Saturday February 12, 2011 Day 27 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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  1. Van Persie puts Wolves bottom

    Van Persie puts Wolves bottom

    A brace from Robin van Persie gave Arsenal an easy 2-0 win at home to Wolves, keeping the Gunners four points behind Manchester United. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
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    • 90+3 There's the whistle, Arsenal stay four points behind United and Wolves go bottom!
    • 90+1 Cesc has a pop from range but easy for Hennessey in the end.
    • 90' Three minutes added time beind played.
    • 89' Blake fires over from the penalty spot after great play by Zubar bombing in! Should have done better.
    • 88' Should have been three! Walcott races away on the left and plays a one-two with Chamakh before cutting into the box and, from a goalscoring position, firing straight at Hennessey!
    • 85' It almost seems like Arsenal have declared here. Going through the motions.
    • 83' Arsenal clear the second corner but Wolves still have it as Jarvis flicks it into Hammill in the box but Arsenal clear finally as Cesc gets away, lovely through ball to Walcott, who cuts in and tries a curler but wide of the far post! Classic Arsenal counter.
    • 82' Djourou falls asleep as Szczesny leaves it for him, Koscielny able to clear. Corner. Another corner results as it comes off Djourou and over the bar.
    • 81' It breathes! Wolves attack for once as Fletcher has a pop from the edge of the box but blocked and easily cleared.
    • 80' WOLVES SUB: Fletcher on for Doyle.
    • 78' Arsenal's free-kick is cleared easily enough. Fletcher is getting ready to come on for Wolves.
    • 77' ARSENAL SUB: Denilson on for Wilshere, who gets a standing ovation.
    • 76' Actually it went for a throw in the end. Wolves manage to clear and Jarvis gets away but is offside.
    • 75' Bendtner with his good side, cutting inside from the left and unleashing a rasping shot that Zubar blocks for a corner.
    • 74' Bendtner takes his eye off the ball and Doyle almost gets in but Koscielny clears.
    • 73' A short free-kick routine transpires to be wasteful for Arsenal as Wolves get the ball back.
    • 72' ARSENAL SUB: Another attacking change as Chamakh comes on, for Arshavin I think.
    • 72' ARSENAL SUB: Van Persie won't be risked further and self-proclaimed world-class striker Nicklas Bendtner comes on.
    • 71' Walcott with a shimmy and a run inside before Ebanks-Blake hauls him down.
    • 70' Walcott races away down the right and clips a low cross in that lands just behind Song and Wolves clear!
    • 68' Clichy so late on Jarvis it's almost off the ball. Not a heavy one though so just a free-kick.
    • 67' Walcott lays it off for Clichy but that's a poor ball, sailing out for a goal kick.
    • 66' OptaJean is in for the usual Joe today: "Theo Walcott's 4 assists in the Premier League in 2011 have all been for Robin van Persie. Combo."
    • 65' Stearman dilly dallies and Van Persie nearly punishes him but there was a push says the ref.
    • 63' WOLVES SUB: Ebanks-Blake also comes on, for Milijas, as Wolves go to a more orthodox 4-4-2.
    • 63' WOLVES SUB: O'Hara is replaced by Foley.
    • 62' Arshavin with a long ball that finds Van Persie advanced on the left, he lets it drop and bounce but hammers the half-volley well wide in the end.
    • 61' Superb tackle from Wilshere but then Clichy ruins the good work by giving it away - Song to the rescue clears from Zubar. Arsenal break and Arshavin on the charge finds Fabregas who has two chances to shoot but is closed down each time, it breaks to Walcott on the right but on the stretch he can't connect properly!
    • 60' Van Persie is okay, relief for Arsenal. He is so good but so fragile and this is an impressive run for him.
    • 59' Van Persie is hobbling after a trip from Elokobi...
    • 57' Two nil! Arsenal slice them apart on the break, a super ball by Fabregas to set Walcott scuttling clear, what pace too and he slides it inside to Van Persie who rifles a low drive past Hennessey. Wolves cut in two by Cesc's guile and Theo's pace.
    • 56' JUST WIDE BY ARSHAVIN! A clever half-volley after a super first touch on the edge of the D, it beats the flying dive of the keeper but also the post.
    • 55' Arshavin over to Theo, now RvP but he fails to finds Cesc running in and Wolves clear. One-way traffic here.
    • 54' Arshavin almost puts Van Persie through but intercepted by Stearman.
    • 53' Fabregas takes Walcott's ball on the chest but Stearman is glued to him and he can't get the shot away.
