Chamakh double secures 3 points

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Arsenal travelled to Molineux after a disappointing result against Newcastle United at home. Wolves last beat Arsenal in the league 31 years ago. Laurent Koscielny was suspended for Arsenal while Matt Jarvis started his 100th league game for Wolves.

Arsenal made 3 changes to the side that faced Newcastle with Arshavin,Rosicky and Djourou replacing Walcott, Nasri and Koscielny. Wolves brought Michael Mancienne into the side in place of Stephen Hunt who started against Man Utd last week.

The start couldn’t have been better for Arsenal with Marouane Chamakh scoring from a header just after 38 seconds into the game. It was Arsenal’s fastest goal in the Premier League. Arshavin got a chance to wrap up the match just after Chamakh scored but his shot was saved by Hanheman. It was another quiet night for Fabregas who shouldv’e scored from a Rosicky pass but shot just wide of the Wolves goal. Most of the people blamed Fabianski for the goal that Carrol scored at the Emirates but the Polish keeper was out to answer his critics last night and he did that with a world class performance.He kept out one deflected Matt Jarvis cross, made a couple of  magnificent saves from Kevin Doyle who looked to be Wolves most threatening player. But he saved the best for the last when he denied Milijas in injury time. Arsenal were living dangerously and it looked like Wolves might rescue a point when they were constantly attacking in the injury time. Stephen Hunt’s corner was flicked on at the far post and Stearman headed it towards the goal only to be cleared off the line by Tomas Rosicky. Deep in injury time, Chamakh raced onto a pass by Fabregas and wraped up the match for Arsenal with a neat finish. It was Chamakh’s eighth goal of the season.  In doing so, Marouane Chamakh set a new record yesterday for longest time between 2 goals scored by the same player in the same game – 92 minutes 29 seconds

There was a bit of controversy when Fabregas fouled Ward who needed to be stretchered off. Most of the people expected Referee Mark Halsey to pull out a red card but he only booked Fabregas which angered the home fans.Fabregas went to the home dressing- room to apologise. That was accepted by the player and Mick McCarthy.

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McCarthy added: ‘I’ve not problem with the tackle and I appreciate the apology from him.’

‘I think it was accidental. That’s what Cesc told me – that he touched him but he wanted to play the ball. He went to the dressing room and apologised to the player. I haven’t seen the tackle yet, it was very difficult to see because the linesman was in front of me. He said it was completely accidental,’ said Wenger.

On the difficult match against Wolves, the Arsenal gaffer said: ‘Overall it was a committed game and a very correct one. Wolves were physically very strong tonight and kept a high tempo for 90 minutes and I must say I was impressed by them. But I was as well impressed by our spirit, our determination and our resilience. Today we have seen a side of my team that will be very important throughout the season.’

Lukasz Fabianski displayed a man of the match performance and Arsene Wenger was all in praise of his goal keeper : ‘I think he did extremely well and made a fantastic save in the last minute of the game. He was of course disappointed with the goal we conceded against Newcastle on Sunday but overall it’s good that not only he had a good game tonight but as well that he has the mental strength to respond quickly in a positive way.’

Arsenal stays in 3rd position with the win, just a point behind Man United and 5 behind league leaders Chelsea.


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