Pepe strike and added-time Sa own goal complete 2-1 turnaround for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Arsenal completed a dramatic late comeback to earn three points in a frantic encounter with in-form Wolves.
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Alexandre Lacazette forced a stoppage-time winner as Arsenal came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 and move to within a point of the top four.
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Romain Saiss thought he had put Wolves ahead after seven minutes only for his flicked finish to be ruled out for offside.
But the visitors did take the lead three minutes later when Hwang Hee-chan intercepted Gabriel’s misjudged backpass, skipped past Aaron Ramsdale and slid home from an acute angle.
Raul Jimenez might have doubled Wolves’ advantage on 13 minutes, dragging a shot wide from Daniel Podence’s threaded pass, and heading wide late on in the half.
Arsenal grew into the match, however, and Gabriel Martinelli nearly conjured a 43rd-minute equaliser when he narrowly failed to flick Martin Odegaard’s lofted pass over onrushing goalkeeper Jose Sa.
Wolves continued to frustrate their hosts after the break as they looked for an eighth clean sheet in 14 Premier League matches, with Sa saving from Lacazette and the Frenchman blazing over as the hosts poured forward.
But with eight minutes remaining Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah set up fellow substitute Nicolas Pepe, who turned deftly and rifled the ball beyond Sa for his first Premier League goal of 2021/22.
Then in the fifth minute of added time, Lacazette’s movement created an opening in the area and his shot was diverted into the net off Sa’s hand for the winner.
Arsenal move up to fifth place on 45 points with two matches in hand over fourth-placed Manchester United.
Wolves remain seventh on 40 points.
Wolves coach Bruno Lage said ,”“I’m not disappointed, but proud of my players. They did everything I asked. We came here to play with the personality. I think we started very well, we scored a goal and had three good chances to score – Raul, Hwang and Pedro Neto, and the situation where Coady recovered the ball and we went three against one, he touched he ball and didn’t touch about anyone. There’s a massive situation and we can kill the game.
“In the end, it’s football. Proud of them, we lose, we go again, we have two days to recover and prepare the best way to for the game against West Ham.”
After the match Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said ,”Well it was a great one. Winning at the end against a really good team, who – once they are ahead – are extremely difficult to beat them. I think they haven’t lost a game after going ahead since 2018, but we kept pushing. I think the attitude, the spirit, the quality the energy that the players put in, in the second-half again. To fight, to go and win the match was phenomenal. It created a great atmosphere and synergy with our fans, and it was great to win it that way. “