Wolves 2-1 Arsenal: David Luiz and Bernd Leno sent off as nine-man Gunners implode at Molineux

David Luiz and Bernd Leno had been sent off as nine-man Arsenal imploded handy Wolves a 2-1 victory at Molineux on Tuesday.

Arsenal had been seconds away from entering into forward at the break because of Nicolas Pepe’s solo strike, however issues turned bitter in first-half stoppage time when Luiz was proven a straight pink card for bringing Willian Jose down within the field and Ruben Neves levelled from the penalty spot.

Joao Moutinho’s beautiful first Molineux objective swung the momentum in Wolves’ favour two minutes after the restart, and the sport was put past the Gunners 18 minutes from time when goalkeeper Leno was given his marching orders after inexcusably dealing with the ball exterior his space.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a late probability to grab some extent for Arsenal however their seven sport unbeaten run got here to an finish as Wolves held on for an important first victory since December 15, which sealed a primary league double over the Gunners for the reason that 1978/79 season.

Player scores

Wolves: Patricio (7), Boly (7), Coady (7), Kilman (6), Semedo (5), Moutinho (8), Neves (7), Neto (7), Traore (6), Podence (7), Willian Jose (7).

Subs: Vitinha (6), Dendoncker (6), Silva (n/a).

Arsenal: Leno (3), Bellerin (5), Holding (6), Luiz (4), Cedric (6), Partey (6), Xhaka (6), Pepe (7), Smith Rowe (6), Saka (7), Lacazette (5).

Subs: Gabriel (6), Aubameyang (5), Runarsson (6).

Man of the Match: Joao Moutinho.

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Arsenal implode as Wolves return to successful methods

David Luiz reacts to his pink card

Arsenal arrived at Molineux unbeaten in seven and had been assured and dominant from the outset as they almost put the sport past Wolves’ attain contained in the opening 10 minutes.

With barely 45 seconds on the clock, the returning Bukayo Saka latched onto Thomas Partey’s eye-of-the-needle cross, solely to see his left-footed drive cannon again off the put up.

After drawing Rui Patricio into an honest save, Saka thought he had given Arsenal an overdue lead with a scientific shot into the far nook, however Alexandre Lacazette was discovered to have been offside within the build-up.

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Team information

  • Adama Traore and Ruben Neves returned as Wolves made two adjustments from Saturday’s defeat at Crystal Palace. January signing Willian Jose made his house debut.
  • Bukayo Saka changed Gabriel Martinelli in Arsenal’s solely change from Saturday’s goalless draw with Man Utd.

Having almost been blown away early on, Wolves established a foothold within the sport, albeit with out creating clear-cut alternatives, however Arsenal nonetheless posed a risk every time they ventured ahead.

A surprising fingertip save from Patricio diverted Pepe’s near-post drive onto the bar on 25 minutes, however the Gunners had been to not be denied for much longer as their subsequent significant assault yielded the breakthrough.

Nicolas Pepe celebrates his objective

Pepe capitalised on poor defending from Nelson Semedo and Neves, skipping previous two weak challenges earlier than curling an unstoppable effort into the highest nook.

That seemed to have secured Arsenal a deserved half-time lead till Luiz’s pricey journey on Willian Jose as he raced by on objective. The Brazilian was proven a straight pink card and the Gunners’ triple jeopardy was sealed by Neves’ ruthless end into the highest nook.

Ruben Neves equalises from the spot

With the entire dynamic and complexion of the sport turned on its head, Wolves wanted little time to take benefit as Moutinho – at the 61st try – scored his firsts house objective for Wolves with a spectacular 30-yard drive than cannoned in off the put up.

Arsenal nonetheless posed a risk to Wolves’ one-goal lead however their job turned insurmountable on 72 minutes when Leno raced out of his space to forestall Adama Traore gathering a protracted ball and, in a second of insanity, punched the ball out of play.

Bernd Leno leaves the pitch after being sent off

Referee Craig Pawson was compelled to brandish the pink card for a second time after the deliberate handball, and regardless of Aubameyang’s late blocked probability, there was nothing Arsenal may do to disclaim Wolves a primary win of 2021.

Opta stats – Wolves do the double over Arsenal

  • Wolves registered their first win in 9 Premier League video games (D3 L5), since a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in December.
  • Arsenal suffered their first defeat in eight Premier League video games (W5 D2), conceding as many targets at present towards Wolves as of their earlier seven within the competitors (2).
  • Wolves accomplished their first league double over Arsenal since 1978-79.
  • Since Mikel Arteta’s first sport in control of Arsenal on Boxing Day 2019, the Gunners have been proven 9 Premier League pink playing cards, six greater than every other facet.
  • Arsenal winger Nicolas Pépé has scored in three consecutive away league appearances for the primary time since January 2019, when he scored in 4 in a row on the highway for Lille.
  • Since making his Premier League debut for Arsenal in August 2019, David Luiz has picked up extra pink playing cards (3) and conceded extra penalties (6) than every other participant within the competitors.
  • João Moutinho scored his first house objective for Wolverhampton Wanderers in all competitions (61 video games at Molineux), whereas all three of his Premier League targets have come from exterior the field.
  • Bernd Leno grew to become solely the second Arsenal goalkeeper to be sent off within the Premier League, after David Seaman in November 1993 towards West Ham.

What the managers stated…

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: “It’s a very welcome win, it means a lot. We are in a tough moment and it is important. We did many beautiful things in the past seasons and we want to emulate them again.

“The sport was very tough, Arsenal performed some superb soccer; they broke, counter-attacked, had possession, it was a tricky first half.

“Every changed with the penalty, the dynamic of the game changed. The referee didn’t have any other option [but to show a red card] in both situations.”

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta: “I’ve seen the replay [of David Luiz’s red card] 10 times from five different angles, and I cannot see any contact. I would like to see if VAR have different angles. I don’t want to think that [the decision was made on David Luiz’s reputation] I’m sure they made the decision based on seeing something. I was expecting to see something but didn’t see anything.

“I’m tremendous proud about our staff, the way in which we performed and how we dominated within the first half. We ought to have been three or 4 targets up, we did not do this, and then we put ourselves in a very tough place conceding a objective and going a person down.

“The way we lost the game really hurts, it’s painful But I have to take the positives from the way the team is evolving, the way the team played against this opponent and the amount of chances we created.”

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