Should I be impressed ? Wolves 0-3 Arsenal FCPosted: April 12, 2012
What will I say about this match ?
What can I say about a match in which a team almost beats another team which looked lost from the beginning. Is it an accomplishment ?
I am disappointed at Arsenal for not killing this game off in the first half and for letting it roll on for 70 odd minutes. The intensity with which they started the game was nowhere to be seen after the second goal. I don’t know what Wenger said at half time but Arsenal were poor in the second half. Allowing a 10 man Wolves to even get at them seemed out of the question. And yet, they were doing it.
The game looked over from the first minute and it was not even confirmed 7 mins later when Wolves were reduced to 10 men.
The incident took place at the end of a quick move from Arsenal when Walcott played a quick 1-2 with Van Persie before entering the box and being brought down by Bassong. The latter saw red and Molinuex witnessed Van Persie pick up his 34th goal of the season with a delightful straight dink into the net.
3 mins later, the duo of Van Persie and Walcott again stole the limelight as another 1-2 between them split the Wolves defense with the latter side-footing one beyond Hennessey to make it 2.
The tempo at which Arsenal were playing seemed a bit too high for Wolves, who looked out of sorts.
On 22, Wolves should have got one back when Djourou failed to defend a simply corner with Doyle out-jumping him. I have always said that Djourou is sometimes inept at defending against his man and this again proves it.
Just before halftime it should have been 3 for Arsenal but for Walcott who, instead of playing a square low ball to his left to an unmarked Van Persie chose to shoot the ball over the cross-bar.
On 54, Arteta made a darting run into the box before squaring a ball to Van Persie, who slashed his shot left of Hennessey’s goal.
On the hour mark, Szczesny pulled out a world class save to deny Wolves their first goal. Complacency crept into this Arsenal side as they allowed a Wolves side with 10 men to bully them. This was evident with the number of runs made beyond our so called left back Andre Santos. Low balls were always fired across Szczesny’s goal with no Wolves taking the initiative to finish.
On 68, it was 3. Van Persie dispossessed Milijas a little ahead of the centre before playing a ball to Song. The Cameroonian swayed left, turned around and rolled a quick pass to Benayoun, who on his second touch lashed a low drive right of a static Hennessey.
Arsenal held most of the possession after the goal. This was evident because that goal actually did knock the stuffing out of them. With 10 mins to go, Ramsey had his shot blocked by Hennessey.
With 3 mins of time added on Wolves tried their best to snatch atleast one goal to help their goal difference.
Fortunately, they failed.