Wolves suffered a frustrating 2-1 loss against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. A late strike from Alexander Lacazette that was glanced into the net by Wolves Keeper Jose Sa sealed the win for Arsenal. Let us look at the Wolves’ player ratings and how they performed.
The match started excellently for the Wolves as Hwang latched on to a terrible back pass from Gabriel. The South Korean gave the Wolves the lead in the 10th minute of the game. Wolves had held on to the scoreline until the 82nd minute when Nicolas Pepe managed to convert from close range. It was late into extra time when Jose Sa deflected Lacazette’s effort into his own net. That completed Arsenal’s comeback in what will be a massive win for them.
As for Wolves, this is a setback that has surely dented their top 4 hopes now. They remain 7th, 2 points behind West Ham and having played a game less. Bruno Lage’s side will hope to put this disappointing result behind them and look ahead as they have West Ham next. Another six-pointer game for them.
WOLVES PLAYER RATINGS
Jose Sa 6.5
The goalkeeper made a few good stops, but nothing out of the ordinary. He couldn’t have done much about Pepe’s equaliser and appeared distraught after Lacazette found a way past him in stoppage time.
Nelson Semedo 8
Semedo was enjoying a very solid game before it was ended by injury shortly before the hour mark. The defender thwarted Martinelli in the first minute and managed to keep the dangerous Brazilian under wraps for most of the evening, whilst getting forward to support his attacking teammates.
Max Kilman 7
Kilman showed his class at times against a lively Arsenal attack. There were also moments when he played a little bit too much and gave the ball away, but Wolves’ problems came down the other side in fairness.
Conor Coady 8
The defender put in a solid performance on the night, with a series of timely interceptions and blocks to thwart the Gunners before their late show. Coady’s last-man tackle to deny Saka a shot at goal in the first half was absolutely superb.
Romain Saiss 6.5
Saiss produced a great block to thwart Odegaard in the first half and helped Wolves get to grips with Saka after half-time. But he was spun by Pepe for Arsenal’s first goal and Lacazette’s goal also came on Saiss’s side.
Rayan Ait-Nouri 7
He found it tough up against Saka, but Ait-Nouri did make an impact going forward. He made a lung-busting run to set up a chance for Neto just after Arsenal had equalised.
Ruben Neves 7
The Portuguese playmaker had to do a lot of running in an end-to-end contest, particularly in the first half and would have wanted more control of the ball. He plugged away in midfield, despite being outnumbered, but failed to gain complete control of a crazy game.
Joao Moutinho 7
Moutinho looked to slow things down a lot and rejected the chance to play forward in the second half. He was trying to manage the game, but Wolves paid the price for not killing it.
Daniel Podence 8
Podence created some really good chances for Jimenez that weren’t taken and caused Arsenal constant problems while he was on the field.
Raul Jimenez 6.5
It wasn’t the return to The Emirates Jimenez was hoping for. He missed a couple of gilt-edged chances in the first half and faded as the game wore on.
Hwang Hee-chan 7
The 26-year-old made the perfect return to the starting XI with a goal inside 10 minutes. In addition to his goal, Hwang worked tirelessly for the team to justify his selection.
WOLVES SUBSTITUTES PLAYER RATINGS
Jonny Otto Castro 6
Given a very tough assignment against Saka in his comeback game.
Pedro Neto 6
Had a great chance to win it late on but Gabriel blocked his shot.
Leander Dendoncker N/A Did not have enough minutes to impact the game.
Not used: Ruddy, Toti, Marcal, Cundle, Trincao, Silva
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