I don’t know what was more galling – not scoring the second goal or conceding a very soft one.
Those drifting crosses that sneak in at the far post always taste horrible on the way down, but if Costa or Jota had taken care of business at the other end it wouldn’t have mattered.
It’s harsh to single out Costa who enjoyed a splendid game and caused Arsenal all sorts of grief, but his lack of end product was again expensive.
Similarly Jota who would have attacked that inch perfect lay off from Jimenez with greater ferocity last season when confidence was in abundance.
Credit Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal for smothering both of the above and Adama Traore’s late surge, but one of those should have found the mark.
That doesn’t even factor in the splendid Gibbs-White effort, which capped a textbook ‘what if’ performance.
Still, so much to feel good about again in the overall showing. Wolves were for periods, not only competing, but the better side in a contest against one of the big six.
All the positive aspects of our performances a month ago were on display, most notably winning back possession in the opposition’s defensive third and overloading down the flanks to create openings.
Cavaleiro’s splendidly worked opener was a byproduct of both and unlike his colleagues he produced a finish every bit as incisive as the build-up play.
Why he’s continually hooked with half an hour to go is anyone’s guess. He is now statistically our most potent player by some distance if we’re talking ratio of goals to minutes. I’d give him more minutes myself.
Jimenez really thrived in the end-to-end environment and aside from his cute lay-offs to Cavaleiro for the goal and Jota for what should have been a second, his all round contribution was superb.
If we’re being hyper-critical I thought the midfield could have used the ball more intelligently at times, particularly in the second half and various others were guilty of turning over possession far too cheaply.
We were strong at the back again after looking iffy against Spurs. Despite Arsenal inevitably sweeping through on one or two occasions and Aubameyang’s horror miss, we couldn’t have expected much better.
It’s perhaps overly simplistic to repeat the point but the only thing missing really is the finish. Goals will reward defensively sound performances like these and bail us out when we aren’t quite as measly at the back.
Still, you’ve got to play well to beat Wolves these days and that applies to everyone, which is still more than enough for me.