Lukasz Fabianski's Fine Display Seals Win For Arsenal Against Wolves
It was a sight to behold: instead of running to embrace Marouane Chamakh who had scored his second of the night in the dying seconds, the Arsenal players instead turned to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Seconds earlier, the Polish international had made a superb save to deny Wolves at the death and it was from this save that the action was set in motion for the Moroccan's goal. Chamakh may have scored the goals but in truth Fabianski won the game.
Arsene Wenger, the players, and the fans knew the midweek trip to the Molineux would be tough, but did we expect it to be this tough? Mick McCarthy's side were unlucky to leave Old Trafford pointless at the weekend and showed the same gritty display tonight. At times that display went beyond gritty with some fierce tackles flying in. Wolves were not alone in this as Cesc Fabregas was perhaps lucky not to have seen red when his late tackle saw Ward go off injured. Once again, Karl Henry could have seen red when he raked his studs down Andrey Arshavin's shin.
A tough game it was, with Wolves looking as though they had a goal in them. On another night they would have got their just desserts, but the Pole in goal was not in the mood to make anymore mistakes after his clanger cost Arsenal against Newcastle.
Fabianski was immense for Arsenal tonight. He commanded his area, punched the ball when needed, and made two fantastic saves, in particularly the one at the death. His confidence at the back was a great aid to a frail looking defence who made some last ditch efforts to keep the home side out.
It may not have been nice but three points gained ugly is better than no points gained beautifully.
Next up, Everton away.