    • 52' Arshavin with a breathtaking run down the left but his cut-back for Van Persie is cleared by Stearman just as he was set to pull the trigger!
    • 51' Arsenal almost slice their way in again but good defending from Wolves to clear.
    • 50' Henry has a little hack at Wilshere, just letting him know he's there.
    • 48' Again Arsenal spurn a super chance! Wilshere again leading the way, a super run into the right side of the box but Song is denied by Stearman who would score an own goal but for a super save by Hennessey, before Cesc smacks the rebound yards over.
    • 47' WHAT A MISS BY WALCOTT! Oh deary deary me, he had the goal at his mercy but put it past the right-hand post after a mesmerising run from Wilshere, who cut in from the left and beat four men to set his England pal up. Shocker.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+1 Half-time and it's 1-0 to Arsenal, but Wayne Hennessey in the Wolves goal has kept it respectable.
    • 45+1 GREAT SAVE HENNESSEY AGAIN! Arshavin and Song combined to send Van Persie clear and, from the left-hand edge of the six-yard box, he drilled a nice low finish across the keeper, who stuck out his left boot and flicked it over the bar!
    • 45+1 Walcott with a super run down the right, getting well clear of Berra before sending a near-post cross at the flying Van Persie but good defending from Stearman to stick to him and the ball bounces off the Dutchman's chest and wide for a goal kick.
    • 45' Van Persie to take this corner then and he aims for Koscielny attacking the near post but Wolves clear. Only as far as Cesc, who puts it back in but in a scrappy interlude the away side can get it clear. They break too as Hammill finds Zubar on the overlap but the Gunners keeper pulls it into his chest.
    • 45' Song frees Sagna on the right, who wins a corner off Elokobi.
    • 44' Wolves go down the other end and win a corner but Arsenal clear and Arshavin is tripped. Free-kick.
    • 43' Arshavin now seems to be brought down in the Wolves box but play on. Similar to the Hammill incident, the leg came out from Zubar and he went over it but that was a dive, the replay shows. Lucky not to be carded.
    • 43' Zubar trips Walcott in full flight and is booked. The England winger was on the cusp of racing away into the Wolves half.
    • 42' Oooh that looked like a trip on Hammill from Djourou in the box but play on says the ref.
    • 41' Fabregas almost races on to Van Persie's flick on but Hennessey reads it and comes to the edge of his box to claim.
    • 40' Van Persie knocks it in but Berra is there to play it back to the keeper. Arshavin is taken out by Song's pass, which hits him on the mush, much to the away fans' amusement.
    • 39' Arshavin tries to create something, running with the ball from deep, but Wolves are back in numbers to clear.
    • 38' The pace of this game is up and down, partly because Wolves are well organised and partly because Arsenal are happy to sit back and wait for an opportunity.
    • 37' Fabregas has a pop from range but straightforward this time for the keeper.
    • 36' After the post-goal lull Arsenal have found their mojo again as Arshavin dribbles forward, eventually Milijas challenging Van Persie.
    • 35' Arshavin races away after Walcott's through ball but, from an angle, is denied by a super Hennessey save. The loose ball drops to Theo but his finish smacks the helpless Arshavin on the back, although Stearman was behind him and would have blocked.
    • 33' Walcott has a pop but easy for Hennessey this time.
    • 32' Walcott crosses in and Fabregas attacks but Hennessey races out to block with his chest and then knocks it clear!
    • 31' Arsenal come again with Walcott dribbling inside but Milijas stands him up and puts it out for a throw.
    • 30' How did Arsenal not score there? First a wonderful save from Hennessey to deny Walcott's header after Arshavin beat Zubar to cross in, then Fabregas with a low finish cleared off the line by the heel of Stearman!!
    • 28' Hammill harasses Clichy into a mistake but Szczesny is covering and Arsenal bring it away.
    • 27' Szczesny has the ball now. All gone a bit slow and pedestrian since the goal.
    • 26' The possession stats we have are that Wolves have had more of the ball - but these stats are calculated by time in possession, which in this case includes all the waiting while they send everyone upfield for set pieces such as throws.
    • 25' Wilshere pops up in loads of space on the left and buys some more with a shimmy and feint but his low ball is too far ahead of RvP and Berra clears.
    • 23' Wolves have a corner now, on the right... Super leap by Zubar but his header's direction is all wrong and it bounces wide for a goal kick.
    • 22' ... Despite Arsenal backing off, Wolves have been unable to leave their half and eventually a hopeful punt is collected by Koscielny and Arsenal can build again.
