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  • Date:27 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:59,686
  • Gervinho (7)
  • Fletcher (37)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.

95mins

Robin van Persie delivers the ball, Kevin Doyle makes a clearance.

95mins

Robin van Persie produces a cross, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

94mins

Foul by Kevin Doyle on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mikel Arteta from right wing, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

93mins

Aaron Ramsey produces a cross, Robin van Persie has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

91mins

Wayne Hennessey is booked.

90mins

The ball is crossed by Andrey Arshavin, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.

90mins

Tomas Rosicky decides to take a short corner.

90mins

Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.

87mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Marouane Chamakh goes over the bar.

87mins

The ball is crossed by Laurent Koscielny, save made by Wayne Hennessey.

85mins

Marouane Chamakh replaces Johan Djourou. Kevin Doyle on for Stephen Hunt.

85mins

Aaron Ramsey delivers the ball, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

83mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

82mins

Stephen Hunt challenges Johan Djourou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.

82mins

The ball is crossed by Thomas Vermaelen, Stephen Hunt makes a clearance.

81mins

The ball is swung over by Yao Gervinho, clearance by Roger Johnson.

80mins

Andrey Arshavin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

78mins

Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.

78mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot.

78mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.

78mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Karl Henry.

77mins

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.

77mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.

75mins

Nenad Milijas concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Nenad Milijas is shown a red card for serious foul play. Mikel Arteta shoots direct from the free kick, Steven Fletcher gets a block in.

75mins

A cross is delivered by Aaron Ramsey.

73mins

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker. The referee shows Adlene Guedioura a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

73mins

Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

70mins

Aaron Ramsey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Song. Adlene Guedioura replaces Anthony Forde.

69mins

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. Booking for Alex Song for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nenad Milijas from right channel.

67mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

67mins

The ball is sent over by Tomas Rosicky, Per Mertesacker takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.

66mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

65mins

Foul by Karl Henry on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick, save by Wayne Hennessey.

63mins

Andrey Arshavin replaces Yossi Benayoun.

62mins

Effort by Nenad Milijas from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

60mins

Thomas Vermaelen is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

59mins

Yao Gervinho delivers the ball, save by Wayne Hennessey.

58mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.

57mins

The referee cautions Thomas Vermaelen for dissent.

57mins

A cross is delivered by Laurent Koscielny, Richard Stearman gets a block in.

57mins

A cross is delivered by Yao Gervinho.

53mins

The referee gives a free kick against Robin van Persie for handball. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Steven Fletcher makes a clearance.

52mins

The ball is delivered by Johan Djourou, clearance by Christophe Berra.

48mins

Yao Gervinho is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.

47mins

The ball is swung over by Robin van Persie.

47mins

Anthony Forde takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

47mins

The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho by Ronald Zubar results in a free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes the indirect free kick.

44mins

Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross.

43mins

Nenad Milijas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ward on Yossi Benayoun. Johan Djourou takes the indirect free kick.

40mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Nenad Milijas. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.

40mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

38mins

Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in. Steven Fletcher finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton.Stephen Hunt provided the assist for the goal.

38mins

Nenad Milijas takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Johan Djourou.

34mins

Unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

32mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Robin van Persie. Roger Johnson goes into the referee's book. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, save by Wayne Hennessey.

31mins

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Karl Henry takes the indirect free kick.

30mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Wayne Hennessey makes a clearance.

30mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.

29mins

Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.

26mins

Stephen Hunt takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

23mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Stephen Hunt makes a clearance.

23mins

The ball is crossed by Robin van Persie, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.

21mins

The referee blows for offside. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.

20mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.

19mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

18mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Nenad Milijas, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

18mins

Robin van Persie produces a cross, Ronald Zubar makes a clearance.

17mins

Nenad Milijas takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

16mins

A cross is delivered by Ronald Zubar, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

16mins

Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Karl Henry takes the indirect free kick.

15mins

Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

14mins

Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.

8mins

Yao Gervinho fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Yossi Benayoun.

8mins

Centre by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Per Mertesacker.

7mins

Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

3mins

Unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun by Matthew Jarvis results in a free kick. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, clearance by Ronald Zubar.

