Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta says everyone seems to be shocked on the Gunners surging 5 factors clear on the prime of the Premier League however that he’s decided his gamers ought to take pleasure in their current lofty standing.
Martin Odegaard’s second-half double of their win over Wolves was sufficient for Arsenal to take most benefit of Manchester Metropolis’s shock defeat by Brentford and guarantee they are going to be prime on Christmas Day for the primary time since 2007.
It’s a main achievement for a membership that has not completed increased than fifth since 2016.
“Clearly no person anticipated us to be the place we’re proper now,” mentioned Arteta. “Nevertheless it’s nice to be the place we’re and we’re having fun with that second.”
Odegaard turned dwelling Fabio Vieira’s low cross from shut vary 10 minutes after the restart after which drilled within the rebound after Jose Sa had stored out Gabriel Martinelli’s low effort quarter-hour from time.
It meant there was no slip-up for the Gunners, who watched Metropolis’s defeat on the group coach as they travelled to the Midlands and celebrated when Ivan Toney scored in harm time.
“As you’ll be able to think about,” mentioned Arteta, when requested concerning the response.
“However that is the way in which that you simply dwell this league and that is the sweetness. You begin to do this on the second recreation of the season as a result of the competitors is so massive that you simply’re at all times taking a look at different opponents. It is one thing that each group does.”
There was extra excellent news from the Arsenal camp as Arteta revealed Granit Xhaka’s first-half exit was all the way down to a illness bug that affected the guests earlier than kick-off, somewhat than something that may put the Switzerland participant’s World Cup in jeopardy.
In distinction, Wolves are actually backside as new supervisor Julen Lopetegui prepares to take cost.
The previous Spain, Actual Madrid and Sevilla boss was launched quarter-hour earlier than kick-off at Molineux and watched the sport from the stands.
He noticed a microcosm of Wolves’ season given the hosts battled arduous and produced some alternatives regardless of spending a lot of the sport on the again foot, however have been undone by an absence of aim risk as they failed to attain for the eighth time in 15 top-flight video games.
Odegaard may very well be Arsenal’s title key
Twelve victories and 37 factors represents Arsenal’s greatest file 14 video games right into a season.
They do nonetheless must play defending champions Metropolis as their first deliberate league recreation towards them was referred to as off final month to permit the Gunners to stand up up to now with their Europa League programme.
Additionally they must face an in-form Newcastle, however they’ve met all the remainder of their ‘massive six’ rivals and look very a lot the actual deal.
Odegaard specifically has proved an impressed selection as captain by Mikel Arteta.
The 23-year-old Norwegian goes about his work in a quietly efficient means, clear in his passing and astute when it comes to his positioning, which given his central position is important.
He’s a aim risk too. His first was a poacher’s effort as he evaded the attentions of Wolves defenders regardless of his proximity to the house aim. His second concerned very good first-touch management because the ball ran out to him, then a exact end.
A lot has been fabricated from Erling Haaland’s possible influence for Metropolis after the World Cup, given Norway’s absence means he shall be resting when so many influential gamers are in Qatar. The identical can be true of Odegaard.
Lopetegui’s scoring drawback
As no Premier League season has reached Christmas Day with so few fixtures performed, comparisons to earlier years should include an asterisk.
And earlier than Arsenal’s supporters get too excited, it’s 1947 since they have been prime and went on to turn into champions, which now needs to be the goal.
On the different finish, solely three golf equipment within the Premier League period have escaped the drop after being on the foot of the desk.
If there’s a shining gentle on the finish of that specific tunnel for Wolves, the final group to do it have been Leicester, who went on to turn into champions the next season.
Chairman Jeff Shi has much less lofty goals judging by his programme notes, the place he admitted he does not ‘count on to begin profitable immediately’, which is a novel method.
There was no phrase from Wolves about Lopetegui’s contract however it could be a serious shock if it didn’t comprise an escape clause on each side on the finish of the season ought to the managerial change fail to work as hoped.
No supervisor could make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear although. And whereas Adama Traore’s tempo brought about Arsenal issues and Goncalo Guedes produced considered one of his simpler shows, Wolves didn’t discover the online.
They’ve scored solely eight occasions within the league this season, by far the worst return within the prime flight.
Diego Costa shall be again after suspension as soon as home fight resumes following Qatar 2022, though whether or not that shall be sufficient to avoid wasting Wolves is debatable.
- 22Nélson SemedoSubstituted forLembikisaat 68′minutes
- 24GomesBooked at 37minsSubstituted forNunesat 80′minutes
- 64BuenoBooked at 90mins
- 6TraoréBooked at 45mins
- 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forPodenceat 68′minutes
- 17Gonçalo Guedes
- 6GabrielBooked at 60mins
- 35ZinchenkoSubstituted forCédric Soaresat 90+1′minutes
- 5ParteyBooked at 52mins
- 34XhakaSubstituted forFábio Vieiraat 16′minutesSubstituted forElnenyat 90+1′minutes
- 7SakaSubstituted forNelsonat 90+1′minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 17Cédric Soares
- 21Fábio Vieira
- Stuart Attwell
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Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 2.
Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 2.
Hugo Bueno (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is proven the yellow card.
Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Hugo Bueno (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Substitution, Arsenal. Cédric Soares replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Substitution, Arsenal. Mohamed Elneny replaces Fábio Vieira.
Substitution, Arsenal. Reiss Nelson replaces Bukayo Saka.
Try missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from exterior the field is simply too excessive following a nook.
Nook, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Gabriel Jesus.
Try blocked. Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Nook, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.
Try saved. Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the field is saved within the prime proper nook. Assisted by Adama Traoré.
Try missed. Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field is shut, however misses to the best. Assisted by Adama Traoré.
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Nathan Collins.
Try blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.
Try blocked. Hugo Bueno (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves.
Foul by Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal).
Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Try missed. Boubacar Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from exterior the field misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré.
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