Result: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Arsenal
Date: 02 February 2021
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Arsenal had David Luiz and Bernd Leno sent off as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Tuesday evening.
Gabriel Martinelli dropped to the bench, with the fit-again Bukayo Saka taking his place. Kieran Tierney, Pablo Mari and Mat Ryan were sidelined with injuries, while club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the bench.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo made two changes to the side that suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace last time out. Ki-Jana Hoever and Leander Dendoncker dropped to the bench and were replaced in the starting line-up by Adama Traore and Ruben Neves.
The Gunners almost made the ideal start. Saka was played in behind on the right. He raced away and into the box but smacked the crossbar from close range.
Arsenal were definitely the side on the front foot. A cross came in from the left and ricocheted kindly for Saka in the box and he turned sharply and flashed one towards the bottom right but Rui Patricio reacted sharply to gather it.
Nelson Semedo then hit it from long range and it almost caught Bernd Leno out. It skidded across the wet surface and the Arsenal keeper spilled it initially before gobbling it up.
The visitors went up the other end and hit the crossbar. Emil Smith Rowe was released down the left after a quick one-two and he got to the byline before checking back and laying it off to Nicolas Pepe, who cracked a vicious effort towards the top corner, but Patricio tipped it onto the bar.
Pepe would get his goal soon afterwards in the 32nd minute. It was superb individual goal from the Ivorian, who won the ball back on the left and played a quick one-two with Alexandre Lacazette. The winger took the ball past Semedo, nutmegged Neves and curled it into the far corner with his weaker right foot.
In the third minute of first-half stoppage time, Willian Jose was clipped in the box when through on goal by David Luiz and the Brazilian defender was sent off with the referee pointing to the spot. Neves stepped up and dispatched the penalty into the top right corner.
Four minutes after the interval, Joao Moutinho scored an absolute cracker when he smashed a long-range effort into the left corner, out of reach of Leno.
Arsenal were reduced to nine men in the 72nd minute. Leno came charging out of his box to try and stop Traore getting on the end of a long ball and he handled it.
Wolves had a chance to extend their lead when Pedro Neto slid it through for Vitinha on the left, but the substitute dragged his shot wastefully wide of the near post.
However, it mattered not as Nuno's side came away with the three points in the end which means they have done the double over the Gunners this season.
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