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Match Report: Arsenal 1 – 2 Wolves

Arsenal (1) 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) 2

Premier League

Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, London N5 1BU

Sunday, 29th November 2020. Kick-off time: 7.15pm

(4-2-3-1) Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhães, Kieran Tierney; Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka; Willian Borges da Silva, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Substitutes: Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Rúnarsson, Rob Holding, Cédric Soares, Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah.

Scorers: Gabriel (30 mins)

Yellow Cards: Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney

Arsenal Possession Percentage: 56%

Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR Team at Stockley Park: VAR Andre Marriner; AVAR Sian Massey-Ellis

Attendance: A maximum of 300 attendees due to UK government coronavirus restrictions

Okay, let’s not put too fine a point on it, we need to win this match against Wolverhampton Wanderers today, and win well. Our only goal in 476 minutes of Premier League action was against Manchester Untied back on 1st November, and we now have a mere thirteen points after nine matches; historically our lowest points tally after ten Premier League fixtures is fourteen, back in 1992-93 and 1994-95. Let’s go!

The match started off in a lively manner, with the visitors having the best of the early play. After five minutes, there was an extemely bad head clash between David Luiz and Raul Jiminez after an Arsenal corner. David Luiz was patched up and continued with the match, but Raul Jiminez was stretchered off and taken to hospital for concusion assessment. The match continued after ten minutes, with both sides looking flat after the injury to Raul Jiminez, and after a while, we started to play with purpose and desire. Wolves, however, proved difficult to break down and just before the half hour, Pedro Neto opened the scoring for the visitors; their lead did not last long however. Just three minutes’ later, Gabriel levelled the scores with a superb header from a cross via Willian. The goals livened the match up, and a little while later, Bernd Leno was called into action after a Wolves corner, when he saved a strong header from Leander Dendoncker, and this preceeded a period in the match when both sides squandered chances to score. In the ten minutes’ injury time, the visitors took the lead when a shot from Pedro Neto was parried by Bernd Leno, only for the quickness of Daniel Podence to jink the ball past three Arsenal defenders to stroke it into our net. Time and time again we were getting caught out by long balls, not to mention our backs being exposed by Adama Traore and Pedro Neto, with the defence looking stranded at times. Our best chances came when we managed to catch the visitors on the rebound, but as half-time beckoned, we can look upon this half as forty-five minutes of wasted chances.

As expected, Rob Holding replaced David Luiz for the second half, and we started in a lively manner. Arsenal looked better and created one or two good chances in the first five minutes, and as the game levelled out, both sides were trying to find different ways through each others’ defensive systems, which proved more than difficult. Willian went close with a free-kick ten minutes after the restart, and as the match went on, it was becoming obvious that we were getting nowhere, fast. Willian was substituted for Reiss Nelson after sixty-three minutes, and as is often the case after a substitution, the team are lifted by the presence of a new player on the pitch. Some good movement by our chaps outside the Wolves penalty area, saw the ball fall to Reiss Nelson, who blasted it over the bar, and this period in the match saw us create some good chances for ourselves with clever passing movements. With ten minutes of the mtch remaining, Alexandre Lacazette replaced Granti Xhaka in a final attempt to get the equalising goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came extremely close to scoring a superb header, and as we applied pressure on the Wolves goal, our considerable attempts were there for all to see, but it made no difference in the end, despite all our efforts and pressure, for the third Premier League match in a row, we finished a game with nothing to show for all of our hard work.

This match will always be overshadowed by the awful Raul Jiminez injury in the fifth minute, but this aside, it was an extremely disappointing evening for us overall. As much as the play moves well in the midfield areas, there are still question marks at the back, and upfront, in the bread-and-butter Premier League, we are just not firing. What is to be done? Our position in the Premier League is disgraceful for a club of our stature, and somehow Mikel Arteta is going to have to square this circle quickly. We travel to Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday for the first North London derby of the season; heaven forbid for the wheels to come off then, especially there of all places. We pray.

Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as this season is going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Our next match: Rapid Vienna at Allianz Stadion on Thursday, 3rd December at 8.00pm (Europa League). Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.

The Ultimate Arsenal Fan’s Christmas Present List – 2020

The Arsenal Quiz Book – £11.99

During the 1st lock down a Quiz every Friday on Facebook in aid of the NHS charities.

These Questions have been made into a book and again all profits will be to NHS Charities.

VCC Cycling Jersey – £75

So for a long time two friends of the site Dan and johno have been asking to do some cycling wear.

We got together and worked on a design and have been lucky that Le Col have agreed to make these for us.

Le Col is a top end cycle wear company, not only the supplier for Tour team Bahrain Mclaren but also do a range for Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Clock End Wall Clock – £64

The famous Arsenal clock, exclusive made by She Wore Shop.

12″ in diameter, it is ideal for a home bar or office.

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Arsenal: The Complete Record – £18.35

The definitive (and now official) account of Arsenal’s history.

This exhaustive book details every game, campaign, player and manager in the Gunners’ storied history up to and including the 2017/18 season.


Highbury Hoodies – £35

We are the North Bank, we are the North Bank, we are the North Bank Highbury!

Whether you were Clock End or North Bank, East Stand or West, these hoodies are nod to Highbury’s past. Available in 4 different colours.

Hoodies,-,West,Stand,(Grey,Red,Navy+Redcurrent)

 

1989 Art Print (A4 size) – £12

Originally drawn by hand, this print immortalises the greatest moment in Arsenal’s history.

Bruised Banana Print Printed face wrap / snood – £15

Inspired by Arsenal’s classic “bruised banana” kit from the early 90s, these face wraps / snoods are a versatile accessory that can be used as a face shield, headband, bandanna, wristband, or neck warmer.

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Hot Scotch Sauce – £9.50 for 2

Not an Arsenal product, but a product made by Arsenal fan and friend of the site Grampian Gooner.

Hot Scotch Sauce marries the heat of seasonally grown Scottish chillies with the peaty smokiness of the finest Hebridean single malt scotch whisky

The Duo Deal - Hot Scotch Sauce (150 ml) x 2

 

Charlie George Print – £18

Professionally drawn by hand and then printed on high-quality giclee 240gsm matt poster paper. 

They don’t come much more Arsenal than Charlie George.

Sol Campbell Framed & Signed Prints – £145

Signed by Sol Campbell in London in July 2020, these 16 x 12 prints come framed and ready to hang.

The items come with an Allstarsignings certificate of authenticity which will have photographic proof inserted into it and our tamper-proof hologram.

Other signed prints available include Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Charlie George, Frank McLintock, Alan Smith and more!

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Gift Cards – From £10

Still not sure what to buy your loved one?

Get them a She Wore Gift Card and let them pick from hundreds of different items on the shop.

From exclusive prints, signed memorabilia, clothing, cufflinks, facemasks and mugs. Truly Arsenal merchandise designed by Arsenal fans, for Arsenal fans 

Match Report: Molde 0 – 3 Arsenal

Molde FK (0) 0 Arsenal (0) 3

UEFA Europa League, Group B, Matchday 4 of 6

Aker Stadium, Julsundveien 14, 6412 Molde, Norway

Thursday, 26th November 2020. Kick-off time: 5.55pm

(4-2-3-1) Alex Rúnarsson; Cédric Soares, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka; Reiss Nelson, Nicolas Pépé, Eddie Nketiah; Alexandre Lacazette.

Substitutes: Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding, Emile Smith-Rowe, Matt Macey, Folarin Balogun, Ben Cottrell, Karl Hein, Miguel Azeez.

