After a brilliant goal from Ivan Cavaleiro which capitalised on an Arsenal mistake, Wolves actually looked the favourites to take all three points but were scuppered in the 86th minute when Mkhitaryan scored a late equaliser. After a run of three defeats, and some bad luck in the game against Spurs, it is refreshing to be able to say Wolves played well and what should be seen as a deserved draw felt more like two points lost. Also, sitting comfortably in 11th place in the Premier League table going into the next international break is a good position to be in. It’s time now for us to go and look at the statistics from the game.
Ending the Slump
Wolves have come out of their losing slump fighting and despite only having 29% of the possession, they were the team who should have won. Overall, they had 13 shots which was three more than Arsenal, and five of those were on target in comparison to Arsenal’s three. It is also interesting to note that Cavaleiro’s opening goal was the first time Wolves have taken the lead against Arsenal in a Premier League match.
When we look at the number of corners Wolves only had two whereas Arsenal had 11. With Wolves only having 292 passes with 71% accuracy and Arsenal having 734 passes with 87% accuracy, it is incredible that Wolves managed to put so much pressure on them with so little time on the ball. With Bernd Leno keeping Arsenal in the game on a number of occasions, he was their best player on the pitch. He kept out a number of Wolves’ efforts and helped keep Wolves’ goal tally at one.
Seeing Wolves back to their normal selves was a breath of fresh air and seeing them compete against those teams in the top six is exciting. Some other interesting statistics from the match are that Wolves won more duels and aerials, and had three big chances during the match, two of which they missed. They also had a cracking effort from Gibbs-White, thunder off the crossbar and sadly land the wrong side of the goal line.
After three losses on the bounce, it feels good to say that Wolves have finally managed to get back on track before the international break. With Huddersfield up next back on home turf, they should be feeling much more confident and looking to take all three points.
Wolves have now drawn 1-1 against three of the top six and gave Spurs a massive run for their money. This is so encouraging to see and I just hope the team won’t have such a hard time finding their feet after this international break.