Arsenal dominated throughout the second half of their game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and played the final 15 minutes, plus stoppage time against ten men, but couldn't find a breakthrough. Wolves put everyone behind the ball after Nenad Milijas was sent off, while Roger Johnson and Wayne Hennessey played brilliantly. Thanks to some great defending, some great goalkeeping and some great luck, Wolves leave the Emirates Stadium with their first road point in four months, thanks to a 1-1 draw.
Gervinho scored just eight minutes into the match and it looked at that point like Wolves had little chance of getting points out of the match. On a counter, Yossi Benayoun provided Gervinho with a through ball and the Ivorian international rounded Hennessey before slotting the ball into the back of the net. It would be all Arsenal for the rest of the half (and the rest of the game), but that would be their last goal.
Wolves scored their goal in the 38th minute, with Steven Fletcher's header from the edge of the penalty area taking a wicked deflection. That deflection caused the ball to roll slowly towards the net, but in the complete opposite direction that Wojciech Szczesny anticipated it would go. The ball dribbled into the net, tying the score at 1-1.
The second half was much like the first, with Arsenal pushing forward and controlling possession, but not finishing their chances. Wolves were defensive in the first half, but were even less ambitious in the second, often putting everyone behind the ball. In the 75th minute, Milijas was shown a questionable straight red card for a bad tackle on Mikel Arteta, and the ball did not leave the Wolves half for the rest of the match.
Unfortunately for the Gunners, they did nothing with the 15 minutes of regular time and six minutes of stoppage time for which they had a man advantage. They did a lot of walking the ball around the box and crossing, which played into the hands of Johnson and Hennessey. While the Wolves keeper was excellent, making 11 saves, most of Arsneal's shots were right at him. Wolves played negative football and were lucky to get a goal, but Arsenal won't be able to say they deserved more than a point. They had nearly 75 percent possession and failed to take their chances.