Arsenal secured a 2-0 win over Wolves thanks to a second-half Martin Odegaard double. The win gives the Gunners a five-point lead at the summit as the league now presses pause for the World Cup.
Mikel Arteta named an unchanged side as he stuck with the same XI that defeated Chelsea 1-0 last time out.
Arsenal had the ball in the back of the net early on after Martinelli found Gabriel Jesus, who took a touch and lashed home, but the offside flag was raised.
Granit Xhaka was forced off after 14 minutes, with Fabio Vieira replacing him, as the Swiss midfielder didn’t look comfortable from the outset.
The first half never hit any real heights, as Arsenal lacked energy going forward. It was a sluggish half, with Wolves looking dangerous on the counter. The Gunners got to the main break level with a big upturn in performance needed.
Arsenal took the lead a mere nine minutes after the restart. Gabriel Jesus found Fabio Vieira, who produced a neat clip back to Martin Odegaard, who tapped home from close range.
With 15 minutes remaining, Arsenal doubled its lead. A cut back from Zinchenko bobbled around and found its way to Odegaard, who took a touch and hammered home.
The Gunners then saw out the remaining minutes as they now go five points clear at the top of the league.
Goalkeepers and Defenders
Ramsdale (GK) 6/10: Did not have much to do at all tonight, bar the odd save here and there. A scary collision with Adama Traore could have been a lot worse. Overall, a solid night.
White (RB) 6/10: Got forward well in the second half and created overlaps with Saka. Solid enough without being outstanding.
Saliba (CB) 6/10: He made a huge error late in the first half but was bailed out by Gabriel. Looked shaky at times and not his usual self.
Gabriel (CB) 8/10: Sensational from the Brazilian. The last outing in an Arsenal shirt for six weeks was superb. He dealt well with what Wolves threw at him and pushed Odegaard close to Man of the Match honours.
Zinchenko (LB) 6/10: Second game back for the Ukrainian. He moved into the midfield at times, as he usually does. He distributed the ball around well and got forward at every chance. He started the move that ended with Arsenal’s second goal.
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