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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • RĂºben Neves (28')
  • Matthew Doherty (37')
  • Diogo Jota (45'+2')
  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos (80')

Arsenal's top-four hopes take another hit in lopsided loss to Wolverhampton

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Wolves wound woeful Arsenal's top 4 hunt (1:24)

Arsenal's top four hopes took another major hit in a 3-1 defeat to Wolves, their second straight Premier League defeat. (1:24)

Arsenal missed out on their chance to get back into the Premier League's top four after three first-half goals from Wolverhampton put them on the losing end of a 3-1 match at Molineux on Wednesday night.

Arsenal, fresh off a lacklustre loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday, had the better of the opening 25 minutes, but found themselves down 1-0 in the 28th when Ruben Neves smashed home a free kick from 20 yards after a Nacho Monreal foul on Jonny.

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The hosts would go three up before half-time to further compound Arsenal's woe as Matthew Doherty headed an inch-perfect Jonny cross past Bernd Leno and Diogo Jota finished off a hard-charging run into the visitors' penalty area with a low line drive that the Gunners keeper should have handled.

Arsenal were unable to find their first and manager Unai Emery brought on Sead Kolasinac in the 58th minute and Edward Nketiah to try to find a way through a resolute Wolves defence.

The Gunners finally scored just before 80 minutes when Sokratis Papastathopoulos out-jumped his marker and headed a corner kick home to cut Wolves lead to 3-1, but it was too little too late.

The result, Wolves first win home win against Arsenal in 41 years, leaves the Gunners in fifth place on 66 points, trailing fourth-place Chelsea on 67 points and ahead of sixth-place Manchester United.

Emery remained confident they can finish in the top four.

"We can be frustrated but the Premier League is about being consistent over 38 matches," the Spaniard said.

"Today we're disappointed but we need to remember how we were three months ago.

"We can be optimistic and recover for the top four."

Wolves have now picked up 16 points in their matches against the current top six this season with wins over Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and now Arsenal.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16