(Arsenal – Wolverhampton 2-1) Martin Odegaard participated in both goals, and Alexandre Lacazette cried with joy after the whistle signal. Arsenal are now one point behind Manchester United in fourth place.
– I feel very happy. It’s amazing to win the match this way. We really need victory today. We didn’t give up, says Lacazette in the post-match TV interview.
He was insulted on his way out of the Emirates door, but on Thursday Alexandre Lacazette returned to the hearts of all Arsenal fans.
After five minutes of extra time, he, Martin Odegaard and the rest of his Arsenal teammates roared with glee as the turnaround came true.
For a long time it looked like Wolverhampton would get the three points from London.
Hwang Hee-chan capitalized on Gabriel’s horrific foul after 10 minutes, rotating goalkeeper Ramsdale, putting 1-0 into the open cage.
Arsenal looked toothless and didn’t create chances throughout the match. But then Mikel Arteta made two changes:
- Nicholas Baby In Gabriel Martinelli
- Eddie Nketia In to Cedric Soares
I did the trick. Martin Odegaard was the architect when he broke through Nketia in the back room, and the substitute had eyes in his neck when he shot straight at Pepe in front of goal. The big buy from 2019 showed why he was priced at nearly a billion kroner, and he turned around with a man behind him, sticking the ball away from Jose Sa.
The 23-year-old Norwegian was close to winning the match even when he hit the crossbar just minutes before the end, but he got enough of the cheer anyway.
He also participated when extra time gave way in the sixth and final minute. Ødegaard began the decisive attack again, this time finishing fourth last time, before Alexandre Lacazette managed to set the course towards the goal from the right flank.
The Frenchman was a bit skilful, a bit lucky, but the ball was in the net – and Arsenal could unleash some unbridled cheers at home.
– I knew it was at the end of the match, so I used up the energy left in my body, and then we were lucky to get in, says Lacazette.
After Martin Atkinson blew his whistle for the last time, he was an emotional striker embraced by his teammates, and you can easily see what “score” means for the 30-year-old who came to London from Lyon in 2017.
We have to write the ‘score’ in quotation marks, because after the match the Premier League reporter had to convey the painful message that the goal is now officially a goal for José Saa.
Sadly, that’s not my goal, but we got three points. Of course I want to score, but the most important thing is to win, he says.
Try Lacazette truly Bukayo hit Saka, but Sa was unlucky and hit the ball into his own net.
Thus, the last official goal of the French player remains on December 26 last year. But as he says: It means nothing when the ball goes into the goal, and you secure three points.
The difference between 0 and 3 points is big artillery.
With two fewer games played, Arsenal have every chance of beating Manchester United in the table over the next two weeks, and Chelsea’s 50 points are not out of reach either.
Fourth place, as is known, gives a place in the Champions League.
Ødegaard . is welcomed
Although he didn’t score any of the goals or scorers, it was Martin Odegaard who got the most praise on social media after the transformation.
Here is a small selection of tweets about the Norwegian after Thursday’s win:
“Infuriatingly humble internet trailblazer. Twitter buff. Beer nerd. Bacon scholar. Coffee practitioner.”