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  1. Bendtner keeps Arsenal in hunt

    Bendtner keeps Arsenal in hunt

    Arsenal closed the gap on second-placed Manchester United thanks to an injury-time winner by Nicklas Bendtner in a 1-0 win over Wolves. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • 90'+7 There it is! All over at the Emirates and Arsenal nick it at the death!
    • 90'+7 It's going to be two as Arsenal break - it's four on two... Walcott plays it inside to Denilson, who is forced to cut inside and his shot is blocked!
    • 90'+6 What a heartbreaker for Wolves! But what joy for Arsenal!
    • 90'+5 GOAL! BENDTNER SCORES! AND ARSENAL WIN IT! You could have scripted it! Incredible! The Dane rises to meet Sagna's cross to head past Hahnemann!
    • 90'+2 WALCOTT! NO! He stabs the ball wide of the mark after having been played in by Nasri! That could be it!
    • 89' Two minutes of added time to be played... time running out for Arsenal to grab a late winner!
    • 86' Here goes Walcott on the Arsenal right... his cross is deflected up into the air... but a backpeddling Hahnemann claims!
    • 83' Jarvis heads off and is replaced by Ward for the final seven minutes...
    • 80' Into the final 10 minutes... do Arsenal have what it takes to break Wolves down?
    • 79' Another Arsenal change now as Vela replaces Eduardo.
    • 79' Arsenal break from the corner and Mancienne comes across to topple Walcott, who is in full flight! Yellow for the Wolves defender!
    • 78' Wolves break and Jarvis deliers a dangerous ball to the near post where Campbell is forced to put behind!
    • 76' Rosicky! But again Hahnemann is equal to his effort, a stabbed shot from around the penalty area!
    • 73' Bendtner heads on target! But Hahnemann is there to claim as Arsenal continue to be frustrated!
    • 71' Here comes Nasri... and off goes Song...
    • 70' Edwards on for Jones and Keogh for Doyle as Wolves make a double change...
    • 68' ROSICKY! Arsenal again denied by Hahnemann who make a point blank stop!
    • 66' Henry goes in from behind on Rosicky... Arsenal don't like that one... and he's off! Wolves down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes!
    • 64' Here comes Bendtner... for Eboue.
    • 64' Jarvis brings down Walcott, rather cynically, and he earns a booking for his troubles...
    • 63' But not before Wolves take a free-kick... JONES! Oooh! Not a bad effort, but well saved by Almunia!
    • 62' It's going to be Arsenal who make the first change of the game, as Bendtner strips off on the sidelines...
    • 61' Wolves now with a rare bit of poessession in the Arsenal half... but the Gunners soon reclaim the ball and come forward once again.
    • 59' Rosicky lets fly on target! But Hahnemann is equal to it! Arsenal's pressure is growing!
    • 58' Arsenal are all over Wolves, but the visitors are holding firm for the time being...
    • 56' No they're not... Keogh has put his training top back on and will wait to make his entrance.
    • 55' Wolves are going to make a change now...
    • 54' EDUARDO! Ooh! As the ball loops up into the air, he spins around and connects with a volley! But it's wide of the mark and Wolves survive again!
    • 53' Arsenal are all over Wolves at the moment, but still they can't find a way though and it remains goalless...
    • 51' Walcott gets forward again well... but again his final ball is poor and straight to a golden shirt!
    • 50' Walcott again involved, this time his ball into the box is a great one, but no one is there to finish it off!
    • 47' Arsenal win an early corner in the second half through Walcott...
    • 46' Back underway at the Emirates!
    • 45'+2 There goes the half-time whistle and Arsenal head into the dressing room largely frustrated... it's goalless at the break!
    • 45' Three minutes of added time to be played...
    • 44' Cracking corner from Jones that Almunia has to deal with at his near post!
    • 44' Zubar takes on Silvestre and he wins a corner for Wolves just before half-time!
    • 43' Walcott's back on his feet now and is fit to carry on for the time being.
    • 42' Walcott goes down under a challenge by Henry... and he stays down... surely not another injury for Arsene Wenger to deal with?
    • 40' Here come Wolves on a rare sortie in Arsenal territory... but Doyle is flagged offside.
    • 37' Ooh! Silvestre! He's denied by Hahnemann after a first-time effort from a pull-back at the by-line!
    • 34' Here come Arsenal again... Walcott gets the ball to Eduardo, who lays it off for Rosicky who drags his shot wide of the post!
    • 33' Rosicky lashes an effort way over the bar as a bit of frustration sets in for Arsenal...
