Arsenal player ratings vs Wolves: Saka and Lacazette help revive Champions League hopes

Bukayo Saka’s first Premier League goal helped give Arsenal a much-needed victory at Wolves as they breathed fresh life into their hopes of playing in Europe next season. Alexandre Lacazette wrapped up a 2-0 win off the bench late on, giving the Gunners their fourth successive win across all competitions.

Mikel Arteta’s men went to Molineux knowing three points was crucial to keeping their hopes of Champions League qualification alive. 

Despite dominating possession, Arsenal struggled to carve out any first-half opportunities in a tight affair – until Kieran Tierney’s cross deflected into the path of Saka, who spun to fire a brilliant effort into the corner.

Wolves improved after the break without fashioning a slew of clear-cut goalscoring chances, with Adama Traore particularly lively. 

It was the fleet-footed Ivorian who had the hosts’ best chance, clipping over the bar one-on-one after Emiliano Martinez closed down well.

And substitute Lacazette made it 2-0 in the final five minutes as the visitors ground out a clean sheet and earned a massive victory which moves them within six points of fourth place.

But how did the north Londoners perform individually? Express Sport rates and slates Arteta’s charges after they earned their first away win against a top-half team this season.

Arsenal player ratings vs Wolves – Premier League

Emiliano Martinez – 7

Nothing to deal with first half. Came out well to force Adama Traore to chip over the bar in the second half and dealt assuredly with crosses.

Shkodran Mustafi – 6

Drawn in for Traore’s chance, failing to win his tackle and leaving the Arsenal back-line vulnerable. Several poor long balls which asked too much of his team-mates. That said, still helped ensure Arsenal kept a clean sheet.

David Luiz – 6

Became the 33rd player of the season to be booked for a foul on Traore. Good second-half block on a Diogo Jota cross and the best of Arsenal’s defenders.

Sead Kolasinac – 5

Poor positionally and struggled to deal with Traore’s pace as he came across to help out Tierney. 

Cedric Soares – 6

Showed in glimpses why Arteta thinks he’s the best offensive full-back in the squad and also looked better than Hector Bellerin defensively. A solid first start for the club.

Granit Xhaka – 5

Disappointing from the Swiss having been much improved under Arteta. Some sloppy passing and tackling and too easily bypassed by Wolves’ midfield. Booked.


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Dani Ceballos – 5

Didn’t have many passing options but got dragged all over the pitch defensively. More of what Arsenal fans have become accustomed to, rather than the brilliance of his first-half display in midweek. Some good set-piece deliveries but not enough in open play.

Kieran Tierney – 6

Not his finest performance since the restart. Struggled up against Traore, opting to mainly stand off of the pace winger but still getting beaten on most occasions. Was his cross that took a deflection into Saka’s path for the opening goal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6

Struggled to have much of an influence but starved of service, to be fair to him. Looks like he would’ve benefited from playing through the middle. Came alive a bit more late on and nearly earned an assist before Joe Willock’s effort was cleared off the line.

Eddie Nketiah – 6

Typically busy in terms of closing down Wolves’ defenders. Denied by Rui Patricio, who tipped an Nketiah strike on to the post before half-time. Had to be told to make more runs by Mustafi in the first half. Rose well to meet a Ceballos free-kick but headed over the bar and then saw a shot blocked on a promising breakaway.

Bukayo Saka – 7

Brilliant finish to put Arsenal 1-0 up on the cusp of half time but not as effective as in previous matches. Gets marked up one for his goal. Brought off for Willock.


Ainsley Maitland-Niles (on for Tierney, min 56) – 6

Handed his 50th Premier League at left wing-back, helped Arsenal offer fresh legs against Traore.

Joe Willock (on for Saka, min 76) – 6

Great low ball into Lacazette for the second goal. Denied a goal by Ruben Neves soon after.

Hector Bellerin (on for Cedric, min 76) – 6

Helped see out a clean sheet.

Lucas Torreira (on for Ceballos, min 82) – 6

Made a much welcomed return. Booked for time-wasting.

Alexandre Lacazette (on for Nketiah, min 82) – 7

Wrapped up Arsenal’s win with a brilliant first touch and finish.

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