Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta mentioned he isn’t frightened about his place after his facet slumped to their worst begin to a season since 1981 with defeat at residence by Wolves in a recreation overshadowed by a nasty head harm to visiting striker Raul Jimenez.
The Gunners sit 14th within the desk after 5 losses in 10 league video games – a 12 months to the day since Unai Emery was sacked at head coach – and have been overwhelmed of their previous three matches at Emirates Stadium.
“It is one thing that the day I made a decision to be a coach I knew that in the future I might be sacked or depart the soccer membership however I do not know when that’s going to occur,” he mentioned.
“On this occupation, I do know it should occur however I by no means fear about it.
“My solely concern is to get the most effective out of the gamers and provides the absolute best service to the membership.”
A recreation between two of the Premier League’s lowest-scoring sides was disrupted by a sickening conflict of heads between Jimenez and David Luiz within the opening exchanges that led to the Mexico striker receiving therapy on the sector for 10 minutes earlier than being taken to hospital.
It was understandably flat for a time after that however flickered into life when Pedro Neto slotted residence from shut vary after Leandro Dendoncker had headed Adama Traore’s teasing cross in opposition to the bar halfway via the primary half.
Gabriel equalised for the hosts with a thumping header from a Willian cross simply three minutes later however Wolves had been the higher facet all through and re-established their lead when Daniel Podence cleverly transformed after keeper Bernd Leno fumbled Neto’s drive.
Arsenal not often threatened, with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang little greater than a spectator at instances, and Arteta has a lot to ponder along with his facet languishing within the backside half.
Wolves, however, are as much as sixth and sit simply 4 factors off the summit in an more and more congested prime half of the desk.
A sickening harm
The match had barely acquired going when considered one of its greatest stars was left unable to proceed.
The second Jimenez and Luiz dropped to the ground it was clear there was actual concern among the many gamers as medical workers rushed on to the sector.
Jimenez was finally taken off on a stretcher and straight to hospital after a bandaged and visibly upset Luiz went to examine on his stricken opponent.
Luiz continued till half-time – Arsenal have mentioned they adopted all the right protocols in maintaining him on the pitch – however was withdrawn on the break, blood clearly exhibiting via his bandage.
Within the absence of talisman Jimenez, supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo wanted his different attackers to step up – and, as soon as the shock of the harm wore off, they duly delivered a vibrant efficiency of actual menace.
Neto’s second aim of the season, from the bench in opposition to Southampton final week, was rewarded with a begin at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and he repaid that religion by firing Wolves into the lead.
The 20-year-old Portugal ahead was additionally instrumental within the aim that put the guests forward once more on the stroke of half-time. Arsenal keeper Leno might solely shovel out Neto’s shot from distance and Podence neatly drilled residence the rebound.
Wolves have struggled for objectives this season however, with Traore again within the workforce, and Neto and Podence trying threatening, it could be they’ve the instruments to deal with that within the coming weeks, even when Jimenez could also be set for a spell on the sidelines.
One 12 months on, Arsenal nonetheless struggling
On 29 November 2019, Emery was dismissed as Arsenal supervisor with the Gunners eighth within the Premier League and a mutinous ambiance across the membership.
Precisely 12 months on, his successor appears to have extra questions than solutions in his in-tray after one other flat efficiency in entrance of empty stands at this cavernous stadium.
Arteta deserves credit score for the way in which he rallied the workforce final season to seal Europa League qualification by successful the FA Cup – a triumph that included notable victories over Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea.
The previous Gunners midfielder has additionally stiffened the spine of a workforce that was repeatedly accused of being flaky – earlier than Sunday’s fixture, solely Tottenham had conceded fewer objectives within the Premier League this season.
However at what price?
Arsenal appear to have misplaced fluency going ahead and their world-class striker and premium asset Aubameyang has solely scored two league objectives this season.
Certainly, Aubameyang touched the ball solely eight instances within the first half – and three of these had been from kick-offs. Then, when gifted two second-half alternatives, the Gabon worldwide didn’t hit the goal with both.
Arsenal’s aim, easy in its creation, was a strong Gabriel header from Willian’s cross, however past that they not often threatened a Wolves backline that can also be notoriously strong.
Arteta wants a swift resolution to his facet’s bluntness as a result of, on a day when north London rivals Tottenham went again to the highest of the desk, they appear additional away than ever from the English top-flight’s elite.
‘No excuses’ – what they mentioned
Arsenal supervisor Arteta: “That they had two photographs on the right track and scored each instances. Within the second half, my workforce confirmed a resilience, togetherness and perception to attempt to win the sport again. We generated good possibilities however all gamers undergo durations the place they wrestle to attain objectives.
“It is my accountability for the workforce to attain extra objectives. There are not any excuses – we have now to enhance.”
Wolves boss Nuno: “It is horrible if you see considered one of your gamers [Jimenez] in an incident like that. Now we have to have a correct evaluation, however he is in good arms.
“I am very pleased with my workforce tonight. The expertise and high quality is there and the need and perception we have now will transfer us ahead.”
Shot-shy Gunners – the stats
- Arsenal’s tally of 13 factors is their lowest after their opening 10 matches of any league marketing campaign since 1981-82 (12).
- Arsenal have misplaced three consecutive residence Premier League video games for the second time because the begin of final season. Earlier than this, that they had by no means suffered three straight residence defeats within the competitors.
- Wolves’ tally of 17 factors is their most after 10 video games of a top-flight marketing campaign since 1979-80 (20 – adjusting to a few factors for a win).
- Throughout 2020, solely Manchester United (9) have gained extra Premier League fixtures away from residence than Wolves’ seven.
- Arsenal have misplaced 5 of their previous eight league video games, after being overwhelmed in solely 5 of their first 22 underneath Arteta.
- Neto has scored as many objectives in Wolves’ 10 league matches this season as he managed in 29 final time period (three).
Wolves have a visit to champions Liverpool subsequent Sunday (19:15 GMT kick-off), whereas Arsenal have the north London derby at leaders Spurs earlier on the identical day (16:30).
Earlier than that, the Gunners host Speedy Vienna within the Europa League on Thursday (20:00).
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- 23David LuizSubstituted forHoldingat 45′minutesBooked at 86mins
- 6dos Santos Magalhães
- 3TierneyBooked at 90mins
- 34XhakaSubstituted forLacazetteat 80′minutes
- 12WillianSubstituted forNelsonat 65′minutes
- 17Cédric Soares
- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 15BolyBooked at 47mins
- 16CoadyBooked at 89mins
- 5Marçal de Oliveira
- 28João Moutinho
- 37TraoréBooked at 54mins
- 10Castelo PodenceSubstituted forNevesat 70′minutes
- 9JiménezSubstituted forSoares Silvaat 15′minutesBooked at 56minsSubstituted forKilmanat 78′minutes
- 17Soares Silva
- 20Machado Ferreira
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Match ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
Try blocked. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is blocked. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.
Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Kieran Tierney (Arsenal).
Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the correct wing.
Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Maximilian Kilman.
Rob Holding (Arsenal) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Rob Holding (Arsenal).
Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Hand ball by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).
Try missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) header from the centre of the field misses to the left.
Try blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.