Arsenal dented Wolves’ Champions League hopes with a 2-0 win at the Molineux. A stunning first volley from Bukayo Saka followed up by a late Alexandre Lacazette goal decreased the points gap between the two sides to three points heading into the business end of the season.

Wolves

Rui Patricio – 7 Distribution left a lot to be desired but there was not a lot the Portuguese shot stopper could do with both goals. However, he commanded his area well and was strong in the air when dealing with crosses and corners.

Wily Boly – 4 Poor day for the usually solid defender. Was arguably at fault for Arsenal’s goal and looked nervy and unsure at the back after that.

Conor Coady – 5  Usually “Captain fantastic” for Wolves but the Liverpudlian wasn’t at his best today. Was caught flat footed for both goals and struggled against Arsenal’ pacy forward line

Roman Saiss – 4 Was lucky not to  be sent off within the first five minutes and didn’t offer much in terms of defensive stability at the back. Usually Wolves’ playmaker in defence but struggled to use the ball effectively.

Matt Doherty – 6 The rampaging full back took until the second half to really get going. Looked dangerous at times when getting forward against Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac but needs to offer more.

Leander Dendoncker –  Had little to no impact on the game. Struggled in the heart of Wolves’ midfield defensively and was subbed early on after 55 minutes.

Ruben Neves – 6 Was decent in possession but fans will know Wolves’ talisman is capable of much more. Found himself overrun at times defensively and struggled to make any real impact going forward.

Joao Moutinho – 6 Worked hard off the ball which is usually expected from the energetic veteran but struggled in possession and was lacking his usual creative spark.

Jonny – 5 Made some good runs down Wolves’ left flank which troubled Cedric Soares at times but his delivery in the final third was poor.

Adama Traore- 7 Arguably Wolves’ best player. His terrific run nearly led to a goal in the first and he will be disappointed that he squandered the opportunity.

Raul Jimenez – 6 Was involved in some good link up play in the Wolves attack but the Mexican goalscorer didn’t really have any clear cut opportunities all game

SUBS:

Diogo Jota 55′ – 6 Looked bright after coming on, driving at the Arsenal defence with  mazy runs but failed to really get a sight at goal.

Pedro Neto 72′ – 4 – Did not have much influence on the game going forward.

Morgan Gibbs – White – N/A – Came on too late to have any impact.

Arsenal

Emiliano Martinez – 8  Has really stepped up in place of the injured Bernd Leno. Looked confident when coming for crosses and dealing with one on one situations

Shkodran Mustafi – 7  A more solid and demanding display than we’re used to seeing from the German. Lead the defensive line well and was strong and composed when going into challenges.

David Luiz – 6  Was a bit suspect at times when getting caught in possession at times in the first half but gave a more assured display in the second period.

Sead Kolasinac – 7  Looked more suited to Arteta’s back three system. Made some crucial blocks and interceptions and held his line well

Cedric Soares – 6  Was caught out a couple of times by Jonny’s runs and his lack of playing time showed as the game went on.

Dani Ceballos – 7  An impressive display from the young Spaniard whose future at Arsenal was up in the air until recently. Used possession effectively and always looked to drive his team forward when on the ball

Granit Xhaka – 5  The weak link in Arsenal’s midfield. The quality of his passing and decision making was mixed all game.

Kieran Tierney – 7  The young Scotsman continued to impress after his return from injury. Was a useful outlet for Arsenal with his cross leading to Saka’s opening goal.

Bukayo Saka – 7 A quiet overall game with flashes of brilliance. The youngster took his goal superbly on the volley and caused the Wolves defenders problems when taking them on at stages in the game.

Eddie Nketiah – 7 Showed plenty of endeavour and his workrate off the ball would have impressed Arteta. However, needs to show more quality in front of goal if he is to be Arsenal’s main man.

Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang – 6 A very quiet game for the Gabon international who didn’t get many chances to test Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal.

Subs:

Ainsley Maitland-Niles 56′ – 5  A 50th league appearance for the full back who offered much needed fresh legs against the pacy Traore

Joe Willock 76′ – 6  Terrific through ball for Lacazette’s goal and would’ve scored himself if it wasn’t for Neves’ goal line clearance.

Hector Bellerin 76′ – 5  More fresh legs down the flank for Arsenal and helped secure a clean sheet.

Lucas Torreira – 82′ – 5 Brought energy to Arsenal’s midfield late on

Alexandre Lacazette – 82′ – 7  Wrapped the game up for Arsenal with a brilliantly taken goal.