Player ratings as Pepe & Lacazette strike late for Gunners comeback – XenBet

Arsenal secured a late comeback win over Wolves thanks to a dramatic 95th minute winner from Alexandre Lacazette, which now leaves them just one point off the Premier League top four with two games in hand on Manchester United above them.

The Gunners trailed for most of the game at the Emirates Stadium after an early Hwang Hee-chan goal gave Wolves an early lead. But Nicolas Pepe equalised late on, before Lacazette went on to complete the turnaround deep into stoppage time.

Wolves had flexed their muscles straight from kick-off when Romain Saiss flicked the ball into the net from a corner. VAR came to Arsenal’s rescue on that occasion, ruling it offside, but there was nothing to save them when Hwang latched onto Gabriel’s blind back pass.

Moments later, Raul Jimenez snatched at a golden chance to extend the lead. Arsenal were on the ropes at that stage and only 12 minutes were on the clock, but the Gunners were able to gain a foothold and started to ask questions of a resilient Wolves.

Martin Odegaard looked to get the hosts going by pulling the string, although peppering the Wolves goal only resulted in one shot on target by half-time thanks to a combination of wayward finishing and/or timely blocks. At the break, Jose Sa closing down Gabriel Martinelli as the Brazilian tried to lift it up and over was about the closest they had come.

Soon after the restart, only a smart save from Aaron Ramsdale stopped Hwang from getting another. Arsenal, meanwhile, still struggled to find the target when Lacazette fired high and wide on the spin in the penalty area.

Lacazette did get one on target as the game ticked into the final 20 minutes but Sa was equal to it. At that stage, it looked as though Arsenal’s chance to get something was ebbing away, until Odegaard’s defence splitting pass found Eddie Nkektiah, who in turned found Pepe. The Ivorian’s turn and finish showed the kind of clinical quality that fans haven’t seen often enough.

Both sides traded more chances, but it was left for the talismanic Lacazette to steal the headlines when he fired across the goal with only seconds left. It may get taken off him in due course thanks to the deflection off Sa’s hand, but he and the fans won’t care one bit.

Gabriel was guilty of a costly error

Gabriel was guilty of a costly error / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 7/10 – Left in no-man’s land by Gabriel’s back pass. Made a key save to deny Hwang a second goal after half-time.

Cedric Soares (RB) – 5/10 – Largely held his own but didn’t get forward with much effectiveness. Tactically sacrificed later on.

Ben White (CB) – 5/10 – Didn’t cover himself in glory when Wolves broke the deadlock and could have been better with the ball.

Gabriel (CB) – 4/10 – Guilty of gifting Wolves their early goal.

Kieran Tierney (LB) – 6/10 – More of an attacking contributor than Cedric on the other side, but not much.

Granit Xhaka was disappointing

Granit Xhaka was disappointing / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

Thomas Partey (CM) – 7/10 – Arsenal were able to exert some control after a shaky start because he was good on both sides of the ball.

Granit Xhaka (CM) – 5/10 – Off the pace and gave the ball away a few times.

Martin Odegaard (AM) – 8/10 – Looked a bright spark for the Gunners. Carved open Wolves otherwise ironclad defence for the equaliser.

Alexandre Lacazette was guilty of wayward finishing

Alexandre Lacazette was guilty of wayward finishing / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Bukayo Saka (RW) – 6/10 – Sharp cutting in from the right but it didn’t always lead to something meaningful.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 8/10 – Struggled to hit the target for much of the match. But he showed his leadership when he tried to whip up the home crowd in the closing stages and got the winner.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – 6/10 – Had a chance late in the first half but couldn’t lift the ball over Sa before he was closed down.

Nicolas Pepe grabbed the equaliser with a fine finish

Nicolas Pepe grabbed the equaliser with a fine finish / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

Nicolas Pepe (RW) – 7/10 – Made a huge impact off the bench with a perfect swivel and calm finish to get Arsenal back into it.

Eddie Nketiah (ST) – 7/10 – Laid on the equaliser for his fellow sub.

Nuno Tavares (LB) – N/A

Jose Sa was gutted to be beaten twice

Jose Sa was gutted to be beaten twice / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

Jose Sa (GK) – 6/10 – A big save with just under 20 minutes to go kept Arsenal at bay. But it ultimately wasn’t enough as he was beaten twice.

Max Kilman (CB) – 7/10 – Another impressive performance and arguably unlucky to end up on the losing side.

Conor Coady (CB) – 6/10 – Led well as always from the heart of defence. Defended well on the front foot, stepping up to win the ball.

Romain Saiss (CB) – 6/10 – Had the ball in the net early but VAR ruled it out. Had done well but lost the movement of Pepe for the equaliser.

Nelson Semedo had to go off early

Nelson Semedo had to go off early / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Nelson Semedo (RWB) – 6/10 – Had done well. Unfortunate to be forced off with half an hour still to play by what looked like a hamstring injury.

Ruben Neves (CM) – 6/10 – Frustrated Arsenal for much of the game but lost his grip towards the end.

Joao Moutinho (CM) – 6/10 – Again, frustrated the Gunners. Probably wasn’t as good with the ball as has come to be expected.

Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) – 6/10 – Was a threat when he got forward.

Hwang Hee-chan impressed with his pressing

Hwang Hee-chan impressed with his pressing / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Daniel Podence (RW) – 7/10 – A real creative spark and danger.

Raul Jimenez (ST) – 6/10 – Had a bit of a thankless task because Arsenal dominated possession but was effective as a focal point without the ball.

Hwang Hee-chan (LW) – 7/10 – Sharpest to react when Gabriel’s blind back pass put him in on goal. Pressed well from the front in general.

Pedro Neto got more minutes after a long spell out

Pedro Neto got more minutes after a long spell out / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

Jonny (RWB) – 6/10 – First appearance in 11 months after long-term injury.

Pedro Neto (RW) – 6/10 – Had the chance to put Wolves back in front.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – N/A

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