Unai Emery seems to be very set on teaching the Arsenal players the ‘playing out from the back’ and his ‘pressing’ tactics, but it seems that Nuno Santo, the Wolves coach, found a way to beat us at our own game. As Ian Wright said on his YouTube channel: “We were very lucky.
“We were fortunate in the end to get away with that.
“Wolves, on the counter-attack, they had a plan for us and we were very fortunate to get away with that.
“I love our manager. At half-time, he realised we were getting hurt on the right-hand side because [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang wasn’t getting back to help [Sead] Kolasinac, which is a worry for me in itself.
“I was pleased he made the decision to do that at half-time, as much as it’s hard on [Alex] Iwobi because he has been playing well recently.
“The tactical fouls that they made on us were clever and stopped our flow.
“There wasn’t enough creativity from us. Mesut came off. He couldn’t quite get into it because Wolves had the two banks of players and he couldn’t find the space that he needed.”
So, was Emery out-tacticked by Santo? Even his usual changes after half-time didn’t look like penetrating their defences. Or was it simply all our players having an off day?