By Johnny Edward:
Alex Iwobi was hurled off at halftime as boss Unai Emery made an early tactical substitution, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers in Sunday’s English Premier League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Super Eagles star asserted himself well in the first half during which the Gunners chased the game.
At the start of the second half, Emery opted for tactical substitution, and Iwobi was sacrificed for Matteo Guendouzi.
The change in setup did not initially have the desired effect, as it took until the hour mark for Arsenal to register their first on-target attempt through Lucas Torreira’s long effort.
Ivan Cavaleiro put Wolverhampton Wanderers in front 13 minutes into the game but Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s fortunate late goal earned the Gunners a point from the encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
The draw stretched Arsenal’s their unbeaten run in all competitions to 16 matches.
Cavaleiro, picked up the ball in central midfield after Granit Xhaka let it roll right past him, before exchanging passes with Raul Jimenez and tucking past Bernd Leno.
That goal marked the first time that Wanderers had ever taken the lead in a Premier League game with Sunday’s opponents – a run spanning eight matches.
The Gunners finally appeared to spark into life with over a quarter of the contest played, but Wolves quickly countered from Alexandre Lacazette’s blocked shot and should have had a second.
Helder Costa was kept out by Leno inside the box and the German goalkeeper quickly pounced on the loose ball to prevent Jimenez from firing home.
Leno also denied Costa’s attempt later in the half, from the edge of the box, while Jimenez fired a shot wide after making the most of a scuffed Shkodran Mustafi clearance.
Arsenal, for all their possession, struggled for to create a clear-cut chance until 18 minutes from time when Hector Bellerin guided a shot over the crossbar from a good position.
Bellerin then picked out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle, but the Gabonese striker could only turn the ball onto the post from six yards.
Then came a pivotal moment in the match as, moments after Diogo Jota had missed a glorious opportunity at one end, being denied by Leno when picked out at the end of a counter, fellow sub-Mkhitaryan found the net at the