Wolverhampton Wanderers came back from behind to win 2-1 against Arsenal in a Premier League encounter at the Molineux Stadium.
Goals from Portuguese duo Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho either side of the half time interval guaranteed a first win in nine games for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves outfit, against an Arsenal team who received two red cards and ended the match with nine players.
It was Arsenal who dominated proceedings in the first half of the game. Bukayo Saka had an early goal ruled out for offside by VAR, and the North London outfit hit the woodwork twice before they finally made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute.
Nicolas Pepe received the ball on the left flank, and then went past Nelson Semedo and nutmegged Ruben Neves to unleash a strike with his weaker right foot, to give Arsenal the lead in the game.
It was in the second minute of first-half stoppage time when Pedro Neto sent Willian José through on goal, and the Brazilian striker was brought down by David Luiz inside the penalty box. Craig Pawson awarded a penalty to Wolves and decided that the contact was enough to sanction a sending off, as Ruben Neves made the score level from the spot.
The teams entered the half time break at 1-1, before Joao Moutinho’s incredible strike from distance early in the second half doubled Wolves’ advantage. The Portuguese midfielder went for goal from the best part of 30 yards out and beat Bernd Leno in goal to send Wolves into a 2-0 lead in the 49th minute.
There was more drama to follow, as Arsenal’s misery was soon to be added to. Bernd Leno rushed out of his goal to clear a long pass in the 72nd minute: but the German shot-stopper horribly misjudged the flight of the ball, and ended up handling the ball outside his penalty area. The referee gave Leno the marching orders immediately, issuing the second red card of the night for deliberate handball, and went on to ensure that Arsenal finished the game with nine men.
It was Wolves’ first win in their last nine attempts in the Premier League, as they go fourteenth on the league standings: while Mikel Arteta’s Gunners remain in the tenth position on the table.
Check out the highlights below –
Post-match interview: Nuno Espirito Santo
🗣"When we say about raising our standards, it is because our standards are high"— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 2, 2021
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo talks about his side getting back to winning ways pic.twitter.com/h1JhC9TUJK
Post-match interview: Mikel Arteta
🗣 "I've seen the replay 10 times in 5 different angles, I can't see any contact."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 2, 2021
Mikel Arteta is not happy with the decision to send off David Luiz pic.twitter.com/usYjyRkC7z