First thing’s first, best wishes to Raul from all of us at Wolves Blog.
It feels wrong to be writing about a game of football when our number nine is still recuperating from that sickening clash with David Luiz.
The news this morning that he’s suffered a fractured skull is worrying, so our thoughts are with him. Hopefully won’t be too long before he is back at home with his family.
It was asking a lot of his teammates to play on after such an upsetting scene, let alone win the game.
So, I think we can all feel justifiably proud of the lads for heading back from the Emirates with three points.
I won’t pretend that I didn’t fear the worst when I heard the news that Nuno had decided to persist with four at the back.
As creative as we were against Southampton, we had looked far too ragged in defence for this (admittedly cautious) blogger’s liking.
Fast forward to now and I’m kicking myself for ever doubting our Special One.
This was arguably our most exciting performance of the season, with Arsenal’s defence unable to cope with a four-pronged forward line that was playing with the handbrakes firmly off.
Spare a thought for Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, who were traumatised all night by Neto and Adama respectively.
Both of our buccaneering wingers were a good shout for MOTM, though the Spaniard is surely still smarting after Michael Oliver’s decision to book him for having the temerity to go down after being fouled in the box.
Unlike VAR, the fleet-footed and match-winning Podence did not go missing when called upon.
Credit to the diminutive Portuguese for a skilful winner – if he and Neto can do that more consistently, our re-jigged line-up will become even more of a thrill to watch.
Compatriots Moutinho and Silva are also deserving of a shout-out – the first for another lung-busting midfield display and the latter for a promising showing in trying circumstances.
Eyes will be on our record signing in the coming weeks, but I’m adamant we’ve a real player on our hands. All he needs is time and a little bit of patience.
For now, Wolves are sitting pretty in sixth after a mixed start.
And on tonight’s evidence, we’re going to need to rejig the lyrics to Nuno Had a Dream before long.
Four at the back and four in attack anyone?