- Wolves vs Arsenal kicks off at 6pm on BT Sport 1
36 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 1
Saka is doing great work out of possession, tracking Wolves players all the way back to his own box and helping at right-back.
Wolves players have started going nuts at the referee for some reason, who has awarded a throw-in rather than a corner. That’s what the noise is about.
Wow. Pepe has just dribbled past two defenders and bent a shot into the top corner with his right foot!
Wolves 0 Arsenal 1
How have Semedo and Neves not managed to stop him here? He nutmegs Semedo… does the same to Neves… then finishes. Who is this guy? I’ve seen Pepe play and he normally just lollipops it before being tackled.
31 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Saka goes down in the area and just for a few seconds it looks like it might get a penalty. The referee takes his time… and awards a corner.
That corner goes out for another corner as several players get their head to it.
29 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Arsenal win a corner, Wolves clear at the near post, Partey boots a volley off Boly, and Wolves try to break. This is a much more open game than I thought it was going to be – both teams finding space to attack.
27 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
PEPE HITS THE BAR! What a save by Rui Patricio but this hit from Pepe was brilliant. Smith Rowe is a great wee player and turns with the ball in the box after breaking in behind the last line, passes wide and Pepe, from the left, manages to curl an effort that the goalie forces onto the bar.
24 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Wolves play some nice passes and work little triangles around the pitch then all of a sudden Semedo decides to see if Leno’s paying attention and launches a rocket from 30+ yards which bounces off the floor and forces the save. Holding is wise to it, follows the deflection and clears.
21 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Boly slams a header over after connecting with a cross at the near post from a corner. Arsenal play out from the back… but Partey makes a mistake and passes out for a throw.
19 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Wolves have stepped things up a bit and are more in the game the last few minutes. Neto is getting on the ball, which definitely helps, and they might have figured out Arsenal’s plan of hitting early balls over the top for Saka.
16 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
SAKA IS IN AGAIN! Aaaaand another chance is wasted! Partey is pulling the strings, finding teammates high up the pitch with beautiful long passes. Saka breaks the offside trap at the far post, plays a square ball and nobody is there to finish it.
14 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Moutinho’s been booked for hacking at the back of Lacazette… but the free-kick is passed straight out for a throw-in as Xhaka and Saka completely misunderstand the other’s intentions.
12 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Wolves need to do something about their left side. It’s fine in attack, and we’ve just seen Podence earn his side a corner with some clever dribbling on the wing, but Kilman is being pulled all over the place. And of course, as I type that, Kilman almost powers a header into the back of the net from a corner. Just over.
That has been coming since kick off! Saka scores!
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The ball is crossed from the left, Lacazette passes back to Saka at the far post, and Saka finishes superbly with his right foot.
AAAAAAAAAAND it’s been disallowed. Lacazette was just offside. By about 10cm.
7 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Arsenal passing it around with authority and appear to be focusing their dangerous attacks down the right, targeting Kilman at Wolves’ left-back. Saka has started really well in particular.
4 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
Arsenal look really good here. They’re moving the ball around well, finding teammates in space and cutting through Wolves way too easily. Cedric is able to dance into the box… nobody gets tight for some reason, then he pulls a pass to Saka.. who SHOOTS! Saved. Wolves need to wake up.
1 mins – Wolves 0 Arsenal 0
SAKA HITS THE POST! Ohhh that’s a huge miss! A great ball over the top puts Saka in from the start and he smashes a volley with just a little too much outside and not enough inside, whacking the post. It bounces out.
Mikel Arteta on why Aubameyang’s not in
“I [wanted to] but he’s been off a couple days because of quarantine rules.”
Arteta suggests that Odegaard isn’t quite ready to play yet either, hinting that he sees players desperate to push for a first team place in training now.
Nuno Espirito Santo
These is a hacked version of what the Wolves manager has told BT Sport:
Now actions, those were the words, now it has to translate to actions.
It’s four at the back. The team needs solutions.
We have a big challenge in front of us.
They are playing very good, are a very good squad. We have to be compact and solid but we have playesr that can create headaches. So let’s compete.
Arsenal players in form
This week I wrote a ranking of the top 20 players in the Premier League and it features an Arsenal player. At least one. To find out who that is, have a look here!
This is how the teams look for this evening’s game:
And new Wolves’ signing Willian Jose starts! I think that’s a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. Arsenal something similar.
Wolves vs Arsenal
Hello there and welcome to our liveblog for Wolves vs Arsenal, a game which could very well end up having minus goals. Arsenal don’t concede many, Wolves’ recent strategy for every match they go into is to ensure they absolutely in no way possibly come close to conceding. A tactical battle lies ahead!
One player who won’t feature in that battle is Joe Willock, who has gone out on loan to Newcastle. Mikel Arteta had this to say about him:
“Joe is a young player with great ability who is progressing very well and we are happy with his continued development.
“At this moment in his career, Joe needs to be playing regularly. At Newcastle United, he is going to a very good club with a top quality manager and staff. We all wish Joe the very best at Newcastle until the end of the season.”
“Joe is a talented young player and an important member of our first-team squad. This can be seen in the number of appearances he has made for us in recent seasons.
“At this stage of his career, we have decided together with Joe, that it will benefit his development greatly to enjoy a loan period playing regular first-team football.
“We thank our counterparts at Newcastle United for their collaboration and we wish Joe all the best with his loan move.”
It sounds like a good move to me. Willock needs minutes to develop and just hasn’t done enough for Arsenal to suggest he’s ready to play in a Champions League chasing club, and that is the standard Arsenal have to believe they are at. Otherwise