Wednesday April 11, 2012 Day 33 Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 3 Arsenal

  • van Persie 9’ (pen.)
  • Walcott 11’
  • Benayoun 69’

  1. Arsenal cruise past 10-man Wolves

    Arsenal cruise past 10-man Wolves

    Arsenal heaped yet more misery on 10-man Wolves with a comfortable 3-0 win in their Premier League clash at Molineux. More

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    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Arsenal
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with tonight's other Premier League games, from 00:01 on Thursday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The full-time brings an end to Wolves' misery as Arsenal win 3-0 in very comfortable fashion after Sebastien Bassong was shown a straight red card in just the eighth minute of the match! Goals from van Persie - via the penalty spot - Walcott and Benayoun give Arsenal the points, with Wolves further in the relegation mire as their desperate run continues. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Kightly takes the corner, but Arsenal clear the ball away through Song, who produces a very fine defensive header.
    • 90+1' Jarvis runs at the Arsenal back four once more, and he wins a corner with a low drive which is deflected behind by Djourou.
    • 90' There will be three added minutes at the end of this second half as Hennessey pounces on a loose ball inside the Wolves penalty area.
    • 89' Connor is desperately waving the Wolves defence upfield as he looks to limit the damage late on.
    • 88' Fletcher is afforded space in the Arsenal box after fine play from Kightly, but he drags his shot wide of the far post!
    • 87' This win will mean that Arsenal have now won 16 of their last 19 encounters with Wolves.
    • 86' The travelling supporters are in full voice as they celebrate a comfortable victory.
    • 85' It's incessant pressure from the visitors as Wolves defend doggedly on the edge of their own box.
    • 84' Surely a penalty? No! Ramsey jinks past Stearman and is brought down by Milijas inside the penalty area, but the referee appears to take pity on the hosts and shakes his head.
    • 83' What a save again by Hennessey! Van Persie cuts the ball back to Ramsey from the right byline, but the Welshman is denied by his compatriot from close range as the keeper saves with his feet once more!
    • 81' Van Persie and Arteta are dictating the play in the final third with Song joining every move along with Ramsey.
    • 80' Arsenal continue to pile on the pressure as the visitors look for a fourth goal with Wolves firmly on the back foot.
    • 79' The Gunners have won the last five trips to Molineux in all competitions.
    • 78' Steven Fletcher comes on to replace the exhausted Doyle, who deservedly receives a warm ovation.
    • 77' Doyle backtracks to dispossess Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he has covered an awful lot of ground this evening.
    • 76' Immediately, Song spreads the play to pick out Oxlade-Chamberlain, before Ramsey finds van Persie who heads rather tamely straight at Hennessey.
    • 75' Walcott departs now as Oxlade-Chamberlain is introduced, and that is the last thing the Wolves players will want to see with their weary legs.
    • 74' Arsenal have lost just one of the last five Premier League away games (W3 D1 L1).
    • 73' What a save from Hennessey! Benayoun latches on to a loose ball from close range but the keeper saves his stabbed effort with his legs!
    • 72' Sagna finds space out on the right, but Walcott cannot find van Persie with a deft touch on the edge of the Wolves box.
    • 71' Van Persie goes down clutching his ankle after a clash with Stearman, but he is quickly back to his feet.
    • 70' Many of the home fans are now streaming out of the exits at Molineux with this match effectively wrapped up.
    • 69' GOAL!!!! BENAYOUN MAKES IT THREE! Song twists and turns out on the left flank before finding Benayoun on the edge of the Wolves box, and he wrong-foots Hennessey with a crisp shot inside the near post!
    • 67' Arsenal are continuing to keep the ball in their half, but the intensity has gone from the first half.
    • 66' Wolves have gone 15 games at Molineux without a clean sheet in the Premier League.
    • 65' Wolves are really showing their fighting qualities in this second half as Arsenal ease off and look to coast through.
    • 64' Sagna bursts down the right and whips over a devilish cross, but it is cleared away superbly by Zubar.
    • 63' This has been a very sloppy and lethargic start to the second half from Arsenal, and Wolves are showing great heart to get back into this.
    • 62' Stearman is perhaps fortunate to have a free kick go his way as van Persie is almost afforded a free run at goal after a tussle for the ball.
    • 61' WHAT A SAVE! Doyle heads towards the far corner of the net from a dinked cross by Jarvis, and Wojciech Szczesny pulls off a quite spectacular save diving back to his right to claw the ball away from his goal!
    • 59' Zubar takes an exaggerated tumble under a firm challenge from Vermaelen, and a free kick goes his way.
    • 58' Kightly is also booked for persistent fouling as he wrestles Santos off the ball, but that looked a bit harsh.
    • 57' Zubar is booked for a very rash challenge on Benayoun right in front of the two dugouts, and he looks very relieved to only pick up the yellow card!
    • 55' What a chance for van Persie! Arteta produces a superb run down the right before cutting the ball back to the forward, who can only drive his shot wide of the near post!
    • 54' Ramsey really should do better as the ball drops to him in the Wolves area from a van Persie ball, but it's blocked.
    • 53' Milijas replaces Edwards as Connor makes his second change, and he was given a controversial red card in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season.
