Arsenal 1 Wolverhampton Wanderes 1
Aubameyang 21 Jimenez 76

Arsenal were pegged back by a determined Wolverhampton Wanderers after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given the Gunnerrs a first half lead at the Emirates. The visitors had continuously tested the Arsenal resolve, with Bernd Leno having to make two crucial saves to keep his side in the match. Wolves however kept on probing, their leveller had been coming. Raul Jimenez out jumped Sokrtais and Calum Chambers to nod in Joao Moutinho’s hooked cross to make it 1-1. Although Arsenal had Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka amongst the striker force on the pitch at the final whistle, Wolves keeper Rui Patricio was rarely threatened, despite the efforts of Mesut Ozil who was cheered throughout the match on a rare start in the Premier League.

After the Carabao Cup dramatics at Anfield, Unai Emery made. nine changes to the line up here, with the Emirates faithful cheered by the news that Mesut Ozil would start. Following his controversial substitution in the draw with Crystal Palace last week end, Granit Xhaka was omitted from the squad, the captain’s armband being awarded to Aubameyang.

Wolves have had good games in N5 in the past and we’re determined not to dent their sequence of not having lost in the capital in the last seven visits. Both Kiernan Tierney and Calum Chambers were passed by a spirited Wolves start, where the powerful Adama Traore was proving to be a handful. Having had some trying moments, Arsenal seemed to settle, with Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos and Ozil trying to pick their way past a sea of Wolves amber where Aubameyang and Lacazette awaited.

The source of the Arsenal opener however came from the combination of Chambers and David Luiz, the latter in the right wing position. His low cross found Lacazette, and the France striker kept the ball along the ground to feed Aubameyang to slot home for his 50th Arsenal goal. That should have settled the home side further, but it did anything but.

Leno reacted with a fine save to deny Matt Doherty, while Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Rubén Neves also tested the Gunners’ German keeper. Jimenez’s leveller further inspired the visitors whose tactics to defend deep and counter with precision and pace had the Emirates faithful totally frustrated.

Ozil, Saka, and later Sead Kolasinac sent over crosses which Romain Saiss in particular was alert to. No appearance from Nicolas Pepe had the Arsenal fans further frustrated and it wasn’t hard to disagree with that stance, and especially given how Emery was charged with changing a mentality so evident in Arsene Wenger’s latter years.

Have the Gunners improved since then? Results and their position in the table suggests not. Emery will want to arrest the malaise as quickly as is feasible and then seek something akin to last season’s 22 games unbeaten run.