Match Preview

Wenger hails miracle-worker McCarthy Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal to expect a footballing test when miracle-worker Mick McCarthy brings his battling Wolves side to Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had an extra 24 hours to prepare for the game following the decision to put the fixture back from Boxing Day because of industrial action by some London Underground staff. While Arsenal have their sights set firmly on the top four after bouncing back from the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City with an away win at Aston Villa, Wolves are scrapping for every point to stay clear of being dragged into a relegation battle. Wenger has the utmost respect for the job McCarthy is overseeing at the Black Country club, under what have been testing circumstances following criticism from some sections of the Molineux faithful this season. "Mick McCarthy is doing miracles at Wolves," Wenger said in his programme notes for the match. "He is always ready for a fight, never gives up, keeps his steadiness and mental strength, never shows any strain. "It is great what he does for his club. I believe they play extremely good football as well." Wenger had been impressed by McCarthy's determination. "It demands special strength from the manager to fight until the last day with the uncertainty sometimes whether you will stay up," the Arsenal boss said. "A manager needs to be cool-blooded, strong, resilient and Mick McCarthy has all of these qualities." Arsenal have won eight of their last 10 league games to turn the season around and close back to within striking distance of the top four. The Gunners produced another impressive display to secure all three points at Villa Park last Wednesday night, with Yossi Benayoun coming off the bench to head a late winner. The Israeli midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, has yet to start in the Premier League this season, but Wenger believes a collective team ethic runs deep within the current group. "[The Aston Villa result] showed the importance of the squad, but also the quality of the spirit," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "That makes a difference if you have players who come on that have a real desire to help the team. "You always have a chance because teams have to fight so hard against us that in the last 20 minutes fresh players can have a big impact." Arsenal head towards 2012 with their defence stretched because of injury, which could see Wenger enter the loan market when the transfer window opens again on January 1. Swiss international defender Johan Djourou could return from a minor groin problem, while Wenger must also decide whether to rest skipper Robin van Persie, who is close to breaking the Premier League goals record for a calendar year. With 34 goals he is two short of Alan Shearer's record. Ronald Zubar believes Wolves must repeat the determination evident in salvaging a point against Norwich in their battle for survival. Mick McCarthy's side twice came from behind in mid-week to draw 2-2 with the Canaries at Molineux. Right-back Zubar, who has just returned to the side after a lengthy injury lay-off, scored the second goal to cement the comeback just when Wolves were facing a second home setback in succession. Now they face a visit to revitalised Arsenal who are back in the hunt for a Champions League spot. Zubar said: "There won't be any pressure on us against Arsenal and we just have to see what we can do. "There's no reason why we can't play well there and see if we can pick anything up. "Arsenal away is always a tough game with a big pitch and a lovely stadium. I'm sure our fans are looking forward to going there. "We've had an extra day before the game now, after it was put back, and the players have been able to have Christmas Day at home. "But then we will be looking to go to Arsenal with a good mentality and to show something positive on the pitch. "The last 10 minutes against Norwich showed the determination of the team and we're going to need all that in the games to come." Zubar is delighted to be back in action after Richard Stearman's broken wrist presented an opening. He said: "It's great to be back on the pitch and be part of the team. "That's all any player wants. I'm enjoying it. "For me it was just great to be back and to get my match fitness to 100% "I've only played five games and need more to feel a lot better. Midfielder Dave Edwards is in contention to return after a two game absence with a groin injury. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is favourite to again partner Steven Fletcher upfront after netting against Norwich when preferred to Kevin Doyle. end

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Mick McCarthy

Wolverhampton

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Alex Song
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Manuel Almunia
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Ignasi Miquel

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Match Report

Hennessey heroics give Wolves point Arsenal were left frustrated as 10-man Wolves battled to a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners, looking to go back into the top four, were ahead after just eight minutes through Gervinho. However, Wolves, struggling at the other end of the table, rallied and levelled on 38 minutes through Steven Fletcher. The visitors survived the second half dismissal of midfielder Nenad Milijas as keeper Wayne Hennessey denied the home side time and again. After a bright start by Wolves, Arsenal broke quickly to take the lead on eight minutes. Thomas Rosicky fed Yossi Benayoun, whose pass split the Wolves defence as Gervinho beat the offside trap to race clear. The Ivory Coast frontman, set to soon be away at the African Nations Cup, waited for keeper Hennessey to commit himself, before cutting back inside and then rolling the ball into the net between the two defenders on the line. Wolves looked in danger of being overrun, as following their positive start, the visitors were forced to defend deeper and deeper. Gervinho darted clear again and fed Robin van Persie on the right side of the penalty area, but for once the Dutchman - chasing the record for goals in 2011 - was off target as he skewed the ball well wide of the far post. Benayoun, on loan from Chelsea, was producing an all-action display and charged down the left - only to stumble over the ball when in the penalty area. Van Persie continued to look for the opening, his chip headed over by Wolves defender Stephen Ward. To their credit, Wolves had weathered the storm somewhat, only to then almost hit the self-destruct button when skipper Karl Henry lost the ball to van Persie. He fed Rosicky on the edge of the box who in turn laid a pass off to Mikel Arteta and his angled drive was blocked by Ward. Van Persie then saw his low strike turned around the post by Hennessey. Out of nothing, Wolves were level on 38 minutes. Arsenal failed to clear a corner, which Stephen Hunt lobbed back in. His shot was deflected and Fletcher guided a header into the far corner. Arsenal immediately went on the offensive, but Wolves were more confident and calmly saw their way through to half-time. The Gunners upped the tempo after the restart, but failed to find a telling pass in the final third. In the 57th minute, Laurent Koscielny's cross struck Christophe Berra on the arm, but referee Stuart Attwell was not interested - and instead showed a yellow card to Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen for complaining. Arsenal had a free-kick when Gervinho was bundled over by Karl Henry 22 yards out, just left of centre. Van Persie clipped the ball towards the top corner, with Hennessey touching it over at full stretch. Per Mertesacker's close-range header was then scrambled clear by the busy Wolves keeper. Rosicky swept the ball wide from 20 yards after a persistent run by Koscielny. With tempers at boiling point, Atwell brandished his red card on 75 minutes after a studs-up sliding challenge by Milijas on Arteta. Van Persie's shot on the turn was deflected behind as Arsenal laid siege to the Wolves goal, with substitute Andrey Arshavin then clipping the outside of the post. Hennessey pushed away another goal-bound free-kick from van Persie, before Marouane Chamakh came on for Johan Djourou to give the Gunners another attacker in the closing five minutes. The Morocco striker clashed heads with van Persie at a corner, which left the Arsenal skipper momentarily out of action. Vermaelen was denied by an inspired Hennessey before Wolves held out through six minutes of stoppage time.

Form Guide

    WDWWLW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Wolverhampton
  • LLWLLD

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 12/02/2011
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 10/11/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 03/04/2010
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 07/11/2009
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 07/02/2004
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 26/12/2003

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 15
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • YK Gervinho 3
  • T Walcott 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Wolverhampton

  • S Fletcher 6
  • J O'Hara 2
  • K Doyle 2
  • S Ward 2
  • R Zubar 1
  • S Ebanks-Blake 1
  • D Edwards 1
  • M Jarvis 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 58
    • Goals per game 33
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Wolverhampton

    • Total goals 44
    • Goals per game 19
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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