    • 32' Sol Campbell is out of position now and Wolves can break... but that's a terrible pass by Jarvis and the move breaks down before it has even got going really...
    • 30' Wolves seem content to sit back and allow Arsenal to come on to them... they do it again now but Walcott's cross evades everyone and goes out of play at the far post.
    • 29' Rosicky and Walcott link up well but again the latter's final ball lets him down.
    • 27' Jarvis has to change his boots here... and Wovles are down to 10 for the time being...
    • 25' Twenty-five minutes gone and Wolves are holding firm so far...
    • 23' Walcott! Oooh! That's a decent effort from Walcott on the half volley from the edge of the box! But Hahnemann is equal to the shot... again!
    • 21' It's rolled to Vermaelen... but his effort sails well over the bar and into the Wolves fans behind the goal...
    • 20' Henry is then penalised for a foul on Eduardo, and Arsenal have a free-kick right on the edge of the box...
    • 19' Eboue feeds Walcott before going for the return pass... but his control lets him down and Wolves clear their lines - albeit briefly.
    • 17' Arsenal should really be ahead here... but they're showing a lack of class in front of goal in the absence of Nicklas Bendtner... and weirdly, that's not a joke!
    • 16' EBOUE! Oh dear! His backheel simply hits his other foot and Wolves survive another scare! That opportunity again stemmed from the right hand side, with Walcott playing in Sagna, who slid the ball across to Eboue...
    • 15' Walcott now gets behind Elokobi and his delivery into the middle isn't bad, but Hahnemann dives in to claim!
    • 14' Despite the seven changes made by Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have started brightly...
    • 13' Ooh! Another chance for Arsenal! This time it's Sagna who's played in on goal! But his stabbed effort is well saved by Hahnemann!
    • 11' EDUARDO! MUST BE! NO! WHAT A MISS! Great work by Rosicky on the Arsenal right to tee up the chance, but the Croatian pokes miserably wide!
    • 10' Oooh! Cracking effort by Mancienne! He skips forward before it opens up for him! His effort drifts wide of the mark!
    • 9' Arsenal can cut the gap on second-placed Manchester United to a single point with victory today following the champion's defeat to Chelsea at Old Trafford. Man Utd 1-2 Chelsea
    • 8' Wolves with a free-kick, 25 yards out, but they make a hash of it, as Jones, Mancienne and Henry fail to fashion either a shot on goal or a decisive pass...
    • 7' Walcott already showing he may be a handful for the Wolves backline today...
    • 6' Ooh! What a save by Hehnemann to deny Eduardo a certain goal! Walcott is the architect, jinking inside and out before centring for the Croatian striker, whose first-time effort on goal is repelled by a big hand from the American!
    • 5' Vermaelen mops up some slight danger before Arsenal come downfield again with Eboue...
    • 4' Decent enough start by the Gunners though!
    • 3' Walcott runs at Berra but as he gets past him, his control lets him down and his attempted shot fires into the crowd behind Hahnemann's goal!
    • 2' Arsenal repel an early Wolves free-kick, before Eboue breaks downfield... but his ball across to Walcott is overhit and nothing comes of it.
    • 1' Here we go! Underway at a sunny Emirates!
    • - Wolves boss Mick McCarthy sticks with the side that has serves him well in recent weeks.
    • - So, Theo Walcott returns for Arsenal while Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre Denilson, Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo all play.
    • - And today's referee is Andre Marriner (W Midlands).
    • - Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Edwards, Keogh, Ward, Iwelumo, Milijas, Guedioura
    • - The teams are in... Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Eboue, Song, Denilson, Walcott, Eduardo, Rosicky. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Nasri, Vela, Clichy, Eastmond, Bendtner
    • - Wolves are in good form - they are unbeaten in their last four league matches, equalling their longest ever run in the Premier League. If they avoid defeat today it will be their longest in the top flight in over 28 years, since a five-match streak in old Division One from October to November 1981.
    • - If Wolves win today they will have beaten their points total from their only previous season. In 2003-04, they finished bottom of the table with 33 points - they currently have 32 points from their 32 matches this season.
    • - The Gunners are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches. Lost two of their last 19 league matches - against Chelsea and Manchester United.