    • 21' A brief lull in proceedings as Arsenal let Wolves play it around the back for a spell....
    • 20' Van Persie swings over a lovely corner that Hennessey flaps wildly at AND ARSHAVIN FAR POST but he skews the finish off his shin and wide!
    • 19' Clichy is left in a heap by Stearman, who could well be booked... O'Hara had a hack at him first but missed. No, seems like a word is deemed sufficient. Free-kick on the left, 35 yards out... Good ball from Arshavin that Djourou and Koscielny attack but it takes a touch off a Wolves defender and bounces out for a corner.
    • 18' In a normal week that would be the pick of the bunch - unfortunately for RvP Wayne Rooney scored a frankly incredible goal to beat Manchester City. Arsenal should control this now, provided they don't do anything stupid like they did against Newcastle.
    • 17' GOAL! VAN PERSIE! Superb goal from the Dutchman, volleying Fabregas's clipped low cross low past Hennessey into the bottom right.
    • 16' A long ball down the left appears to go out but Doyle keeps it alive somehow, only for Arsenal to intercept and clear. Good defending by O'Hara though to tackle Cesc.
    • 15' Hammill with a Arshavin-esque drag-back and backheel on, um, Arshavin, and he wins a throw.
    • 14' Koscielny closes down Henry on the Wolves right and he prevents the corner, a throw deep on the wing...
    • 13' Wolves counter from that and win a corner on the right. This is where they're a real threat. Elokobi causes problems and Szczesny can only punch it away but eventually Arsenal clear.
    • 12' Hennessey with a confident claim from Sagna's cross, which was a touch too close to the keeper.
    • 11' Arsenal are struggling to get it clear but eventually they force Wolves back into their own half and it's with Hennessey. Good work without the ball from the hosts.
    • 10' Foul by Djourou on Hammill in midfield, Arsenal fans groaning in disappointment as it was a bit soft.
    • 9' As you'd expect Arsenal are bossing possession but Wolves seem organised and stubborn enough - should be a compelling game.
    • 8' Arshavin now on the left but his low ball is intercepted by Stearman and Wolves clear.
    • 7' Wolves now have a free-kick on the left after Djourou fouls Doyle. Hammill is over it... Good flat delivery and it skims off the head of Djourou and away for a corner but the flag is up - Doyle was offside.
    • 6' Fabregas lofts it left to right and it almost drops for Van Persie but Elokobi just about gets a head on it. Arsenal keep the ball though as Song bursts forward, slipping it inside to Van Persie but he spanks it well wide.
    • 5' A delay as Van Persie readies himself to take the free-kick... But he smacks it over.
    • 4' Fabregas has the ball in the back of the net after a quite frankly mesmerising run from England's Jack Wilshere but the whistle had long gone for Berra's trip on him so Arsenal have a free-kick on the edge of the box.
    • 3' Lovely interplay between Van Persie and Arshavin on the left but the Dutchman's low cross is weak. Arsenal come again though and win a corner off Milijas.
    • 2' Early attack for Arsenal as Arshavin finds himself all alone on the left, he lofts a ball over towards Van Persie in the box but Zubar heads clear.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Emirates!
    • 14:55 FACT: Arshavin has also scored five league goals this season, meaning he is directly responsible for just under a third of the Gunners' goal haul. No wonder Arsene Wenger stood by him in a difficult January.
    • 14:50 FACT: This is my favourite one. Andrei Arshavin has been getting a bit of stick from Arsenal fans this season, but he has weighed in with 11 assists - more than anyone else in the Premier League.
    • 14:45 FACTS: Wolves have only won one of their six Premier League games away from home against teams currently in the top half of the table; Wolves have drawn the joint-fewest matches in the Premier League this season (3).
    • 14:40 FACTS: Robin van Persie has scored eight goals in his last six Premier League matches; Arsenal have taken 37 points from a possible 42 against teams currently in the bottom half of the table this season. Ominous.
    • 14:35 Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Walcott, van Persie, Arshavin; Subs: Almunia, Denilson, Squillaci, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner /// Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Jarvis, Henry, Milijas, O'Hara, Doyle; Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, David Jones, Foley
    • 14:25 WOLVES TEAM NEWS: Stephen Hunt, Michael Kightly and Adlene Guedioura are all out injured with Mick McCarthy unsurprisingly naming the same starting XI as the one that beat Manchester United last weekend.
