Wolves 3-1 Arsenal: Gunners miss chance to go fourth in Premier League

Matt Doherty

Arsenal missed the chance to go fourth in the Premier League as they were outplayed by Wolves at Molineux.

Ruben Neves put the hosts ahead with a direct free-kick from 25 yards before Matt Doherty headed in a second.

Diogo Jota added a third just before half time after the Gunners gave the ball away and he ran at the away defence before firing a shot under goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Arsenal defender Sokratis headed in from Granit Xhaka’s corner in the 80th minute but it was not enough for the Gunners.

The victory takes Wolves up from 10th to seventh, while Arsenal remain fifth, one point adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind north London rivals Tottenham.

With three games left of the season, Wolves are in contention to qualify for Europe.

If Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final the team finishing seventh in the Premier League will take the last available European spot and enter next season’s Europa League at the second qualifying round phase.

Wolves impress again against a top-six side

Wolves’ win continues a remarkable campaign for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in their first season since winning promotion from the Championship.

The hosts went into the match without a win in three games in all competitions but were on top even when the game was goalless as Joao Moutinho curled wide from 25 yards and Raul Jimenez just failed to connect with Jonny’s through ball.

Neves then gave Wolves a deserved lead in the 28th minute with a fine free-kick after Nacho Monreal had clumsily bundled over Jonny in a central position.

A well-worked move from a short corner – albeit with Arsenal’s defenders not applying pressure – left Jonny with space to cross and Doherty got to the ball before Leno to head into the net and double his side’s lead.

Another Arsenal error led to Wolves’ third as the ball was given away to Jota, who drove forward and shot under Leno, who should have done better.

This win means Wolves have picked up 16 points in their matches against the current top six this season, a record that includes wins over Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and now Arsenal.

Wolves are also aiming to become the first newly-promoted side to finish in the top eight since Reading finished eighth in 2005-06, while no newly promoted team has finished higher than that since Ipswich Town were fifth in 2000-01.

Teams to finish in the top eight in the Premier League in their first seasons after winning promotion
Season Team Position
1992-93 Blackburn Rovers 4th
1993-94 Newcastle United 3rd
1994-95 Nottingham Forest 3rd
1999-00 Sunderland 7th
2000-01 Ipswich Town 5th
2006-07 Reading 8th

More to follow.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5BennettBooked at 84mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertyBooked at 17mins
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8Neves
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 90′minutes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forTraoréat 82′minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré

Arsenal

  • 19Leno
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18MonrealBooked at 27mins
  • 11TorreiraBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGuendouziat 59′minutes
  • 34XhakaBooked at 31mins
  • 7MkhitaryanSubstituted forKolasinacat 58′minutes
  • 10Özil
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forNketiahat 71′minutes
  • 9Lacazette

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 4Elneny
  • 20Mustafi
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 49Nketiah
  • 59Willock
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
31,436

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Arsenal 1.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Granit Xhaka.

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Arsenal. Granit Xhaka tries a through ball, but Eddie Nketiah is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Booking

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Rúben Neves.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Arsenal 1. Sokratis (Arsenal) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota.

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Attempt blocked. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Alex Iwobi.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonny.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sokratis.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Matteo Guendouzi replaces Lucas Torreira.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

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