Arsenal disappointed again when they drew with Wolves at the Emirates, while Champions League rivals Leicester won at Crystal Palace. Tottenham also dropped points, at Everton, while Newcastle and Chelsea respectively recorded victories over West Ham and Watford. In the second part of our Premier League review, The Coaches’ Voice experts assess the key tactical points arising from each game.
Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Unai Emery’s Arsenal dropped further points, this time in the absence of their captain Granit Xhaka, and with Mesut Özil given a now rare start in the Premier League. It was in central areas that they struggled, largely because of the lack of balance provided by their diamond midfield.
Mattéo Guendouzi was often exposed at the base, while the wider support Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos attempted to provide was ineffective against Wolves’ runners. Diogo Jota, Adama Traoré and Raul Jiménez regularly succeeded in overloading Guendouzi (below).