Wolves 0 v Arsenal 2

Marouanne Chamakh’s double strike ensured that Arsenal’s two game back to back losing streak came to a deserved end at Molineux. The performance may have still lacked the fluidity that is the hallmark of an Arsenal side, but the early pass and movement, the result and the effort shown was in huge contrast to Saturday’s shock home defeat to Newcastle.The game started and finished with Chanmakh’s seventh and eight goals of a thus far very profitable season for the Arsenal striker.


Arsenal were quickly at Wolves and within 37 seconds had taken the lead. The home side seemed stunned to see the Gunners attack with verve from the off as Chamakh made no mistake from Alex Song’s cross from the right to powerfully head beyond Marcus Hahnemann. If that goal was needed to settle any early nerves, then the visitors flair and ability to keep and pass the ball at will as Arsenal went in search to build on their advantage reminded us all that there is still much more from an Arsenal side who have worryingly begun to show a few frailties of late.


Tomas Rosicky was given a start and his midfield control along Cesc Fabregas was consistently getting the better of Wolves. Hahnemann was busy thwarting efforts from Andrey Arshavin when the Russian seemed odds on to score, with Fabregas too being denied by the Wolves stopper and the Gunners captain will know he should have found the target from Rosicky’s pass which he fired wide.


With Laurent Koscielny suspended for two games, Arsene Wenger was forced to field Sebastien Squillaci alongside Johan Djourou, and the latter almost got onto to scoresheet but Karl Henry cleared off his line. When Wolves did threaten, Lukasz Fabianksi was on hand to keep out efforts from Kevin Doyle and Christophe Berra, which will have boosted the Pole’s confidence no end. He was relieved to see Bacary Sagna brilliantly block from Nenad Milijas after a rare midfield slip from Jack Wilshere nearly cost the Gunners.


Arshavin was back to something approaching his best and he hit the woodwork and away as Arsenal looked to double their lead. With seconds remaining, as a late Wolves attack broke down, Fabregas found Chamakh who found the net from the edge of the area with a cool finish for Arsenal to take a well deserved three points back to north London.