    • 52' Sagna is penalised for a foul on Henry, before Kightly almost picks out Doyle with a dinked delivery to the back post.
    • 51' Walcott continues to be booed every time he picks up the ball, and Jarvis dispossesses him on this occasion.
    • 50' Connor is preparing further substitutions - what change do you think he should make? His options are pretty limited now.
    • 49' Wolves have won none of the last nine Premier League games at Molineux and lost the last seven in a row.
    • 47' Walcott runs at Ward once more, and that is a tough challenge for the full-back. /// Johann Walisch says this will be an easy three points for Arsenal and sincerely hopes they can stay clear of any bad fouls and injuries.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Molineux as Wolves look to salvage some pride at least with the home fans urging them to give everything.
    • - Chris Perrio-Stone says Arsenal must remain professional and "go for the jugular" this evening, while Davey7 says Wolves must bring on a second striker to assist Doyle. How do you see this match going, and what did you make of that dramatic first half? Get in touch...
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle is met with a chorus of boos as the home fans show their disgust: Arsenal lead 2-0 courtesy of goals from van Persie (from the penalty spot) and Walcott with Wolves down to 10 men after Bassong was shown a straight red card in just the ninth minute.
    • 45+1' Arsenal continue to keep the ball without any problems whatsoever, and Wolves are sitting right back on the edge of their own penalty area.
    • 45' There will be two added minutes at the end of this first half with Wolves again left to defend doggedly, deep inside their own half.
    • 43' Van Persie looks to slip Walcott in once more, but this time he cannot quite latch on to the ball at full stretch!
    • 42' STAT: 12 of the points Arsenal have recovered have come in away games, again a league high.
    • 41' Ramsey gives the Wolves midfielders no time on the ball as he harries relentlessly with tons of energy.
    • 40' Doyle needs to be extremely careful now as he almost makes contact with Santos with a wild challenge, and that's very dangerous.
    • 39' Doyle is booked for a rash challenge on Arteta, and that was out of sheer frustration as the lone striker loses his cool.
    • 38' Santos drives a low shot narrowly wide of the far post as Hennessey scrambles across his line frantically.
    • 37' Van Persie continues to peel off his marker, Stearman, and he manages to find space to link up the play once more.
    • 36' Arsenal keep the ball in the Wolves half with consummate ease, and the hosts are battling tirelessly with 10 men, giving absolutely everything.
    • 35' Wolves scored from their only shot on target against Arsenal when they met just after Christmas while the Gunners netted just once from 11 attempts on target.
    • 34' Ramsey wins the ball back for Arsenal on halfway, and the visitors continue to dominate possession in this first half.
    • 33' Henry pressurises Song as he wins the ball back for the hosts, and the crowd absolutely love that!
    • 32' Doyle is absolutely furious with the referee as he feels he won a throw in at Benayoun's expense, but it is not given his way.
    • 31' Walcott charges down the right once more before losing the ball to Stephen Ward, and the Irishman proceeds to find Doyle with a fine pass.
    • 29' Benayoun and Ramsey combine on the edge of the penalty area, before Walcott blasts a wild shot wide to the home fans' delight.
    • 28' Van Persie and Benayoun combine with a sweet interchange, but this time Santos blasts the shot wide.
    • 27' There are now chants of "One Mick McCarthy..." from the home fans. If only he had that support a while ago, many would argue in hindsight.
    • 26' Stearman is very fortunate as he cynically blocks van Persie off the ball, and Song is absolutely furious about it with the referee missing the incident.
    • 25' Ramsey drops deep once more to link up the play, but Zubar intercepts once more with another fine challenge.
    • 23' Berra rises high to meet a corner from the right as he beats Djourou, but a deflection off the defender's back takes the ball wide!
    • 22' Doyle fouls Arteta, and Arsenal have a free kick deep inside their own half as they can build once more.
    • 21' Arsenal have enjoyed 71 per cent of the possession so far in this match!
    • 20' Walcott has been pretty devastating so far in this match, and Arsenal are a constant threat in the final third.
    • 19' Van Persie takes the ball forward from deep as he links up the play with Arteta and Song: it's mesmerising passing from the visitors.
    • 18' Walcott is getting all sorts of abuse from the home fans as a result of his celebration - the Wolves supporters really did not appreciate it.
    • 17' Arsenal stroke the ball around at the back as the visitors find themselves in cruise control as early as the 17th minute in this match.
    • 16' STAT: Robin van Persie has scored 45 goals in his last 50 Premier League appearances.
    • 15' Benayoun harries away tirelessly in the final third as Henry dallies on the ball down the Wolves right.
    • 14' STAT: Arsenal have won 15 and lost none of the last 18 games against Wolves in all competitions.
    • 13' The boos ring out very early from the Wolves fans as Arsenal go straight back on the attack after the second goal.
    • 12' The Wolves fans are absolutely furious as Walcott celebrated by putting his finger to his lips to 'silence' the home supporters.
    • 11' GOAL!!!!! WALCOTT MAKES IT TWO!! This is a nightmare for Wolves early on as Walcott flies through with another blistering run and a second one-two with van Persie leaves him with a clinical finish!
