Wolves 0-2 Arsenal: Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette boost Gunners’ top-six hopes with a 2-0 win over Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at Molineux.
The teenager ended speculation over his future this week by penning a new long-term deal and opened the scoring in Sunday’s game with a superb left-footed finish before substitute Alexandre Lacazette wrapped up the win to push his side back into European contention.
Mikel Arteta made three changes to the side that had thumped Norwich, with Cedric Soares making his first start to the club, while Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi were both once again left out of the squad completely.
Wolves were happy to let Arsenal have possession early on and looked the more dangerous side on the break with Adama Traore, but Eddie Nketiah went close to opening the scoring for the visitors, pouncing on a loose ball and almost catching Rui Patricio out at his near post, the ‘keeper reacting just in time to scramble the ball onto the woodwork.
The breakthrough did arrive two minutes before half-time, as Saka displayed terrific technique to direct Kieran Tierney’s deflected cross into the far corner and put the visitors ahead.
The hosts improved after the break and the introduction of Diogo Jota ten minutes into the second-half helped create a pair of chance in quick succession, the Portuguese first having his shot blocked by David Luiz and then slipping in Traore, only for the winger to lift his dinked effort over the bar.
Nketiah missed a decent chance to seal the result, heading over from Dani Ceballos’ free-kick, but substitute Joe Willock teed up Lacazette to make the game safe five minutes from time, the Frenchman producing a lovely first touch and finish.
It would have been three had Ruben Neves not cleared Willock’s effort off the line but Arteta’s side will be pleased with a significant win away from home, one which moves them up to seventh and within five points of what could be a Champions League spot in fifth.