Sunday, November 3, 2019

Arsenal Held By Wolves At The Emirates


The Gunners were held 1-1 by Wolves at the Emirates following another awful display despite the best efforts of their stand-in captain up front

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves so much better than this.

The Gabon international has carried Arsenal all season, but he can only do so much when he has a coach who consistently fails to get the best out of what is a talented squad.

Unai Emery’s negative tactics have cost Arsenal dear several times since the start of the campaign and they did so once again on Saturday afternoon as his team drew 1-1 with Wolves at the Emirates.

With Mesut Ozil deservedly back in the side following his impressive performance against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Emery had the ideal opportunity to send his team out with a positive mindset against the Midlanders.

But instead club record signing Nicolas Pepe was left out, with Ozil playing at the tip of a midfield diamond which featured Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos.

It left Arsenal with very little natural width and allowed Wolves to pack the central part of the pitch - flooding the area where Ozil was looking to operate and offer a supply line to Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

It played into Wolves’ hands, with the visitors sitting deep and then charging forward at will on the counter attack.

They finished the game having had 25 shots on goal, Arsenal meanwhile mustered just 10 - their lowest tally at home this season. It’s the sort of performance that is now becoming the norm under Emery and it ended with the now familiar sound of boos at the full-time whistle.

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