Arsenal Analysis – Gunners back on track against Wolves but issues remain



Chamakh 1, Chamakh 90+4

Arsenal bounced back from their disappointing defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and Newcastle with a two goal win against Wolves at Molineux. The Gunners were far from their best and despite scoring in the first and last minutes they could have easily handed a point to Wolves.

Arsenal could not have asked for a better start as after only 37 seconds they had the lead, Alex Song found himself out on the right and he delivered in a superb cross that managed to find Marouane Chamakh who fired a good header into the bottom left hand corner.

The Gunners could have had the games wrapped up soon after when Andrey Arshavin profited on a mistake in the Wolves defence only to be denied by a superb save from Marcus Hahnemann. The Wolves keeper then saved again from Cesc Fabregas and this looked like it could have been the start of a barrage, however, Wolves worked hard to get back in the game.

Arsenal have not seemed to gel at the back this season whether through goalkeeping errors or through different centre-back pairings and this seemed evident again on Wednesday as first Kevin Doyle and then Stephen Hunt came close, the latter denied by a superb save from Lukasz Fabianski.

The second half began with Wolves on the offensive once again and Bacary Sagna did well to block from Nenad Milijas. The away side responded quickly and Fabregas will be disappointed he could not find the net when put through by Rosicky, this miss was very nearly costly as moments later Milijas played in Doyle who hit a curling shot that was expertly saved by Fabianski.

Arsenal then, as they so often do, produced a moment of magic that nearly put them out of reach when Djourou found Arshavin just inside his own half. The little Russian proceeded to cut inside two Wolves defenders before crashing the ball back off the post, this was defiantly the best Arsenal effort of the half so far.

This seemed to inspire Arsenal and it was Djourou who found himself with the ball at his feet after a mix up in the Wolves box, unfortunately for the Swiss defender he was denied his first Arsenal goal after a good goal line clearance.

It was to Wolves and particularly Kevin Doyle’s credit that they would not give up and in the final minutes the Irishman produced an unbelievable one handed save from Fabianski from a point blank shot. It was in this final push that the home side fell victim to the counter attack and when the ball was released it was Fabregas whose quick thinking and accurate pass found Chamakh who did well first to stay on side before beating the outstretched Hahnemann with an outside of the foot shot.

Wolves may feel hard done to with this result but Arsenal were simply more clinical. Credit to has to go to the Jekyll and Hyde goalkeeper Fabianski who today was fantastic in the Arsenal goal and the away side can also be glad that Fabregas did not see red for a clumsy challenge.

Starting XI

21 Fabianski

3 Sagna – 18 Squillaci – 20 Djourou – 22 Clichy

7 Rosicky – 19 Wilshere – 4 Fabregas- 17 Song- 23 Arshavin

29 Chamakh


67- 19 Denilson on for 19 Wilshere

90+5 – 8 Nasri on for 23 Arshavin

90+5 – 52 Bendtner on for 29 Chamakh

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