    • 10' Poor David Davis has to make way as Connor acts quickly, and Berra is the man to come on.
    • 9' GOAL!!!!! VAN PERSIE SCORES!!! It's a cheeky dink down the middle of the goal, and Hennessey falls for it as he dives to his right - it's an audacious finish, and Arsenal are in front!
    • 8' Van Persie is about to step up for Arsenal...
    • 7' PENALTY! RED CARD! Walcott bursts into the Wolves box with a sharp run following a one-two with van Persie, with Bassong bringing him down from behind!
    • 6' Jarvis whips over a superb delivery from the left with a right-footed cross, but Santos does just enough to ensure that Doyle doesn't meet it at the back post.
    • 5' Zubar makes a timely intervention as Ramsey bursts forward from midfield, and Wolves make a solid start at the back.
    • 4' Arsenal win a corner out on the right after good play from Walcott and Benayoun, but Wolves clear upfield through Stearman.
    • 3' Les Friend believes that Rosicky's absence will not make too much difference and is looking forward to Ramsey finding some form, while Shaurya believes Oxlade-Chamberlain should have started. What do others think?
    • 2' Arsenal stroke the ball around at the back as Doyle is left to chase shadows, and this will be a tough evening for him up front on his own.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Molineux and Zubar lumps the ball out of play as Arteta puts the pressure on the full back.
    • 19:40 The odds for this match are as follows: Wolves (7/1) Arsenal (4/9), Draw (4/1). What is your prediction? The referee for tonight's clash, incidentally, is Neil Swarbrick.
    • 19:35 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes three changes - two of them enforced. Centre-back Johan Djourou is recalled in place of the suspended Koscielny while left-back Andre Santos comes in for the injured Kieran Gibbs. Wenger also hands a start to midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the expense of Tomas Rosicky. What do you make of the two line-ups? Get in touch...
    • 19:30 Wolves manager Terry Connor drops leading scorer Steven Fletcher and fellow striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. He includes another forward, Kevin Doyle, and midfielder David Davis in reverting from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 formation.
    • 19:25 Arsenal are without defender Laurent Koscielny as he serves a two-match ban for picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in Sunday's win over Manchester City, hours before the amnesty cut-off.
    • 19:20 Wolves boss Terry Connor admits all he can ask of his players in their current predicament is that they try to finish the season as best they can. "We are demanding that the players play the remaining games with a level of performance that can get us some results. If two or three is all we can win and we have performed like we have done in the last few games, then I will take that." Full story
    • 19:15 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Davis, Jarvis, Edwards, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Forde /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Song, Walcott, Ramsey, Benayoun, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh
    • 19:10 Arsene Wenger has refused to set Arsenal a points target to finish third. The Gunners are overwhelming favourites to sink rock-bottom Wanderers at Molineux and open up a five-point gap on arch rivals Tottenham in the race for the Premier League's final automatic Champions League spot. "The only target we know we can do is if we get our resources together for the next game. That is the only way to do it," he said. Read Wenger's quotes in full
    • 19:05 Terry Connor (Wolves): "What we intend to do is win as many as we possibly can and we want to finish the season as best we possibly can and that's the challenge I have set myself and for the players and they have bought into that. I think if you watched our performances over the last four or five games you would have seen an improvement in what we are trying to do and we will continue that against Arsenal. We will try and be competitive."
    • 19:00 Arsene Wenger: "Let's not anticipate, that is something else that is important. When it gets to the last sprint, the focus on the next game becomes the most important part because you are always tempted to anticipate. We have the experience to know just to deal with the next one and that is the only important thing."
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Wolves boss Terry Connor has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Molineux. Connor will have the same group to select from as he did for the 2-1 defeat at Stoke on Saturday, with sidelined trio Jamie O'Hara, Stephen Hunt (both groin) and Jody Craddock (hamstring) the only players unavailable. It remains to be seen whether or not regular captain Roger Johnson - dropped to the bench for the Potters match regains his place in the team.
    • 18:50 Arsenal will be without defender Laurent Koscielny. Koscielny serves a two-match ban for picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in Sunday's win over Manchester City, hours before the amnesty cut-off. Gervinho missed the City match with a knock, the game came too early for Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin (both hamstring), while Per Mertesacker and midfielder Jack Wilshere (both ankle) remain sidelined.
    • 18:45 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s LIVE text commentary of the Premier League game between Wolves and Arsenal at Molineux. Wolves come into the match off the back of sixth successive defeats and six points adrift of safety, while Arsenal look to consolidate third spot with rivals Tottenham two points behind in fourth. Premier League table
  • Summary

