Gabriel netted the decisive goal as 10-man Arsenal closed the gap on fourth-placed West Ham United with a battling win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 11, 2022
Following an even opening period, Arsenal took the lead on 25 minutes when Gabriel prodded in from Alexandre Lacazette’s flick-on. It was the Gunners’ first goal since New Year’s Day.
Lacazette’s 42nd-minute shot was then saved by Jose Sa following brilliant play by Bukayo Saka on the right and Gabriel fired over from 35 yards moments before half-time.
But Arsenal had to dig deep for the final 21 minutes after Gabriel Martinelli was sent off for two yellow cards in less than 30 seconds.
Wolves tried to make their numerical advantage count and it took a fingertip save from Aaron Ramsdale to thwart Romain Saiss before the ‘keeper denied Leander Dendoncker as the home side piled on late pressure.
Arsenal have won 9 of their last 14 Premier League matches, keeping a clean sheet in 7 of those victories.
Arsenal rise to fifth place on 39 points, a point behind West Ham, who have played two matches more.
A first loss in six matches keeps Wolves eighth with 34 points.
After the match Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said,”Obviously it was a massive game for us, playing away against a really good team that makes very little errors, that concedes very little and that they are extremely dangerous. I think we had some really good periods in the game, we went ahead, but the red card changes the context completely. We had to dig in, we had to suffer, we showed great resilience, we defended the box extremely well, and that’s why at the end we got the points.”
💬 “I’m extremely proud of them, but we have to stop doing that.”
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 10, 2022