3 standout Arsenal players from 2-1 victory over Wolves

  • Arsenal enjoyed a great weekend after beating Wolves on Saturday
  • Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka both starred
  • Gabriel Jesus was influential in both goals
Arsenal FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
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Arsenal blew Wolves away in the first 15 minutes, going 2-0 up in style. Dominating the rest of the game too, the Gunners made it harder for themselves by giving away a goal late into the game. However, the boys in red stood strong and brought home the three points.

There was some lovely, flowing football being played but only scoring two goals will be considered an issue by Mikel Arteta. Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard and Eddie Nketiah should all have gotten onto the scoresheet.

It was a very solid defensive performance though. William Saliba and Gabriel's partnership continues to get better and better, complimenting each other's skill set perfectly and monsters in aerial and ground duels.

I thought Kai Havertz had a good cameo from the bench and that both Leandro Trossard and Takehiro Tomiyasu had great games. Tomiyasu is keeping Ben White out of the team right now, through no fault of White's. However, there were three players ahead of the rest on the pitch.

3 Standout Players from Solid Premier League Win

Without further ado, let's get into the 3 standout players from our solid league win.

1. Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka is world class.

He was absolutely fantastic against Wolves. He terrorised Wolves' left side, always probing and checking for weaknesses.

His goal was brilliantly taken, making brilliant use of the doubling up that he is always subject to. He teases two Wolves players before passing it to Jesus, and Saka is the most proactive player, leaving three Wolves players in his wake.

He then receives it from Takehiro Tomiyasu and somehow manages to take it past Craig Dawson, albeit with some luck. The finish is then composed and Arsenal are 1-0 up.

As usual, he was brilliant defensively too, putting in three tackles and never failing to track back. Bukayo Saka is carrying Arsenal on his back this season, with the most offensive contributions by a margin (five goals and five assists). Our starboy!

2. Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard
Arsenal FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League / Julian Finney/GettyImages

As good as Bukayo Saka was, Martin Odegaard was the best player on the pitch.

The Norwegian put in a special performance, dishing out chances like there was no tomorrow. He put Leandro Trossard through on goal with a skill move that only Odegaard can combine with such a good pass.
He then slotted Nketiah through late on in the game, with the English striker hitting the post when he really should have put the game to bed. Odegaard created three big chances and had a whopping six key passes; the fact that he didn't leave the game with an assist is an indictment of the rest of the squad.

Thankfully, Odegaard did score a goal. Left with plenty of space on the edge of the box, when Oleksandr Zinchenko's cutback made its way to him, there was no doubt about what would happen next. Odegaard smashed the ball in with his sidefoot, leaving José Sá with no chance (and injured!).

It's a finish that Martin seems to have mastered recently which is fantastic. He can rely on his wingers and full-backs finding him in space like that, and it seems likely that Odegaard will score plenty of goals with that exact finish.

3. Gabriel Jesus

Goals may not be his strong suit but, fortunately, Gabriel Jesus is invaluable in other ways.

Despite not scoring or assisting, Gabriel Jesus played a pivotal role in both goals. For the first goal, he pinned a Wolves defender perfectly before laying off the ball to Tomiyasu.

For the second, his pass back to Zinchenko is incredibly well-weighted. It gives Zinchenko the time to look up and see what is happening in the box as well as making it easy for him to deliver the ball to Odegaard. It was a perfect goal both in terms of execution and technique.

Gabriel Jesus wasn't massively involved in the game judging by his 19 touches but whenever he was involved, things went well. He should have scored with a chance at the back post, although it was a difficult chance.

He also should have had a penalty for a foul when he was about to head in from a few yards away. However, despite his missed chances and minimal involvement, Jesus still had a huge influence on the game, which shows what kind of player the Brazilian is.

With just a goal and no assists in nine Premier League games, most players would not be having a good season. It is a testament to how versatile Jesus is that that isn't the case for him. Goal contributions will come eventually.