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Arsenal player ratings vs Wolves as Daniel Podence downs Gunners

Daniel Podence’s first half strike proved decisive as Wolves took all three points from their trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

In a match marred by an injury to Raul Jimenez, Wolves took the lead through Pedro Neto after he pounced on a loose ball in the Arsenal area.

But Wolves’ lead was short-lived as summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes fired back for the Gunners just three minutes later on the half hour mark.

Podence restored Wolves’ lead moments before half time after latching onto a loose ball in the Gunners area following a save from Bernd Leno.

Here’s how our man Neil McLeman rated the performances from the Emirates.

Arsenal’s lost 2-1 to Wolves on Sunday

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ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

Leno 6

The white-clad German goalkeeper failed to hold Netto’s shot before second goal

Bellerin 6

The Spain right-back good going forward but often over-run at the back

David Luiz 6

Played first half with blood-stained head bandage before being replaced at the break

Gabriel 7

Unable to stop Neto’s shot on the line, Brazil defender quickly equalised with header

Tierney 5

Scotland left-back given a torrid evening by the rampaging Traore

Ceballos 6

Neat pass to release Bellerin in second half but not in game enough

Xhaka 5

The Swiss and Ceballos combination sit too deep to help the attack

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggled for Arsenal

Willian 6

Provided cross for the made in Brazil equaliser from head of Gabriel

Willock 5

Used in the central role behind Aubameyang. Is he better than Mesut Ozil?

Saka 6

Playing in the place of the suspended Pepe, England star failed to shine

Aubameyang 5

Still looking for his first Emirates goal of this season after anonymous display

Subs: Holding/Luiz, Nelson/Willian, Xhaka/Lacazette

Unused subs: Runarsson, Soares, Elneny, Nketiah

Next fixture: Europa League Thursday (H) v Rapid Vienna

Daniel Podence was on the scoresheet for Wolves

WOLVES (4-2-3-1)

Rui Patricio 6

Got nowhere near the Gabriel header but little else to do.

Semedo 6

The £27m signing from Barcelona more restrained going forward in right-back role

Boly 6

The Ivory Coast defender kept a tight lease on the frustrated Aubameyang

Coady 7

Glad to be back in the Wolves defence after spending Southampton match in self-isolation

Marcal 7

Brazilian left-back hit gorgeous volleyed pass to Netto in first half

Dendoncker 6

Constant threat going forward but should have scored with header against bar

Moutinho 6

Controlled the pace of the game from his deep-lying midfield position

David Luiz suffered a blow to the head

Adama 8

The Spanish winger’s pace and power on the break led to both Wolves goals. Booked for diving

Podence 7

Cool, composed finish for the second goal from the Portuguese playmaker

Neto 8 MOM

Three goals in three games for club and country – and an assist

Raul n/a

Subbed off after sickening collision with Luiz as he headed away a corner


Subs: Fabio Silva/Raul, Neves/Podence, Kilman/Silva

Unused subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Vitinha

Next fixture: Premier League, Sunday (A) v Liverpool

Match rating: 4/5

Referee: Michael Oliver 4/5

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