Who would have believed it at the start of the season? Arsenal will pass the truce imposed by the World Cup in Qatar top of the Premier League, with 5 points ahead of Manchester City. This Saturday evening, as part of the 16th day of the English Championship, the Gunners went to win on the lawn of the last Wolverhampton (0-2), thus taking advantage of the misstep of their pursuers, the Manchester City players, who , earlier, had lost on their lawn against Brentford (1-2).
At the Molineux Stadium, the London team initially struggled to impose their game, in particular due to the early exit of Granit Xhaka, replaced by Fabio Vieira from the 16th minute, because he suffered a priori from gastric problems. . Arsenal also suffered against the density of Wolves’ low block, organized in a 4-5-1 formation, and ready to burst into a counter-attack at the slightest opportunity, taking advantage of the speed of Adama Traoré and Gonçalo Guedes, who narrowly missed the target twice (20th, 44th).
Gabriel Jesus does not score but remains decisive
As a result, Mikel Arteta’s players, even if they monopolized the ball (63% possession), remained suspicious for a long time, but also helpless, due to the clumsiness of Gabriel Jesus, who chained a 10th game in a row. without scoring, after attempts outside the frame (23rd, 40th) or on the bar (35th). But, as usual this seasonthe Brazilian striker, despite his lack of confidence in front of goal, nevertheless proved to be decisive: it was he who initiated the opener, by launching Vieira deep, the latter centering for Martin Odegaard, who did not just have to push the ball into the goal (0-1, 54th).
The Norwegian captain doubled the bet, with a nice shot from the left, after an action involving a cross from Oleksandr Zinchenko and a shot from Gabriel Martinelli repelled by José Sá (0-2, 75th). At the end of the match, the rhythm of the match fell completely, the Gunners not hesitating to turn the ball around. Given the phenomenal overall quality of their start to the season, we won’t blame them.