Who would have believed this at the start of the season? Arsenal are 5 points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and will bypass the Qatar World Cup deal. This Saturday evening, as part of the 16th day of the English championship, the Gunners went to win on the lawn of Wolverhampton last (0-2), thus taking advantage of the misunderstanding of the players of Manchester City who followed them, who, a while ago, had lost on their lawn against Brentford (1-2).
At Molineux Stadium, the London side struggled to impose their game early on, especially with the early dismissal of Granit Xhaka, who was replaced by Fabio Vieira in the 16th minute due to gastric problems. . Arsenal also struggled against the density of Wolves’ low block, organizing in a 4-5-1 formation, ready to explode on a counter-attack at the slightest opportunity, capitalizing on the pace of Adama Traore and Gonzalo Guedes. Missed the target twice (20, 44).
Gabriel Jesus doesn’t score but remains crucial
As a result, Mikel Arteta’s men remained in doubt for long, even if they monopolized the ball (63% possession) and were helpless due to the eccentricity of Gabriel Jesus, who was chained without scoring for the 10th game in a row. , after attempts outside the frame (23, 40) or on the bar (35). But as has often been the case this season, the Brazilian striker, despite his lack of confidence in front of goal, has been decisive: it was he who started the opener with a deep throw past Vieira, the second centered on Martin Odegaard. To push the ball towards goal (0-1, 54).
The Norwegian captain doubled the stakes with a fine shot from the left after Jose Sa (0-2, 75th) parried an action involving Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross and a Gabriel Martinelli shot. Late in the game, the rhythm of the game completely fell off and the Gunners did not hesitate to turn the ball over. Given their overall excellent start to the season, we wouldn’t blame them.