Arsenal batter Wolves to finish superb season on a high
Arsenal cruised past Wolves 5-0 as Mikel Arteta’s side finished their sensational season with a flourish.
They only finished five points behind Manchester City in the end.
The departing Granit Xhaka scored twice in the first half, then Bukayo Saka scored a beauty before the break.
Gabriel Jesus and Jakub Kiwior then scored in the second half as the Gunners oozed class throughout.
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Arsenal already had second spot locked in and they’re heading to the UEFA Champions League, while Wolves finish with question marks around Julen Lopetegui’s future despite his fine job to keep them in the Premier League.
Gunners gives us a glimpse that hunger remains
It would have been easy for Arsenal to mail this one in given their poor finish to the season which stopped them from winning the Premier League title. But the young Gunners dug in and impressed as they finished with a flourish and proved they are hungry to close the gap on Man City next season. They can do it and with smart recruitment in midfield and defense this summer, Arsenal can acquire the extra squad depth they need to have more staying power next season. This was more than a 5-0 win. It was about showing they are here to stay. And they are.
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How to watch Arsenal vs Wolves live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 11:30am ET SundayTV Channel: Peacock PremiumOnline: Watch live on Peacock
Arsenal vs Wolves live analysis! - By Joe Prince-Wright
FULL TIME: Arsenal 5-0 Wolves - Talk about signing off in style. Wow. What a win. What a season for Arsenal.
GOALLL! Arsenal 5-0 Wolves - Jakub Kiwior makes it five as the Gunners are running riot.
GOALLL! Arsenal 4-0 Wolves - Gabriel Jesus gets his goal. Party time at the Emirates.
NO GOALLL! Arsenal 3-0 Wolves - Thomas Partey smashes from close range but Wolves want a free kick for a foul on their goalkeeper and they get it.
HALF TIME: Arsenal 3-0 Wolves - The Gunners are in cruise control and are showing just how good they can be.
GOALLL! Arsenal 3-0 Wolves - Bukayo Saka with a brilliant curling shot to extend Arsenal’s lead. They are on fire.
GOALLL! Arsenal 2-0 Wolves - You’re not going to believe this... Granit Xhaka has scored again. What a farewell game he’s having.
GOALLL! Arsenal 1-0 Wolves - Granit Xhaka heads home after a lovely ball from Gabriel Jesus. With Xhaka set to leave this summer, that goal meant so much to him.
Key storylines & star players
Arsenal will want to finish this season with a flourish, and Premier League Best XI favorites Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard are the likeliest to look bright no matter the occasion.
Is this Ruben Neves last game of a storied career with Wolves? The Portguese midfielder is desirous of Champions League football and Wolves are in need of money. Let’s watch how he reacts during the game.
Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup
QUESTIONABLE: Reiss Nelson (virus), Bukayo Saka (‘little issue’), Leandro Trossard (‘little issue’) | OUT: Gabriel Martinelli (ankle), William Saliba (back), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Mohamed Elneny (knee)
Wolves team news, injuries, lineup
OUT: Sasa Kalajdzic (knee), Chiquinho (knee)