A first-half blitz from giant killers Wolverhampton Wanderers saw off the ill-prepared slobs of Arsenal.
Just another day at the office for Wolves who dispatched Arsenal in relatively easy fashion with goals from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota.
The visitors were gifted the opening opportunity of the game after Willy Boly gave away possession in a dangerous position. Fortunately for the home fans, it was Henrikh Mkhitaryan who collected the ball, and the Armenian duly wasted the chance by ballooning an effort way over the bar.
Matt Doherty set up Joao Moutinho for the Wolves’ first real chance, the little Portuguese maestro unable to create the necessary curl to find his target.
Raul Jimenez could have netted the first of the game following a Ryan Bennett throw and Boly flick on combination, but that honour went to Ruben Neves. Nacho Monreal’s cynical foul on Jonny set up the perfect situation for the midfielder to add to his collection of worldies with a whipped free-kick effort.
Wolves doubled their lead on the 37-minute mark and Jonny involved again, this time with a sumptuous curled cross, which the ever-so-impressive Doherty met to head past Leno.
The hosts added to Arsenal’s misery just before the halftime whistle, to essentially put the game out of reach. Arsenal gave the ball away to the last man they would have wanted, Diogo Jota, and the forward did the rest; past Sokratis, outpacing Mkhitaryan then cannoning a shot firmly under Leno.
The second-half was a mixed bag. Wolves could have put themselves four up after the break, but Jota was unable to convert from close-range, before Jimenez failed to capitalise minutes later on an opportunity from wide right.
Arsenal did manage to find a goal, but it was merely a conciliation. Seventh place for Wolves, commiserations to the Gunners.
It is genuinely hard to pick out a single player in such an incredible team performance. However, on this occasion, we have got to give credit to Jonny Otto.
The Spaniard has been sensational all season and his defensive efforts have been particularly noteworthy, but it was his offensive game that really got us licking our lips last night, in what was probably his best performance in a Wolves shirt.
He was brought down to create the first goal and his cross for the second was out of this world. Could well have made it a hat-trick of assists if it was not for Jimenez ballooning over his opportunity from a promising position.
The £15million Wolves paid to make his signing permanent is beginning to look like a steal.
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