Arsenal boss Unai Emery said his side’s slow start to games is an area they need to improve after they came from behind to draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. The visitors had taken the lead in the first half through Ivan Cavaleiro’s close-range finish before Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a late equaliser. Arsenal, along with Cardiff, are the only two sides in the Premier League yet to be leading at half-time in any of their matches so far this season.
Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin both went close to equalising while leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post before Mkhitaryan’s 86th minute cross went straight past Rui Patricio. In a thrilling contest, Wolves almost snatched it in stoppage time when 18-year-old substitute Morgan Gibbs-White hit the bar. The fifth-placed Gunners are three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, while Wolves remain 11th in the table. Despite Mkhitaryan’s equaliser, a cross which somehow found its way past Patricio, this was two points dropped as far as Arsenal were concerned.
Having started the day six points off the top, they go into the international break trailing leaders Manchester City by eight points after another slow start. When Cavaleiro struck to leave Wolves fans dreaming of a first win on Arsenal soil for 39 years, Arsenal’s defence was busy conducting an inquest into why they had conceded the first goal for the fourth successive Premier League match. Having drawn against Liverpool and Crystal Palace in their previous two league games, the Gunners are now without a top-flight win in three matches – proof there is much for Emery to work on despite his team’s unbeaten run.