Miserable Arsenal performance sees their top four hopes damaged with just three games remaining. Oh, Arsenal.
It is never an easy place to go, Molineux, but the Gunners made things look ten times harder than normal with a truly dismal first-half display.
Fans may argue that the Gunners started off the game relatively well, pinning back the hosts into their half with some confidence passages of passing play.
Not too long ago Arsenal were generally criticised for passing the ball around with little to no penetration, and for good reason – it was useless without an end product. As we found out last night.
Moutinho fired in a warning shot just wide of Bernd Leno’s post, the German sprawling for the papers as he watched it curl around his post. Raul Jimenez probably should have opened the scoring with a poked effort over the bar, before Ruben Neves took the game by the scruff of the neck and unleashed a wonder strike past the helpless Arsenal stopper.
Alexandre Lacazette created an opportunity for himself shortly after but fired desperately high and wide of the target. Wolves were on the lookout, and ready to capitalise on the visitor’s wastefulness.
Matt Doherty doubled the hosts advantage on the 37-minute mark after meeting a delicious ball from full-back Jonny to head, before the ever-so-impressive Jota made his mark on the game moments before the halftime whistle.
The onus was on Arsenal to attack now as Wolves sat back and waited to hit them on the break.
Sokratis grabbed his third of the season with a powerful header late into the game, but no one was convinced that the Gunners could mount a successful comeback. And we were all proven right.
Big disappointment for fans.
On a day where no one performed to a particularly high standard, or any standard at all for that matters, the rotten veg well and truly deserves to be thrown in the face of Bernd Leno.
The German stopper had been fairly consistent up until last night’s match, but all came crashing down in the most fantastic of ways.
The £19.3million man was left stranded by Ruben Neves’ free-kick which, we admit, was a glorious strike – so he could probably be forgiven. But his weak efforts to deny Matt Doherty for the second and Diogo Jota’s third will be incredibly worrying for fans who desperately need some steel between the sticks heading into such a critical part of the season.
Arsenal fans, would you agree that this was one of Leno’s worst performances in an Arsenal jersey? Let us know in the comments below…
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