Wolverhampton beat Arsenal 2-1

November 30, 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Daniel Podence (second left) scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium, London, yesterday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Daniel Podence (second left) scores his team’s second goal during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium, London, yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Wolverhampton beat Arsenal in an away match for the first time in more than four decades, winning 2-1 on Sunday in the Premier League in a game overshadowed by a serious head injury to Wolves forward Raul Jimenez.

The 29-year-old Jimenez was taken away on a stretcher in the fifth minute and then to a hospital after a collision with Arsenal defender David Luiz while both challenged for a corner from Willian.

Jimenez, a Mexico international, is conscious and talking, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said. He will undergo a scan.

"He speaks, he's aware. He's doing a scan," the manager said, adding that the team was still worried about Jimenez's situation. "Now we (will) have a proper assessment. But he's in good hands."

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Luiz never lost consciousness and went through all the necessary medical tests when a head injury occurs. Arteta said Luiz was substituted before the start of the second half because the defender had a nasty cut and wasn't comfortable heading the ball.

Arteta sent his "best wishes and love" to Jimenez.

"Hopefully, it's not as bad as it looks," he said.

While Wolves players were visibly upset by the incident, they went on to take control of the match.

Header crashed off the crossbar

Wolves opened the scoring in the 27th when Pedro Neto slotted in a rebound after Leander Dendoncker's header crashed off the crossbar and fell to Neto in the six-yard box. Adama Traore created the chance, beating Kieran Tierney with a run down the right before the winger lifted the ball into a dangerous area.

Gabriel equalised for Arsenal three minutes later with a towering header as four defenders, including one pulling his shirt couldn't stop the Brazilian from scoring.

Wolves made it 2-1 in the 42nd when Daniel Podence took advantage of the rebound after goalkeeper Bernd Leno couldn't collect Neto's shot, which bounced off his legs for Podence to volley home. Neto's run through Arsenal's shaky defence created panic in the penalty box and allowed Podence to drift in to pounce on the loose ball.

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