Piers Morgan has his say on Arsenal’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux as the Gunners move up to fifth in the table
Arsenal have three major problems which Mikel Arteta needs to address after their narrow win over Wolves on Thursday night, according to Piers Morgan. The Gunners dug deep to claim a 1-0 win at Molineux after Gabriel Martinelli’s red card left them playing with 10 men for the final 25 minutes.
he away side went ahead after 25 minutes when Gabriel Magalhaes tapped in a knock-down from a corner.
Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey both picked up yellow cards in a feisty match, which boiled over when Martinelli was booked twice in quick succession in the 69th minute.
The 20-year-old pushed Daniel Podence as he tried to take a quick throw-in then chased down Chiquinho to barge him over, prompting Michael Oliver to dismiss him.
Arsenal held on to earn a huge three points which moved them up to fifth in the Premier League, a point behind West Ham with two games in hand, but Morgan was left concerned with some elements of their performance.
“Excellent rearguard win by 10-man Arsenal,” he wrote on Twitter.
“But our lack of a top striker, lack of a real captain/leader, and shocking lack of general team discipline all remain big problems.”
Martinelli’s red card was Arsenal’s fourth in their past six games across all competitions, following Xhaka, Partey and Gabriel’s recent dismissals.
Arteta was happy with the victory, but conceded that his side’s disciplinary record is becoming a worrying trend.
“To win football matches like that is extremely difficult and we have to stop it,” he told BT Sport.
“We’ve been talking about it. I have run out of ideas [about how to stop it], I think.”
He added: “The character, how we dug in, the spirit we showed, I’m really proud of the boys. There was togetherness and unity.
“We need to play with 11 players in the last 16 games and that is key. To win games with 10 men is very unlikely.”
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown agreed with Morgan’s take on discipline, but was encouraged by the way the Gunners ground out a much-needed result to end a run of five matches without a win in all competitions.
“I think without doubt (it’s an issue),” he said on BT Sport.
“If you look at the two midfielders (Xhaka and Partey) tonight, they were both booked very early in the game. They’ve both been sent off recently.
The discipline has to improve because eventually it will catch you out. Tonight they got away with it. It’s about building on it.
“Tonight I thought they turned that anger, what they thought was an injustice with the decision (Martinelli’s red card) to turn it into three vital points.”