Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Arsenal 1
Neves 28, Doherty 37, Jota 47, Sokratis 80

Arsenal succumbed to a first half mauling by Wolves, who raced to a three goal lead at the break. RubĂ©n Neves hit a free kick from 25 yards after Nacho Monreal bundled over Jonny. Granit Xhaka and Sokrtais appeared to turn away in the wall as the ball flew past Bernd Leno for the opener. The Gunners were able to play and pass, but without substance. The home side doubled their advantage when Matt Doherty headed in from Jonny’s cross as Arsenal switched off from a corner, and in first half stoppage time, Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan contrived to give the ball away enabling Diogo Jota to race away and fire a shot which went under Leno. Despite having three quarters of the possession, Arsenal didn’t test Rui Patricio, until the 80th minute when Sokratis headed in from Xhaka’s corner. But this was a poor Arsenal, almost a replica to the jaded one of last season. Back to back losses mean that they’ll have it all to do to finish in the top four.

Unai Emery made seven changes to the starting line up, but the absence of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a surprise. We later learned that the Gabon striker had minor nasal surgery and will be assessed ahead on Sunday’s trip to Leicester City.

Wolves hadn’t beaten Arsenal in forty years, but the side that eased past Chelsea, Spurs and Manchster United would soon have another top six scalp in their sights. The West Midlands’ side had one foot in a Wembely FA Cup final a few weeks ago, only for Watford to deny them. Not feeling sorry for themselves, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were energised and up of the fight in front of a raucous crowd.

Although Mesut Ozil started, his influence on the game was negligible at a time when he and his team mates needed to step up. Lacazette ploughed along alone in attack, and should have had a penalty when Ryan Bennett caught him with a knee to his back. Wolves were not going to be denied however and are on track for a top ten finish. For Emery it was another reminder of how the Premier League is no repspcter of reputation.

He said, “In the first 25 minutes we started very well, controlled the possession but did not have many chances to score.

“We spoke in the dressing room at half-time and we tried to see it as a new match and in the second half we changed our performance and scored a goal. We can be frustrated but the Premier League is about being consistent over 38 matches.”

Arsenal now need slip ups from United an Chelsea, and the face each other after the Gunners travel to Leicester.

“Today we’re disappointed but we need to remember how we were three months ago. We can be optimistic and recover for the top four.”