Arsenal’s questionable run of form continued yesterday after they were unable to get the job done against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates. Unai Emery was well aware of the fact that this was going to be a tricky day at the office, as any game against Nuno’s Wolves side seems to be. However, from his tactical work to the team he actually put out, this was a clear misfire as Arsenal extended their winless streak in all competitions to three.
Wolves came firing out of the blocks as many expected them to do, really stamping their authority on a game that always felt like it was going to go right down to the wire. They were able to land the heavy shots early and they got in behind the Gunners back four, making it difficult for them to get into any sort of rhythm – which the Emirates crowd picked up on fairly quickly.
Pushing the pace
After 21 minutes, though, Arsenal’s shining light Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was able to edge his side into the lead with a nice finish that served as proof as to why he has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or this year. Auba was standing in as captain for Granit Xhaka, and managed to score his 50th goal for the club, which should’ve been a moment to celebrate.
However, as the game went on, it soon became obvious that Wolves were going to spoil the party. The Gunners held on for as long as they could, but their resistance was finally broken by Raul Jimenez who ensured that the visitors’ unbeaten run would continue. The result edges them up into 11th, whereas Arsenal are still down in 5th, off the pace of the top four.
“I am very demanding of myself,” Emery said.
Feeling the pressure
“We are not proud of our result today. The result is not good.I feel every time my responsibility to work and come back with better results.”
Both clubs will now re-focus their attention to the Europa League, which is a competition which both will probably be putting quite a bit of focus on between now and the end of the season. When they meet again at Molineux later on in the campaign, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how both have progressed, and whether or not they’re a little bit closer in the table than they are right now.
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