Scorers: Nicolas Pépé (50 mins), Reiss Nelson (55 mins), Folarin Balogun (82 mins)

Arsenal Possession Percentage: 49%

Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia)

Assistant Referees: Senad Ibrisimbegović (Bosnia), Davor Beljo (Bosnia)

Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (Bosnia)

Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (Israel)

Attendance: A minimal amount of attendees (circa 3,000) due to coronavirus restructions

For today’s match in Norway the early signs are good, inasmuch as that we have only been defeated once in our previous fourteen away games in the group stages of a major European competition, which was against FC Cologne back in November 2017. Nicolas Pépé keeps his place in the starting line-up; it is to be remembered that no other Arsenal player has scored more goals (two), made more assists (two), taken more shots (eleven) or created more chances (eight) than he has in the Europa League this season. Interestingly enough, there are some new names among the substitutes tonight; let’s hope that some of our “Young Guns” get the opportunity to shine at some point in the match. Let’s go!

After the obligatory minute’s silence in memory of the late, great Diego Maradona, who passed away yesterday, the match got underway with Arsenal applying pressure immediately on the home side. The game settled down quite well, to be fair, and despite having the run of the early chances, Molde held their own well, under the circumstances. After a Nicolas Pépé wild shot went over the bar following a corner, the home side nearly scored when the ball went loose in our six yard box, just a foot or so from the line, and Sheriff Sinyan’s shot was picked up comfortably by Alex Rúnarsson. After twenty minutes, Nicolas Pépé collected the ball from Granit Xhaka on the halfway line, and run towards the Molde goal. His final attempt was not a million miles away, but the run itself was impressive, and he tried extremely hard to open the scoring. Alexandre Lacazette then wasted a very good chance, and the game started to look rather pedestrian; Reiss Nelson tried to walk the ball into the net to no avail, and as the minutes ticked away from a tepid and uninspiring first half, it became patently obvious to all and sundry that we are going to have to do a lot better in the second half.

For the second half, Rob Holding replaced David Luiz, who was the recipient of a head injury at the end of the first half. The pace of the two teams in this half was certainly quicker, and within three minutes of the restart, Nicolas Pépé was desperately unlucky not to score, when his twenty yard shot bounced off the crossbar. However, it made no difference, as he scored a fabulous goal a couple of minutes later when he collected a ball from Joe Willock on the right side of the penalty area, controlled it, and placed the ball into the top left corner of the net. Fabulous goal. And now we finally started to take control of the match. Eddie Nketiah’s well-taken goal was cancelled out for offside, but shortly afterwards Reiss Nelson made no mistake in scoring our second goal of the night, just ten minutes after the start of the second half when he fired in a shot from close range, after a low, hard cross from Joe Willock. The game started to open up now, with quicker movements both on and off the ball, with chances made and missed. Just after the hour, Dani Ceballos replaced Granit Xhaka, and consolidation became the name of the game now. Alexandre Lacazette was unlucky not to score with a superb right-footed shot, and as the last twenty minutes of the game unfolded, our confidence became apparent. Joe Willock was substituted for Kieran Tierney, whilst young Emile Smith-Rowe replaced Alexandre Lacazette in a double substitution after seventy-six minutes, and the change in formation with the new players suited our style at this stage in the game. Another youngster, Folarin Balogun, replaced Eddie Nketiah, and a less than a minute later, scored his first goal for the club (and our third of the night), when Kieran Tierney crossed a ball from the left to Emile Smith-Rowe, who passed it over to Folarin Balogun, who turned and scored with a superbly well-placed goal. From then onwards, the match was finished, and it was just a matter of time before referee Irfan Peljto blew the whistle and brought proceedings to a close.

The disappointing first half aside, this match showcased our talents throughout the depth of the squad perfectly. We won this match handsomely, we qualified for the next stage of the Europa Cup and our second half performance was as good as any that we have played this season. Nicolas Pépé redeemed himself with a superb performance (and a goal), Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson were fabulous, and the two youngsters which came on as substitutes made an excellent impression on everyone. Less pressure on us for the final two matches in this group, and we can concentrate more on other things. Like the Premier League.

Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as this season is going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Our next match: Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates on Sunday, 29th November at 7.15pm (Premier League).Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.