A second-half brace from Martin Odegaard saw us beat Wolves and move five points clear at the top of the Premier League table before the World Cup break.
Our skipper scored twice after the restart to secure the victory we deserved for a dominant display at Molineux, meaning we have now won three successive league games without conceding for the first time since July 2020.
stagnation at rest
The first half hour belonged to us as we opened up some decent half chances without getting on the scoreboard. Gabriel Jesús had the ball in the net after five minutes, but he had strayed for offside, and Bukayo Saka’s deflected cross sent José Sa over the crossbar.
But we suffered a setback when Granit Xhaka was sent off after just 15 minutes, and Wolves almost capitalized during a reshuffling period when a quick counter-attack saw Adama Traore feed Goncalo Guedes, who was one step away from drilling into the top corner.
However, we settled back in and Jesús finished off a deflected header from Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross, before the Brazilian hit the crossbar that Saka was playing inside, clipping his right foot inside and taking aim.
Despite our dominance, the game remained on a knife edge and the old gold team had a golden opportunity to take the lead at the interval when Guedes pounced on a William Saliba back pass and seemed destined to score. , but a brilliant slide block from Gabriel rescued his defensive partner.
Odegaard in the double
It seemed that the first goal would be crucial and, fortunately for us, we achieved it 10 minutes into the second half with a well-crafted play. Gabriel Martinelli collected the ball down the middle and fed it to his international colleague Jesús, who passed it to Fabio Vieira inside the box. He managed to commit Sa and dink the ball inviting it across the box, where Odegaard was available to play home.
That saw us take a lead we deserved, and we almost managed to double it shortly after when Martinelli saw an effort from a tight angle causing Sa some trouble, but with 15 minutes to go our skipper managed to get his and our second to put us in firm control.
The attack began with Martinelli winning the ball at the Wolves right back and finding Zinchenko who saw a dangerous low ball repelled into Martinelli’s way. His low shot was saved by Sa’s foot, but Odegaard drilled the rebound to score his sixth of the campaign.
In their final game under interim control of Steve Davis, the hosts pushed until the end to try to get back into the competition and Daniel Podence came so close to scoring a bicycle kick after playing, but we stood our ground to sign. out before the World Cup in perfect fashion.
We now have 44 days to wait for our next league match, when West Ham United head to the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day after the World Cup, before 2022 is topped off with a New Year’s Eve trip to Brighton & Hove Albion.
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