It’s all so much more fun when Arsenal are winning. Goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette lifted the Gunners to a massive victory, their fourth straight overall, third in the Premier League. All of a sudden, Arsenal are in the Europa League places with an eye on an (extremely) improbably run at a Champions League place. The consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Brighton to open Project Restart feel like ages ago.
This match had a vintage Arsene Wenger’s early 2010’s Arsenal feel to it. The club dug out a tough away result that wasn’t flashy but got the job done. It was a cagey match. Neither side generated much in the way of chances. Arsenal put two away, and Emi Martinez came up big two or three times to deny Wolves.
I’m giving Mikel Arteta high marks for this one. He set up Arsenal to not over-extend into a Wolves counter, which is how they’ve feasted this season. When Adama Traore was looking particularly menacing to start the second half, Arteta brought on Ainsley Maitland-Niles to shut down the threat. And substitutes Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette combined to score the insurance goal.
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