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Wolves 0 Arsenal 2 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves slip to a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at Molineux.

A dejected Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers after a missed chance (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Made a pretty sharp save to keep out Nketiah before Arsenal took the lead through Saka.

Patricio could not really do anything about that strike, and Lacazette took his goal well too, as the Portuguese's run of clean sheets came to an end. 6

Willy Boly

An uncharacteristic display from the Frenchman on the right of the back three.

Stuck out a bit of a lazy leg and failed to stop Cedric's crossfield pass in the build-up to the first and generally looked unsure against Aubameyang. 5

Conor Coady

The skipper was not at either and given a fair few problems by the tricky Nketiah.

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He was then caught flat-footed for Arsenal's second as Lacazette nipped in to fire the ball home and put the result beyond any doubt. 5

Romain Saiss

The Moroccan picked up his 10th booking of the season as Wolves got increasingly frustrated towards the end.

Lost his footing and fell to the floor as Willock almost added a third for the visitors late on. 5

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Matt Doherty

The ball took a big deflection off him as the Gunners broke the deadlock through Saka.

Did not make his presence felt going forward and ended up being taken off for Neto, although things got worse after that change. 5

Ruben Neves

Like everyone else, was far from his best, but he did at least make a decent start to the game.

Also cleared Willock's effort off the line at the death to stop Arsenal making it 3-0. 6

Leander Dendoncker

Kept his place in the starting XI after a brilliant match-winning display at Villa.

Unfortunately, though, Dendoncker barely got into this game aside from a wayward header from a Traore cross and was taken off after 55 minutes. 5

Joao Moutinho

His set-pieces were really poor and he also gave the ball away cheaply a fair few times.

So often operating with such class and precision in midfield, Moutinho's aim was well off in this one. It is strange to say, but he had a bad game. 5

Jonny Castro Otto

Dragged a first-time shot wide of the far post in the first half.

Aside from that, the Spaniard did not do anything noticeable going forward, but he did not do anything significantly bad defensively either. 6

Adama Traore

Not as effective playing as a striker with Jimenez. He is a winger, for sure.

Should have made it 1-1 as he chipped the ball over. Still, he was involved in one Wolves' few moments going forward. 6

Raul Jimenez

Headed wide from a Traore cross while under pressure from Cedric.

Otherwise, Jimenez very much struggled to get into the game and did not trouble the famously-wobbly Luiz. 5

Subs

Diogo Jota (for Dendoncker, 55)

Wolves looked better for a spell after he came on, and he released Traore for his chance to make it 1-1. 6

Pedro Neto (for Doherty, 71)

Did not make much of an impact while moving Traore to wing-back saw Wolves lose their shape. 5

Morgan Gibbs-White (for Moutinho, 89)

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Not used: Ruddy (gk), Kilman, Buur, Vinagre, Jordao, Campana

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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