Arsenal have been all over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the first of Tuesday's three Premier League matches, but a bad deflection and a lack of a cutting edge has the Gunners and Wolves tied, with the halftime score sitting at 1-1. Gervinho scored the opener and Arsenal were very much the superior team for the entire half afterwards, but could never find a second goal. Just before the stroke of halftime, Steven Fletcher netted for Wolves, giving them their first ever goal away to Arsenal in the Premier League.
Gervinho's goal came early, on an excellent counter-attack in the 8th minute. Running onto an excellent through ball by Yossi Benayoun, Gervinho controlled and turned to face goal, then rounded Wayne Hennessey before slotting a calm finish into the back of the net. The Gunners would continue to press forward and had nearly 70 percent of the possession in the first half, but hit all of their shots from that point on right at Hennessey, never forcing him to make a difficult save.
Wolves' equalizer was a lucky one, but they'll take goals at the Emirates any way they can get them. Following a set piece and a block on a shot by Stephen Hunt in the 38th minute, Steven Fletcher hit a header that took a wicked deflection. The ball dribbled slowly towards the net, but Wojciech Szczesny had no chance to make a save and was caught completely off guard. The ball rolled past him into the back of the net, locking up the score at 1-1.