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Arsenal survive thrilling final phase and remain top of the table

Arsenal FC won against Wolverhampton Wanderers and remain top of the Premier League. Despite two early goals, it was still exciting against Wolves at the end

Coach Mikel Arteta’s team, who had opted for Trossard after the 6-0 win against RC Lens in the Champions League (Havertz had to sit on the bench), started strongly and were quickly rewarded: Saka slotted home from close range after a great combination (6th minute).

Ödegaard increases the lead shortly after Saka’s 1:0

The Gunners kept the pressure on and increased their lead in the opening stages: Ödegaard placed the ball into the corner after the next good move (13′). Trossard, on the other hand, failed to beat José Sa (20) – the last action of the Wolves keeper, who had to be replaced by Bentley shortly afterwards (23).

For the rest of the first half, Arsenal let the visitors come, but remained dangerous up front: Gabriel Martinelli hit the post (37′), Gabriel Jesus also missed the 3:0 (38′, 45.+2). At the end of seven minutes of stoppage time, the visitors’ striker Hwang was suddenly through on goal, but the former Leipzig man failed to beat Raya.

After the break, the action changed a lot, with scoring chances in short supply. Former Hertha player Matheus Cunha missed the best one for Wolves (52′).

Arsenal, who had noticeably slowed down a gear but still had good passing sequences at their disposal, were hardly dangerous for long periods – and when they were, the Gunners missed a double chance like Trossard and Saka (82′).

Matheus Cunha shortens the lead – next aluminum goal for Arsenal

That took its revenge: Matheus Cunha made it 2-1 (86′) after a Zinchenko mistake in his own penalty area. Wolves then pressed for an equalizer, but it was never to come. Arsenal, for whom joker Nketiah only hit the post once more (87′), won their fifth competitive game in a row

For both teams, the Premier League continues during the week. The Gunners host newly promoted Luton Town on Tuesday at 9.15pm. Wolves host Burnley FC a little earlier (8.30pm)

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