Arsenal sink Wolves with late winner

English Premier League

Arsenal struck late in the second to secure a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League action on Thursday evening.

Forward Gabriel Martinelli was the Gunners only change from Saturday’s win over Brentford City, with Emile Smith Rowe sacrificed after he struggled with an illness.

Arsenal didn’t have an easy start as Wolves were ahead on six minutes through a clever finish in the area from Romain Saiss, but fortunately for the host the flag went up for offside.

There was no stopping Wolves four minutes later after a back-pass from Gabriel Magalhaes to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale found Hwang Hee-chan, who rounded Ramsdale for an easy finish.

Wolves should’ve been two goals to the good three minutes later when Raul Jimenez took on a well-measured pass from Daniel Podence and went clear with Ramsdale only to go wide.

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Arsenal began to see advanced territories and a lot of possession too and nearly equalised when a cutback in the area by Alexandre Lacazette moments apart met Martinelli who scooped over.

With no substitutions following the restart, Bruno Lage’s men should’ve been two goals up off a reverse pass to Chan from a clever off-the-ball run in the area but he was parried.

Wolves kept matters tight in both defence and attack, as the Gunners targeted a way back with the introduction of Nicolas Pepe on 71 minutes for Martinelli.

This entry paid off ten minutes later when Pepe turned goal-wards off a low pass right of the area by Eddie Nketiah to fire in from the smartest of angles.

However, Wolves almost regained the lead with five minutes to go from a surging into the area but Pedro Neto fired wide before Martin Odegaard flashed the upright at the other end.

Arsenal snatched the winner at the death after Lacazette got in from a tight angle in the area to beat Jose Sa with a snap finish and let the host to victory.

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