Player ratings as Moutinho marvels at 9-man gunners
Arsenal saw David Luiz and Bernd Leno sent off as Joao Moutinho sentenced the Gunners to a 2-1 Premier League loss to Wolves in Molineux on Tuesday night.
The visitors were dominant from the start with Bukayo Saka hitting the post and having a nice finish ruled out for offside within 10 minutes. The Gunners would eventually take a deserved lead thanks to Nicolas Pepe, who beat two Wolves players before beating Rui Patricio.
In the heart of the first-half stoppage, the game turned upside down, with David Luiz being sent off for a trip over Willian Jose in the box. Ruben Neves converted the resulting penalty to level things off.
Minutes after the break, the hosts moved forward when Joao Moutinho channeled his inside Ruben Neves with a 30-yard howler. Arsenal then compounded their own misery when Bernd Leno was sent off for handling the ball outside the box with just under 20 minutes to go.
Here are the player ratings of your wolves and gunners …
Rui Patricio (GK) – 7/10 – He kept his side with some top tier saves early on.
Nelson Semedo (RB) – 6/10 – Criminal defender for the opener. I should never have dived. His offensive play was correct.
Conor Coady (CB) – 6/10 – Played good progressive and long passes but didn’t seem the most comfortably defensive in the first half.
Wily Boly (CB) – 7/10 – Solid display. He denied Saka a big chance in the first half.
Max Kilman (LB) – 5/10 – Played out of position and it shows. Desperately torn by Saka in the first half. I could have done it with Neto’s help, but his individual defense was still poor.
Ruben Neves (CM) – 7/10 – Has trouble asserting himself in the first half. I kept things neat and tidy when the wolves took over.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – 8/10 – His arrows strike in the top corner is a goal contender of the season. Also completed two key passes.
Daniel Podence (AM) – 7/10 – Tied the midfielder and the attack quite well, also played the ball deep which led to the dismissal of David Luiz.
Adama Traoré (RW) – 6/10 – Completed seven of his nine dribbles, although some of them were a bit scoreless.
Willian Jose (ST) – 7/10 – Won the penalty with a smart run and fall. Also, well kept things. He looks at exactly what wolves need.
Pedro Neto (LW) – 7/10 – Came back to life in the second half after a slow start. His direct stroke was impressive.
Vitinha – 7/10 – Showed his class with a few smart touchdowns and ran off the ball.
Leander Dendoncker – 6/10 – Tightened things up.
Bernd Leno (GK) – 4/10 – A horrible decision-making got him a red card. Made three stops before that.
Hector Bellerin (RB) – 7/10 – Lined well with Saka in the first half to expose Kilman. Forced to sit down after that, which he did effectively.
Rob Holding (CB) – 6/10 – Did his best to keep Wolves at bay, registering eight clears.
David Luiz (CB) – 3/10 – David mate. Please stop sending.
Cédric Soares (LB) – 7/10 – Another awesome display. Jumped forward in the first half and well defended.
Thomas Partey (CM) – 7/10 – Ran the show in the first half, interrupting play and cutting balls at Saka for fun. Remained disciplined.
Granite Xhaka (CM) – 5/10 – Fallen deep and allowed Partey to do his thing from the start.
Emile Smith-Rowe (AM) – 6/10 – Well derived in the half-boxes, until being reduced to a passenger by the red cards.
Bukayo Saka (RW) – 7/10 – He was unplayable in the early stages, hitting the post and having an excluded goal. I worked hard all evening.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 7/10 – Another great performance before being sacrificed for a defender at half-time.
Nicolas Pepe (LW) – 7/10 – Has shown great confidence and deserves a little luck for his goal. Was bright everywhere and was miserable to be transported after an hour.
Gabriel – 6/10 – I haven’t done anything wrong and will now start against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – 5/10 – I looked a little offbeat. Then again, there was little he could do when Arsenal came down to nine.
Runar Alex Runarsson – 6/10 – I managed not to concede after being awakened from his normal nap to replace Leno.