Mikel Arteta will be very pleased with the continuous form of young Arsenals. Saka’s goal was taken wonderfully, while Eddie Nketiah could have scored a few moments before hitting the post. Additionally, Arsenal have successfully contained the air threat from Raul Jimenez as well as any camp has successfully attempted since the restart. The defensive line, for the most part, was compact and solid. Another reason to celebrate is that the away team successfully closed the win.
Sometimes attackers have struggled to provide an outlet for defenders. People like David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi urged Arsenal attackers to run, sometimes to no avail. With a little more movement, the Gunners could have created a host of more opportunities. Cedric Soares also seemed to have a touch of rhythm, although he was instrumental in Saka’s opening goal.
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Manager rating out of 10
8 – Arteta organized her team very well to contain the threats of attack by the Wolves, with two assiduous wingers included from the start who both know how to defend themselves. Arsenal was not too keen to squeeze the Wolves as the game progressed, which worked well in terms of space denial for Jimenez and Traore. In addition, Arteta’s substitutes, unlike the previous weeks, were well judged, Lacazette caught the second very important goal.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players presented after 70 minutes receive no ratings)
GK Emiliano Martinez, 7 – Was strong in denying a lively Traore from the start. The Argentinian cork looked assured throughout.
DF David Luiz, 7 – The passing range of the Brazilian was excellent and he managed to make several good interceptions. Sometimes, his tackle was suspect, like a reckless tackle in the first half on Traoré, which earned him a yellow card.
DF Shkodran Mustafi, 7 – Led the rear line well, stepping out if necessary while maintaining position discipline. The German distribution is also solid.
DF Sead Kolasinac, 7 – Works well on the left side of a three back. His power and increased speed also seemed to help his defensive partners, whom he bailed out a few times.
MF Cedric Soares, 6 – It took a while to get into the game, which was his first start to the season for Arsenal. The former Southampton defender looked rusty but improved steadily over the match.
MF Kieran Tierney, 7 – Arrested Traore to avoid being beaten for rhythm. This sometimes allowed the Wolves to advance too much space, but his contribution – including an assist for Saka’s goal – was very good.
MF Granit Xhaka, 7 – Worked hard without the ball while still being effective when in possession. Made one or two unnecessary mistakes in the second half.
MF Dani Ceballos, 6 – Lost too much possession in dangerous areas. He worked hard, but defending his own penalty area is not the Spaniard’s greatest strength.
FW Bukayo Saka, 8 – When the game threatened to descend into a training exercise, it was the 18-year-old who intervened to produce a moment of magic for Arsenal. His first effort from Tierney’s deviated cross was the perfect way for Saka to celebrate an exceptional new contract.
FW Eddie Nketiah, 7 – A mixed evening for Nketiah, who hit the foot of the post in the first half after catching Patrico with an early shot. However, he often incurred Mustafi’s anger for not having done enough smart racing behind the Wolves’ defensemen.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 7 – Before the opening of Saka, the 31-year-old looked like the keenest striker in Arsenal, having presented a handful of neat touches and clever tracks. For the second league game in progress, he linked well with Tierney on the left side.
MF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 6 – Replaced Tierney just before time. The English international under 21 did not do better than the Scots against the very gifted Traore.
FW Joe Willock, 7 – Replaced Saka, but was unable to influence play to the same extent, after a shot was made late in the line.
FW Alexandre Lacazette, 7 – Makes an instant and decisive impact, scoring beautifully with five minutes remaining to seal the three points.
MF Lucas Torreira, N / R – Did a great job of harassing Wolves midfielders late.
MF Hector Bellerin N / R – Was introduced too late to have a noticeable impact.