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Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hosts surrender another lead

Raul Jimenez
Eight of Raul Jimenez's 11 goals for Wolves this season have arrived away from home

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he feels "the responsibility" to improve results after Wolves fought back to claim a merited Premier League point at the Emirates.

Boos rang out inside the stadium as a turbulent week for the club ended with Arsenal collecting just their second point from the last nine available.

"I am very demanding of myself," Emery said.

"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."

The afternoon had started brightly for the Gunners, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - standing in for the dropped Granit Xhaka as captain - opening the scoring to register his 50th goal for the club.

However, that was a rare blip for Wolves who repeatedly carved the hosts open and on another day may have claimed all three points.

And Nuno Espirito Santo's side got their reward when Raul Jimenez headed Joao Moutinho's hooked cross past Bernd Leno into the bottom right corner.

It ensured Wolves, who are up to 11th, stretched their unbeaten run to six games, while Arsenal remain in fifth.

Familiar failings haunt Arsenal

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Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: Draw not good for us - Emery

Arsenal have already surrendered leads against Watford and Crystal Palace this season, and this result did little to allay concerns over the team's perceived fragility in defence.

Former boss Arsene Wenger came in for criticism over this towards the end of his 22-year tenure at the club and there is a feeling that Emery has been unable to address those failings as he nears 18 months in charge.

While they were in total control against Watford and Palace before capitulating, that was not the case against Wolves who took the game to the hosts from the off.

The visitors had already fashioned at least half a dozen good opportunities before Arsenal opened the scoring against the run of play.

Aubameyang - who Emery later suggested could replace Xhaka has the club's captain - expertly finished from Alexandre Lacazette's pass to score his ninth goal in 13 games.

But the Gabon forward largely forced to feed off scraps with Arsenal managing just 10 shots compared to the visitors' 25, their was a sense of inevitability about Jimenez's equaliser.

However, only Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola currently enjoys a higher win ratio in the Premier League than Emery.

And the Spaniard's 59% currently places him ahead of Jurgen Klopp (58%), Mauricio Pochettino (55%) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (50%).

Wolves the comeback Kings

After a slow start to the season Wolves have now collected 10 points from the last 18 available on an unbeaten run that has seen them climb from 19th.

This performance which mirrored their showing in the 1-1 draw the Emirates last season was brimming with pace, energy and swift counter-attacking football which at times overwhelmed the hosts.

Roared on by 3,000 supporters draped in gold and black, Jimenez, Dioga Jota, Matt Doherty and Ruben Neves all featured prominently, particularly during the first period.

With the visitors sweeping forward at every opportunity, they conceded the softest of goals as the absence of their regular defenders - Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett - was felt when deputising midfielder Leander Dendoncker failed to spot Aubameyang's run.

But that did little to jolt or unnerve them as they continued in the same vein and pushed Arsenal back.

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Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: We must defend better - Nuno

"We finished on the front foot and every time we broke the feeling was we could harm more," said Nuno.

"I am happy because we worked hard and showed character. This is the process we want. We want to go to every stadium and play with our identity."

Doherty saw his right-foot shot superbly saved by Leno, with the Arsenal keeper also forced into action by Neves and Mexico forward Jimenez.

Wolves, who have scored 86% of their goals in the second half this season, underlined their status as comeback specialists when Jimenez got his reward with one of his eight efforts on goal.

Nuno's team have now recovered to draw 1-1 on six occasions this season.

Man of the Match - Raul Jimenez (Wolves)

Raul Jimenez celebrates
Raul Jimenez had more efforts on goal then any other player and was rewarded for his perseverance

Shot-shy Arsenal - the stats

  • Arsenal have dropped points having scored the first goal in consecutive home league games for the first time since November 2004 (Southampton and West Brom).
  • Wolves have gone unbeaten in three league games against Arsenal (W1 D2) for the first time since a run of three wins between October 1978 and September 1979
  • Wolves have scored in 10 consecutive Premier League games for the first time.
  • Arsenal failed to have a single shot on target in the second half of this match, with their last effort coming in the 32nd minute.
  • Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's debut in February 2018, he and Alexandre Lacazette have combined for nine Premier League goals for Arsenal - the most of any pair at the club in this period.
  • Wolves' Raul Jimenez has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season - only Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero (13 each) have scored more amongst Premier League players.

What's next?

Arsenal travel to Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on Wednesday, 6 November (15:50 GMT) before their next Premier league outing at Leicester on Saturday, 9 November (17:30).

Wolves host Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday, 7 November (20:00) and resume their Premier League duties when they welcome Aston Villa to Molineux on Sunday, 10 November (14:00).

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 21Chambers
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 23David Luiz
  • 3TierneySubstituted forKolasinacat 87'minutes
  • 11TorreiraSubstituted forSakaat 73'minutes
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 10Özil
  • 8Ceballos
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forMartinelliat 60'minutes
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 2Bellerín
  • 19Pépé
  • 26Martínez
  • 28Willock
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 35Martinelli
  • 77Saka

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 27SaïssBooked at 67mins
  • 2DohertySubstituted forVinagreat 71'minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18JotaBooked at 89minsSubstituted forNetoat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 26Perry
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
60,383

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away24
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota.

Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Booking

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac replaces Kieran Tierney.

Attempt missed. Sokratis (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leander Dendoncker.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jonny.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

David Luiz (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).

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

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jonny.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Bukayo Saka replaces Lucas Torreira.

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Booking

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool1110102591631
2Man City1181234102425
3Chelsea117222517823
4Leicester106222581720
5Arsenal114521615117
6Sheff Utd11443128416
7Bournemouth114431413116
8Brighton114341414015
9Crystal Palace104331012-215
10Man Utd113441311213
11Wolves112721414013
12West Ham113441417-313
13Tottenham103341615112
14Burnley113351418-412
15Newcastle11335917-812
16Aston Villa113261618-211
17Everton103161016-610
18Southampton112271027-178
19Norwich112181126-157
20Watford11056623-175
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