had a man sent off and we had a penalty. The penalty was won when Walcott cut inside, passed to Van Persie – who then chipped in it back into Walcott path, who made a darting run into the box. Ex-Sp*rs defender Bassong pulled him down, red card for the defender… Penalty to Arsenal.

Van Persie decided to do a little cheeky chip to score – not something I’m a fan of, especially when it’s 0-0 and it’s such an important game, but he did score – and it was his 34th goal of the season. Guess how many goals Wolves have scored all season? 34… you got it!

Arsene was also a little surprised at the choice:

It was a surprise to me because I have never seen him doing that. It was just what came into his mind at the last second he said.

And 1-0 became 2-0 very quickly, when the same combination and one two between Walcott and Van Persie saw Walcott through the middle and he slotted it past the keeper to make it 2-0.

The rest of the first half was a little run of the mill – we had a lot of possession and Wolves were quite frustrated, nothing really to write home about, it was all second gear.

Wolves had a bit of pressure in the second half and you felt it was self inflicted. We did get the safety third, albeit late on – Song played a slightly more advanced role today and when Van Persie set him down he left – his cut back found Benayoun and he Israeli got his name of the scoresheet to secure the points.

In the end, the scoreline was comfortable, and despite a little bit of pressure, it was a relatively straightforward game. Arsene summarised the game…

We started well and then had a situation where we could control the game. Did we push on or not? After that we played a bit with the handbrake on, they played deeper and defended like mad with a great spirit until the end of the game. If they keep that spirit then they still have a chance of staying in the league. On our part we controlled the game, although they actually had a spell in the second half where they created chances. Szczesny made a good save but after that it was a comfortable win.

We now return to the Emirates for the game against Wigan – who beat Manchester United today – and they are fighting for their lives. Their win against United actually moved them out of the relegation zone. No matter how much we think we’ve achieved, or how easy the opposition will be, we have to ensure that we focus and do our utmost best. We did so against Man City and Wolves and we need to apply the same tenacity to Wigan.

Til tomorrow, my friends, til tomorrow…

  • ArseFan101

    Results for other teams have certainly gone our way, who thought Spurs would at home to Norwich. Their collapse is even more remarkable than ours was last season.

    5 points clear with 5 games to go!!

  • shard

    A win is a win.But dont anyone say we played well.Wolves are a championship side in all but name but with 10 men after 15 mins they were there for the taking.i like Ramsey but he had another shocker.And with a 2-0 lead at half time v 10 men why didnt Wenger give the Ox a whole half.What we do know is Chamakh and Park wont be at the club next season

  • ArseManual

    You’re right – doubt Chamakh and Park will be here next season.

    With Ramsey – I think he is lacking confidence and seems to be off the boil.

    I think we did well yesterday – QPR and Wolves are very similar teams, and we failed against QPR but did a good professional job yesterday.

  • jimmy

    I was one of those who came on here calling for Wenger to go in mid-February. That seemed a fair reaction at the time. I thought this was a good time to come on and give him and the team great credit for the turnaround. I didn’t see it coming at all. I’ve certainly enjoyed it. Having said that, as a fan for 44 years, my instinct is that we still will never win anything under Wenger, and I’m not sure we would be doing so well if we were under the pressure of challenging for the league and competing for the other cups. Our negligent pre-season and our meek surrender in Milan seems to have been forgotten, and why is he now persisting with Ramsey on the left instead of the Ox, which seemed to kill the momentum on Sunday before Arteta’s individual strike saved the day? I’ll probably be shot down for these negative comments. I’m just saying I recognise we’re currently doing really well compared to many other teams and playing good football, but I still doubt we can take it to the next level in the long term under Wenger. I’ll be very happy to be proved wrong in the close season and next season. –

  • lance

    While we are all enjoying this very good run that we are on I saw something last night that made me realise something.
    Many of us have began to believe that Wenger has learnt some very harsh lessons from this season but one massive error remains that means we will always be around the top 4 with him in charge but winning anything meaningful like the title or the Champ League will never happen.
    Our team is as good as our weakest player on the pitch. Against a good team that weak player can turn a win into a defeat in a second.
    Against Barcelona or Madrid or even AC Milan, Santos would have been slaughtered. A really poor defender who will play many times for us next season.
    Ramsey is another player who has had a poor season will Wilshere replace him next season or will Wenger continue to play players out of form.
    Reason United do so well is that Fergie will not allow poor performances to last longer than one game. Rest assured United will go on to win the League now.
    Up front we have the wide players like Walcott and Ox and the amazing VP but apart from them and Rosicky it is dire.
    For me the next transfer window is now really a case of where this management want Arsenal FC to be. Its 50/50 as to if its success or failure

  • ArseFan101

    @ jimmy:
    I think the lessons of last summer have been learnt
    The fans turned on wenger & the team mid-season and that’s got to be a lesson
    Season ticket sales went down, waiting lists reduced.

    Arsene has possibly secured Podolski already. He will also strengthen in summer with the knowledge that we’re 3rd and guarenteed CL football next season.

  • ArseFan101

    @ lance:
    Rosicky has been our inspiration for the recent come back to form – Santos hasn’t had a run of games recently either!