Wolverhampton Wanderers – Arsenal: Exposing His Fragile Backline Proved Costly For Emery (3-1)
Arsenal’s defensive woes continued in a defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite having the balance of play in their favor for the majority of the game and dominating possession, Arsenal saw themselves three goals down by half-time. They ended up losing three important points in the top four race. Arsenal were poor at both ends of the field and prepared their own undoing by a series of mistakes that led to Wolves’ goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Cem Soylu.
Wolves continued their brilliant run of results against the top six teams this season with yet another win, this time against Arsenal. Their two most recent Premier League games against big sides, Chelsea and Manchester United, were mostly gritty performances that primarily focused on a solid defense and ruthless finishing at the other end. This game was a similar case – Wolves only had 29 percent possession and 0.93 total expected goals, but they took their chances and denied Arsenal of goalscoring opportunities.
Wolves started their best eleven in their accustomed 3-5-2 formation, with Leander Dendoncker coming back into the side replacing Morgan Gibbs-White, who had started the last game against Brighton. Arsenal lost Aaron Ramsey to injury and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed out with a sinus procedure, therefore Emery decided to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mesut Özil as a number ten, flanked by Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal in possession – early left-sided dominance
Arsenal dominated possession for the majority of the . . .