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Post-Match Analysis: Arsenal 1-2 Wolves, Jimenez suffered a head injury

Arsenal succumbed to a 1-2 defeat at home in the Premier League fixture against Wolves on Sunday evening. This is their 5th defeat in 10 league games after another disappointing performance at Emirates.

New summer signing defender Gabriel Magalhaes scored his 2nd league goal, which was the only positive take from the match for the Gunners.

Despite this big win, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost their key striker Raul Jimenez to a horrific head injury.

Arsenal 1-2 Wolves Team News:

Gunners were without suspended Nicolas Pepe for the Wolves fixture. Thomas Partey was ruled out as the midfielder continues to recover from strain to left thigh against Aston Villa at home on November 8. 

Mohamed Elneny who started the last match at Emirates is also ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 with Sead Kolasinac. Bukayo Saka and Willian, after missing the midweek fixture at Molde made the starting 11 with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leading the attack.

Captain Conor Coady was back in the starting 11 for Wolves after missing against Southampton. The defender sat out Monday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton as he self-isolated after coming into contact with someone who had coronavirus.

Roman Saiss missed out after testing positive for COVID-19. Raul Jimenez led the attack with Pedro Neto and Adama Traore.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willian, Willock, Saka, Aubameyang.

Wolves: Patricio, Semedo, Boly, Coady, Marcal, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Traore, Podence,Neto, Jimenez

Arsenal 1-2 Wolves Match Analysis:

After a lively start by both sides, the game was overshadowed by a horrific collision between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez. After 10 minutes of stoppage, injured Raul Jimenez was stretchered off with a nasty head injury.

The details on the injury will be updated soon but the Mexican was conscious and responding to treatment by the time he reached the hospital.

Pedro Neto fired Wolves into the lead after Dendoncker’s header rebounded off the crossbar and the Portuguese forward reacted fastest to fire it in. Wolves lead was short-lived as moments later Gabriel scored a thumping header from Willian’s cross. With this goal, Arsenal scored their first goal from open play in 5 hours of game time.

But Wolves still carried the threat, as Bernd Leno saved twice to keep the score level. But in the 42nd minute, Adama Traore’s cross led to a deflected shot that squirmed away from Leno. Again Wolves were quick to react to the rebound as Daniel Podence expertly dispatched the ball into the back of the net.

Rob Holding came on for injured David Luiz at half-time. Arsenal started the half well with some slick passing as Bukayo Saka missed a great opportunity. A loose touch by Rui Patrício allowed Aubameyang to steal possession but the Gabonese forward couldn’t finish it as Conor Coady blocked the shot.

Substitute Reiss Nelson missed a great chance as his shot fired over the crossbar. But Wolves held onto a well deserved away win against Gunners in almost 50 years.

Notable Performance:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang(4/10)– Arsenal captain had another disappointing outing. Missed a great chance with his head with less than 10 minutes remaining. With 2 goals in 10 PL games, Arsenal’s talisman has had his worst start to a season in his recent memory.

Pedro Neto(8/10)– One of his best performances for Wolves. Created havoc for Hector Bellerin. Scored a well-deserved goal and had a hand in both of the goals scored by Wolves.

Adama Traore (8/10)– Just like Pedro Neto, Adama played a key role in both goals. Made life difficult for Kieran Tierney with his pace. Had a shout for a penalty turned down after he was tripped by Gabriel.

Manager’s Reaction:

A really bad result. The performance in the first half – we had our moments, they had two shots on target & scored twice. We had a great reaction in the second half, we went all for it, I think the team showed the desire, how much they wanted to win the game.”

– Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta

“Jimenez is doing a scan now but he’s conscious, he’s OK (considering) the gravity of the problem, of course. “It’s serious, it was a bad moment for everybody. We are worried of course. “He speaks, he’s aware, now he has to do a proper assessment. He’s in good hands.”

– Nuno on Jimenez injury

Wolves move into the top 6 with this win just one point above Everton. With 13 points in 10 matches, Arsenal are having the worst ever start to their season. Arsenal sits 14th in the table 8 points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the North London derby.

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