Wolves vs Arsenal LIVE: TV channel, stream, score – Odegaard fires Gunners ahead, Xhaka forced OFF with early injury

    ARSENAL are facing Wolves RIGHT NOW knowing they could open up a five-point lead at the top of the Prem with a win.

    But the Gunners have been hit with a big early blow, with talisman Granit Xhaka forced off with injury.

    The clash will be the last before Julen Lopetegui takes charge of Wolves, with the Midlands side sitting in the relegation zone.

    It has been quite the opposite for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who will be TOP of the league for Christmas following Manchester City’s loss to Brentford earlier.

    • Kick-off: 7.45pm
    • TV/live stream: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football
    • Wolves XI: Sa, Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Gomes, Bueno, Neves, Traore, Moutinho, Adama, Guedes
    • Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

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    • GOAL! Wolves 0 – 1 Arsenal

      54, Odegaard breaks the deadlock!

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      52, Thomas Partey is shown a yellow card for a trip on Nelson Semedo on the halfway line.

      The home crowd are delighted to see the referee reach for a card for an Arsenal player after they felt a couple of decisions went against their team in the first half.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      50, Wolves are repeatedly finding space in behind the Arsenal full backs when they get forward.

      They just haven’t had the quality when its mattered.

      This time Adama Traore gets a pass to Goncalo Guedes in the middle all wrong and Saliba clears.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      48, The second half has quickly settled into the same pattern as the first with Arsenal passing the ball from side to side looking for a weakness in the Wolves defence, before the home side win it back and attempt to break quickly.

      Both teams have lacked quality in attack so far this evening.

    • Second half: Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      46, We’re back underway here at Molineux.

      There’s a lot riding on this second half.

      Will Arsenal open up a five-point gap at the top of the table or can Wolves lift themselves off the bottom of the Premier League?

      Let’s find out!

    • Julen Lopetegui

      The new Wolves head coach was introduced to the home fans ahead of kick off.

      He’ll have some time to work with his new team while the Premier League takes a break for the World Cup in Qatar.

      The second half is coming up next!

    • Stalemate

      This contest has been a real scrap between two teams with plenty on the line.

      The two managers are utilising totally opposite tactics in this match.

      Arsenal are being very patient in possession but are struggling to create any clear-cut chances.

      Wolves are looking to hit Arsenal on the break as soon as they win the ball and have created a couple of sights of goal, the best of which falling to Goncalo Guedes from Saliba’s mistake.

      It’s all to play for in the second half.

    • Half-Time Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      45+2, Odegaard’s cross into the box is cleared by the Wolves defence and the referee blows for half time.

      We’re goalless at the break.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      45+1, Boubacar Traore goes into the referee’s notebook for bundling Gabriel Jesus over on the edge of the Wolves penalty area.

      Arsenal have a free-kick in a promising position right at the end of the first half…

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      45, We’re going to have two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      44, So close from Guedes!

      It’s a poor mistake by Saliba as his pass back to Aaron Ramsdale is intercepted by Guedes.

      The Wolves attacker attempts to curl the ball beyond the goalkeeper but sends his effort a couple of yards wide of the far post.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      41, There’s a bit more purpose to Arsenal’s play as we approach the end of the first half.

      But they’ve found little joy against a Wolves defence that have acquitted themselves well thus far.

      Can either side find a goal before the interval?

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      37, Toti picks up the first yellow card of the evening for a trip on Gabriel Jesus.

      The home team are asking Stuart Attwell why he has decided to book the Wolves player for an incident that wan’t dissimilar to Odegaard’s earlier foul.

      The referee is public enemy number one at Molineux at the moment.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      35, The assistant’s flag had belatedly gone up for offside so it wouldn’t have counted had it gone in.

      That’s more like it from Arsenal though.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      35, Out of nowhere Gabriel Jesus hits the crossbar!

      Arsenal break forward quickly and Saka eventually plays the ball through to Gabriel Jesus on the left side of Wolves’ penalty area.

      The Brazilian cuts inside and shoots but the ball clips the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      33, Martinelli sends a dangerous ball in but its well-cleared by the Wolves defence.

      So far Arsenal haven’t looked like the team that we’ve come used to seeing create chances at will.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      32, Partey sends a long throw into the Wolves penalty area and the ball bounces off Ruben Neves and out for a corner…

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      29, Joao Moutinho looks to break forward with the ball but is pulled back by Odegaard near the halfway line.

      A second fortunate reprieve for an Arsenal player in the space of two minutes.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      27, Ben White is getting a bit upset after he is denied what he thinks should be a corner.

      The Arsenal defender throws the ball towards the assistant referee in frustration but somehow avoids being booked by the referee.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      24, Gabriel Jesus puts a header wide.

      The Brazilian was looking to glance Fabio Vieira’s cross into the far corner of Jose Sa’s goal but the ball skids comfortably wide of the post.

      The game’s starting to get going now.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      23, All of Arsenal’s most promising attacks seem to be coming down Martinelli’s side of the pitch.

      The Brazilian is almost played in behind by Zinchenko but the ball hits him on the back and Wolves clear.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      20, Chance for Wolves.

      The home team nick the ball and break at pace.

      Nelson Semedo plays a pass in behind the Arsenal defence for his compatriot Goncalo Guedes to run onto, but the Wolves attacker can’t keep his effort on target from a tight angle.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      18, It will be interesting to see how Xhaka’s absence affects Arsenal.

      Fabio Vieira is certainly an able replacement but the midfield will lack Xhaka’s experience and bite in the tackle.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      16, Granit Xhaka can’t continue.

      The former Arsenal captain has given it a good go but he doesn’t feel well enough to stay on the pitch.

      Mikel Arteta introduces Fabio Vieira in his place.

    • Wolves 0 – 0 Arsenal

      14, Just as I say that Arsenal nearly score.

      Saka’s attempted cross deflects off the defender and almost squirts in at Jose Sa’s near post but the Portuguese goalkeeper does well to react and pushes it behind for a corner.

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