    • 14:20 ARSENAL TEAM NEWS: Abou Diaby is suspended after being sent off last weekend against Newcastle. Tomas Rosicky also misses the game with a groin problem but Denilson returns to the squad and Johan Djourou has recovered from his knee problem. Robin van Persie is over the flu which saw him pull out of the Holland squad for the midweek friendly against Austria.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal's Premier League clash with giant-killing, relegation-battling Wolves, kick off at 3pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 89' Blake fires over from the penalty spot after great play by Zubar bombing in! Should have done better.
    • 88' Should have been three! Walcott races away on the left and plays a one-two with Chamakh before cutting into the box and, from a goalscoring position, firing straight at Hennessey!
    • 83' Arsenal clear the second corner but Wolves still have it as Jarvis flicks it into Hammill in the box but Arsenal clear finally as Cesc gets away, lovely through ball to Walcott, who cuts in and tries a curler but wide of the far post! Classic Arsenal counter.
    • 61' Superb tackle from Wilshere but then Clichy ruins the good work by giving it away - Song to the rescue clears from Zubar. Arsenal break and Arshavin on the charge finds Fabregas who has two chances to shoot but is closed down each time, it breaks to Walcott on the right but on the stretch he can't connect properly!
    • 57' Two nil! Arsenal slice them apart on the break, a super ball by Fabregas to set Walcott scuttling clear, what pace too and he slides it inside to Van Persie who rifles a low drive past Hennessey. Wolves cut in two by Cesc's guile and Theo's pace.
    • 56' JUST WIDE BY ARSHAVIN! A clever half-volley after a super first touch on the edge of the D, it beats the flying dive of the keeper but also the post.
    • 52' Arshavin with a breathtaking run down the left but his cut-back for Van Persie is cleared by Stearman just as he was set to pull the trigger!
    • 48' Again Arsenal spurn a super chance! Wilshere again leading the way, a super run into the right side of the box but Song is denied by Stearman who would score an own goal but for a super save by Hennessey, before Cesc smacks the rebound yards over.
    • 47' WHAT A MISS BY WALCOTT! Oh deary deary me, he had the goal at his mercy but put it past the right-hand post after a mesmerising run from Wilshere, who cut in from the left and beat four men to set his England pal up. Shocker.
    • 45+1 GREAT SAVE HENNESSEY AGAIN! Arshavin and Song combined to send Van Persie clear and, from the left-hand edge of the six-yard box, he drilled a nice low finish across the keeper, who stuck out his left boot and flicked it over the bar!
    • 35' Arshavin races away after Walcott's through ball but, from an angle, is denied by a super Hennessey save. The loose ball drops to Theo but his finish smacks the helpless Arshavin on the back, although Stearman was behind him and would have blocked.
    • 30' How did Arsenal not score there? First a wonderful save from Hennessey to deny Walcott's header after Arshavin beat Zubar to cross in, then Fabregas with a low finish cleared off the line by the heel of Stearman!!
    • 20' Van Persie swings over a lovely corner that Hennessey flaps wildly at AND ARSHAVIN FAR POST but he skews the finish off his shin and wide!
    • 17' GOAL! VAN PERSIE! Superb goal from the Dutchman, volleying Fabregas's clipped low cross low past Hennessey into the bottom right.
    • 4' Fabregas has the ball in the back of the net after a quite frankly mesmerising run from England's Jack Wilshere but the whistle had long gone for Berra's trip on him so Arsenal have a free-kick on the edge of the box.
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Walcott, van Persie, Arshavin; Subs: Almunia, Denilson, Squillaci, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner /// Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Jarvis, Henry, Milijas, O'Hara, Doyle; Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, David Jones, Foley

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • B. Sagna
      • J. Djourou
      • L. Koscielny
      • G. Clichy
      • J. Wilshere Substitution Out (77′)
      • A. Song
      • T. Walcott
      • C. Fábregas
      • A. Arshavin Substitution Out (72′)
      • R. van Persie Goals×2 Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • S. Squillaci
      • M. Chamakh Substitution In72′
      • E. Eboué
      • N. Bendtner Substitution In72′
      • K. Gibbs
      • M. Almunia
      • Denílson Substitution In77′
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Hennessey
      • R. Zubar Yellow Card
      • R. Stearman
      • C. Berra
      • G. Elokobi
      • M. Jarvis
      • N. Milijaš Substitution Out (63′)
      • A. Hammill
      • K. Henry
      • J. O'Hara Substitution Out (63′)
      • K. Doyle Substitution Out (80′)

      Subs

      • J. Craddock
      • M. Hahnemann
      • D. Jones
      • S. Ebanks-Blake Substitution In63′
      • S. Fletcher Substitution In80′
      • K. Foley Substitution In63′
      • S. Ward
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