    • 84' Surely a penalty? No! Ramsey jinks past Stearman and is brought down by Milijas inside the penalty area, but the referee appears to take pity on the hosts and shakes his head.
    • 83' What a save again by Hennessey! Van Persie cuts the ball back to Ramsey from the right byline, but the Welshman is denied by his compatriot from close range as the keeper saves with his feet once more!
    • 73' What a save from Hennessey! Benayoun latches on to a loose ball from close range but the keeper saves his stabbed effort with his legs!
    • 69' GOAL!!!! BENAYOUN MAKES IT THREE! Song twists and turns out on the left flank before finding Benayoun on the edge of the Wolves box, and he wrong-foots Hennessey with a crisp shot inside the near post!
    • 61' WHAT A SAVE! Doyle heads towards the far corner of the net from a dinked cross by Jarvis, and Wojciech Szczesny pulls off a quite spectacular save diving back to his right to claw the ball away from his goal!
    • 55' What a chance for van Persie! Arteta produces a superb run down the right before cutting the ball back to the forward, who can only drive his shot wide of the near post!
    • 23' Berra rises high to meet a corner from the right as he beats Djourou, but a deflection off the defender's back takes the ball wide!
    • 11' GOAL!!!!! WALCOTT MAKES IT TWO!! This is a nightmare for Wolves early on as Walcott flies through with another blistering run and a second one-two with van Persie leaves him with a clinical finish!
    • 9' GOAL!!!!! VAN PERSIE SCORES!!! It's a cheeky dink down the middle of the goal, and Hennessey falls for it as he dives to his right - it's an audacious finish, and Arsenal are in front!
    • 7' PENALTY! RED CARD! Walcott bursts into the Wolves box with a sharp run following a one-two with van Persie, with Bassong bringing him down from behind!
    • 19:15 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Davis, Jarvis, Edwards, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Forde /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Song, Walcott, Ramsey, Benayoun, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh

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