Wolves vs Arsenal result: Five things we learned as Bernd Leno’s error costs the Gunners

David Luiz is sent off

3. Moutinho steals Neves’ limelight

It was the type of blistering strike Wolves have come to expect from Neves, but this time it was Joao Moutinho who stole the limelight. From a considerable distance, the midfielder was left without pressure, perhaps because even Arsenal considered it a long shot too far. The shot, though, was exceptional, veering violently in the dreadful, drenched conditions, burning past Bernd Leno’s fingertips, and clipping the inside of the post. It came just four minutes into the second half, forcing a depleted Arsenal side to open up and attack and Wolves, in turn, to counter.

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4. Jose gives Wolves structure and threat

It was easy to point out the glaring flaws in Wolves’ slump, having failed to win any of their last eight league games prior to tonight, but much of their toil is rooted in bitter misfortunate. Raul Jimenez’s horrific injury not only deprived the club of their goalscoring talisman but also their structure, with Fabio Silva not yet ready to play the role of a typical No 9. In Willian Jose, signed on loan from Real Sociedad, Wolves appear to have found a perfect replacement. The Brazilian held the ball up brilliantly, won the penalty, stung Leno’s palms with a fizzing shot, and even displayed the subtle flicks to belie his stature, with one particularly cute backheel coming so close to setting up a decisive third.

Joao Moutinho celebrates his superb goal

5. The tragicomedy of Leno

Few red cards occur in quite such tragicomic circumstances as Leno’s mindless foray. A chipped ball over the top did not initially seem precise enough to provoke panic but then this is Arsenal on an off day and so nothing is truly out of the question. Misjudging his charge out the box, Leno simply seemed to run too far, missed the ball with his chest, and scooped it out of play with his trailing arm. It denied Traore a goalscoring opportunity and in a flash Arsenal were down to nine men, already penned back, and now with all their hopes lost. It was a disheartening end to a game Arsenal could have killed off early in the first half. Instead, Wolves finally bared their teeth and ended their slump. On balance, it was well earned. 

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