Henrikh Mkhitaryan saves Arsenal

November 12, 2018

Arsenal stretched out their unbeaten run to 16 games. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s late equalizer rescued a 1-1 draw with Wolves. Ivan Cavaleiro exploited a mistake made by Granit Xhaka to put Wolves ahead in the thirteenth minute. Arsenal were unimpressive and it seemed as though they were setting out toward their first defeat. Since August 18, they didn’t lost the match. However, things went even bad in this match. Particularly after Aubameyang missed a brilliant chance in the 73rd minute – that doesn’t happen very often. In any case, substitute Mkhitaryan leveled in the 86th minute with a cross that twisted into the far corner.

van Cavaleiro scores in 13th minute

Source: (EPA) via Independent

Player ratings:

Arsenal: Leno (8), Bellerin (7), Holding (6), Mustafi (6), Kolasinac (6), Torreira (6), Xhaka (5), Iwobi (5), Ozil (5), Aubameyang (5), Lacazette (5)

Subs: Guendouzi (5), Ramsey (5), Mkhitaryan (6)

Wolves: Rui Patricio (6), Bennett (6), Coady (7), Boly (7), Doherty (6), Joao Moutinho (6), Neves (6), Jonny (6), Helder Costa (7), Jimenez (6), Ivan Cavaleiro (7)

Subs: Jota (5), Traore (5), Gibbs-White (5)

Man of the match: Bernd Leno


Manager’s thoughts

Unai Emery said: “We knew that they were a competitive team. And they made us take a lot of risks when we were drawing and conceding chances. So we are not happy with the point, but we have to recognize that they worked very well. Maybe [starting slow is] one thing we can improve but that comes naturally in our work,” Emery comments on the game. “The team played with character and we had chances to draw before our goal. We also continued to look for ways to create and to win the game but then we drew. In the last five or 10 minutes, we had the same idea with the risk but also thinking to win.”

Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves manager said: “Coming to the Emirates and playing the way we have played, we should be proud. We need to speak among ourselves about what was not possible to achieve. There is a clear improvement, better defense, creating many chances and keep on working. Even when Arsenal equalized, the best chances were ours and they asked the referee for more time. If we had more time maybe we would have been better.”