The Warm Down: Horrific Raul Jimenez injury overshadows lacklustre Arsenal performance
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: David Luiz of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

A poor Arsenal performance was compounded by a potentially serious injury to David Luiz and opponent Raul Jimenez, as a poor home record extends to three consecutive league defeats.

A serious head injury early in the first half to Raul Jimenez saw the Mexican and David Luiz down for 10 minutes receiving treatment, after a serious collision after only four minutes.

The Wolves striker coming off worse, and seemingly unconscious for a substantial period of time.

His side still managed to score twice in the first half, wingers Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto both netting high- quality goals either side of a Gabriel header.

The story

Arsenal’s first Premier League goal from open play in over eight hours came after 37 minutes, as Gabriel scored his second goal of the season to equalise for The Gunners', after Pedro Neto opened the scoring three minutes earlier, a goal the Brazilian was partially at fault for. 

The Gunners once again struggled creatively, the introduction of Joe Willock into the league side for the second consecutive game didn’t come to fruition, with the young English midfielder limited in space and opportunities.

Fans where frustrated when Willian was announced in the starting XI, preferred over Reiss Nelson on the right side.

The former Chelsea winger offered little going forward, out of form captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failing to convert from a cross. 

Aubameyang was again left frustrated, his tally remains two for the season but he did have a great chance to score, heading wide from close range from a Hector Bellerin cross in the second half, and would have had a tap-in if it wasn’t for some great defending from Conor Coady late in the first half. 

It was a frustrating watch for The Gunners fans, who had been so solid defensively this season, caught out by the pacey Wolves attack and made sloppy errors.

The same old problems occurred in attack again for Arteta’s side, the lack of a creative outlet proving costly, failure to get the ball to their dangermen and bring Aubameyang into the game limited the Arsenal opportunities and maintains the poor attacking form this season. 

Arteta got his tactics right, but his substitutions where wrong tonight. Alexandre Lacazette was introduced too late in the game to have any serious effect on the game.

Reiss Nelson provided a more creative spark and opportunity for his side and could have started the game with the form he has been in during the Europa League campaign.

David Luiz was brought off at half time following a reassessment of his head injury at half-time for Rob Holding, who looked solid once brought back together with centre-back partnership with Gabriel.

Looking ahead

The injuries sustained in this encounter reinforces the calls for a return to five substitutions or concussion substitutions, both Wolves and Arsenal paying the price of a horrendous fluke injury, and therefore limited their tactical options.

Arsenal next host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, the already qualified Londoners could give opportunities to youngsters ahead of the North London Derby away to Tottenham next weekend.

Arteta’s side need to seriously improve their midfield and attacking departments if they are to get a positive result in their biggest game of the season.

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