    • - Arsenal won only three of their final six Premier League matches of last season, picking up 11 points. By contrast, both Manchester United and Chelsea were unbeaten in their final six matches in 2008-09, winning 16 points each.
    • - Arsenal and Wolves have met 93 times in the league. Arsenal have won 43, Wolves 26 and there have been 24 draws.
    • - That 2-2 draw left its mark on the Gunners and they are without Cesc Fabregas, Andrei Arshavin and William Gallas for the visit of Mick McCarthy's side.
    • - Arsenal play host to Wolves hoping to shrug off the effects of midweek's bruising encounter with Barcelona in the Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 90'+7 It's going to be two as Arsenal break - it's four on two... Walcott plays it inside to Denilson, who is forced to cut inside and his shot is blocked!
    • 90'+5 GOAL! BENDTNER SCORES! AND ARSENAL WIN IT! You could have scripted it! Incredible! The Dane rises to meet Sagna's cross to head past Hahnemann!
    • 90'+2 WALCOTT! NO! He stabs the ball wide of the mark after having been played in by Nasri! That could be it!
    • 76' Rosicky! But again Hahnemann is equal to his effort, a stabbed shot from around the penalty area!
    • 73' Bendtner heads on target! But Hahnemann is there to claim as Arsenal continue to be frustrated!
    • 68' ROSICKY! Arsenal again denied by Hahnemann who make a point blank stop!
    • 66' Henry goes in from behind on Rosicky... Arsenal don't like that one... and he's off! Wolves down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes!
    • 63' But not before Wolves take a free-kick... JONES! Oooh! Not a bad effort, but well saved by Almunia!
    • 59' Rosicky lets fly on target! But Hahnemann is equal to it! Arsenal's pressure is growing!
    • 44' Cracking corner from Jones that Almunia has to deal with at his near post!
    • 37' Ooh! Silvestre! He's denied by Hahnemann after a first-time effort from a pull-back at the by-line!
    • 34' Here come Arsenal again... Walcott gets the ball to Eduardo, who lays it off for Rosicky who drags his shot wide of the post!
    • 23' Walcott! Oooh! That's a decent effort from Walcott on the half volley from the edge of the box! But Hahnemann is equal to the shot... again!
    • 16' EBOUE! Oh dear! His backheel simply hits his other foot and Wolves survive another scare! That opportunity again stemmed from the right hand side, with Walcott playing in Sagna, who slid the ball across to Eboue...
    • 13' Ooh! Another chance for Arsenal! This time it's Sagna who's played in on goal! But his stabbed effort is well saved by Hahnemann!
    • 11' EDUARDO! MUST BE! NO! WHAT A MISS! Great work by Rosicky on the Arsenal right to tee up the chance, but the Croatian pokes miserably wide!
    • 6' Ooh! What a save by Hehnemann to deny Eduardo a certain goal! Walcott is the architect, jinking inside and out before centring for the Croatian striker, whose first-time effort on goal is repelled by a big hand from the American!
    • - The teams are in... Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Eboue, Song, Denilson, Walcott, Eduardo, Rosicky. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Nasri, Vela, Clichy, Eastmond, Bendtner
    • - Wolves are in good form - they are unbeaten in their last four league matches, equalling their longest ever run in the Premier League. If they avoid defeat today it will be their longest in the top flight in over 28 years, since a five-match streak in old Division One from October to November 1981.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Almunia
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Campbell
      • T. Vermaelen
      • M. Silvestre
      • A. Song Substitution Out (71′)
      • E. Eboué Substitution Out (64′)
      • Denílson
      • T. Walcott
      • T. Rosický
      • E. da Silva Substitution Out (79′)

      Subs

      • G. Clichy
      • S. Nasri Substitution In71′
      • N. Bendtner Substitution In64′ Goal
      • L. Fabianski
      • A. Diaby
      • C. Vela Substitution In79′
      • C. Eastmond
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Hahnemann
      • R. Zubar
      • J. Craddock
      • C. Berra
      • G. Elokobi
      • M. Mancienne Yellow Card
      • K. Henry Red Card
      • D. Jones Substitution Out (70′)
      • K. Foley
      • M. Jarvis Yellow Card Substitution Out (83′)
      • K. Doyle Substitution Out (70′)

      Subs

      • C. Iwelumo
      • W. Hennessey
      • D. Edwards Substitution In70′
      • A. Guédioura
      • A. Keogh Substitution In70′
      • S. Ward Substitution In83′
      • N. Milijaš
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