Arsenal vs Wolves live score, result, updates, highlights as Saka, Odegaard puts Gunners in front early

Arsenal look to keep their hold of the Premier League’s top spot as they host Wolves in English top flight action on Saturday. 

The Gunners blasted Lens midweek in Champions League play to secure a spot in the knockout stage, and will be riding high from that brilliant 6-0 victory.

Yet Arsenal can’t switch off even for a moment, as they hold just a one-point lead over defending champions Man City in the standings, and they face a Wolves team that has beaten both Man City and Tottenham in recent weeks.

The Sporting News is following the Arsenal vs Wolves match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Arsenal vs Wolves live score

  Score (2H) Goal scorers
Arsenal 2 Saka (6′),
Odegaard (13′)
Wolves 0

Kickoff: 3 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT)
Location: Emirates Stadium (London, England)
Referee: Peter Bankes

Starting lineups:

Arsenal (4-3-3, right to left): 22. Raya (GK) — 18. Tomiyasu, 2. Saliba, 6. Gabriel, 35. Zinchenko — 8. Odegaard, 41. Rice, 19. Trossard — 7. Saka, 9. Jesus (Nketiah, 67′), 11. Martinelli.

Wolves (3-5-2, right to left): 1. Sa (GK — Bentley, 23′) — 15. Dawson, 23. Kilman, 24. T. Gomes — 22. Semedo, 27. Bellegarde (Sarabia, 62′), 6. Traore, 20. Doyle, 17. Bueno (Doherty, 62′) — 12. Cunha, 11. Hwang.

Arsenal vs Wolves live updates, highlights, commentary

Arsenal vs Wolves: Second Half

68th min: William Saliba picks up the first yellow card of the match as he drags Hee-Chan Hwang down by his neck and shoulder in transition. A fair booking.

65th min: Martin Odegaard does well to create a shooting chance for Declan Rice, but the Arsenal midfielder drags his shot well wide from a central position. That’s a poor finish from a player who usually produces better in front of goal.

Gabriel Jesus is withdrawn, with Eddie Nketiah brought on. Jesus didn’t have his best match in front of goal, and with recent fitness issues and the two-goal lead, it’s smart from Mikel Arteta to make the change.

62nd min: Wolves make a double change hoping to break the Arsenal chokehold on this match. Pablo Sarabia replaces Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, while Matt Doherty comes on to spell Hugo Bueno. There’s an essay passed to Craig Dawson with instructions from the coaching staff — what a diatribe that is.

Arsenal have regained full control of the game, feeling they don’t need to do much with the ball but kill time and wait for Wolves to force them into moves.

53rd min: Chance, Wolves! What a hit by Matheus Cunha, and an excellent save from David Raya! The Portuguese forward dribbles his way by Declan Rice, cutting onto his left towards the end line, and rips a powerful effort on goal. Raya does enough to protect his near post with a strong parry!

47th min: Arsenal have started this second half with the same fervor they did the first, and there’s a big penalty shout by Gabriel Jesus who looks to get his head to a cross but feels he was pulled back by Max Kilman on the doorstep. VAR has a look, but waves pay on. It was close, there was definitely contact, but not enough to force the officials to give it.

Kickoff: The second half is under way with Arsenal holding a sizable advantage but also knowing Wolves began to build back into the game as the break drew closer. No changes for either side!

HALFTIME: Arsenal 2-0 Wolves

Arsenal started brilliantly, creating two sensationally worked goals that were pleasing on the eye. As the half dragged on, Wolves finally started to get themselves forward on the ball, but failed to create much of anything against the Premier League’s best defensive unit.

This has been as dominant an Arsenal performance as any this season, even if the scoreline doesn’t exactly pop off the page. They’ve been a bit muted up front since the two early goals, but never seemed out of control.

Wolves need to find more ways to keep hold of the ball up front and create something that troubles the Arsenal defence, because at the moment it’s far too easy for the Gunners to keep their visitors hemmed in with possessional dominance and pressing.

Arsenal vs Wolves: First Half

45+7: Chance, Wolves! David Raya makes his first and only intervention of the half as he comes off his line to smother a chance with Hee-chan Hwang charging through on goal! The Gunners goalkeeper makes himself big, getting his outstretched knee to the ball just before Hwang can reach the bouncing ball at pace.

45+4 min: Wolves have their best opportunity of the match as Matheus Cunha gets around Gabriel at the near post, but goes to ground under a step from Gabriel as the ball rolls harmlessly to David Raya. Cunha rests on his knees begging for a penalty, which angers the Arsenal defender who tells him to get up. VAR checks the play and does not intervene — it did seem close to being a questionable passage of play, but ultimately there’s not enough in the challenge to force a decision.

45+3 min: Arsenal generate another awful turnover in the Wolves half, but Gabriel Jesus can’t produce a quality finish to cap off the move. The Brazilian has been exceptional with his part of the Arsenal buildup play today, but his finishing has been poor on multiple occasions.

44th min: Wolves again have a decent spell of possession cut down before anything creative can take place. Seven minutes added time is shown, thanks to the two Arsenal goals as well as the injury stoppages for Jose Sa and Max Kilman.

41st min: In the aftermath of Arsenal’s last chance, Max Kilman is down receiving treatment, flat on his back in a concerning scene. He looks to be receiving attention to a head injury, as Gabriel’s header attempt appears to have caused the Wolves defender some damage.

He eventually sits up sporting a bit of a shiner, and takes quite a while to get to his feet. The Wolves captain walks around the touchline and appears alert and able to continue, hopefully having been fully checked by the medical staff as he seemed to be a bit woozy at first.

38th min: Chance, Arsenal! Gabriel Jesus flubs a great chance for a third at the far post! Bukayo Saka places the ball on a platter, and it flies just over the header attempt from Gabriel. That leaves Jesus at the far post to poke it in, but he looks put off by his teammate’s near-miss and makes awkward contact, scooping the ball over the crossbar.

37th min: Chance, Arsenal! Wolves have started to cause more trouble and get more time on the ball in the attacking third, but Arsenal remain dangerous on the counter, and Gabriel Martinelli hits the post! He takes on a defender cutting in on the left, and from the top corner of the penalty area, he opens his body and attempts to place the ball in the back of the net, and comes oh so close!

33rd min: Martin Odegaard needlessly fouls Matheus Cunha about 30 yards from goal, and now Wolves have a rare set-piece opportunity. Tommy Doyle feeds a glorious delivery to the far post, but Toti Gomes can’t quite reach it. That’s a really dangerous ball, and deserved some kind of end product.

29th min: Wolves finally have a spell of possession, but it almost turns into a nightmare as Gabriel Jesus presses the visiting back three and nearly causes an ugly turnover. The Gunners have been utterly relentless when Wolves have the ball.

Eventually, Wolves do manage to penetrate the Arsenal final third after a lot of hard work and some fortunate deflections, but Leandro Trossard tracks back to make a vital intervention and clear.

26th min: Chance, Arsenal! Now Gabriel Martinelli has a go with a leg whip from the penalty spot, but it’s blocked Toti Gomes who stopped that shot from its destined spot in the back of the net.

23rd min: Jose Sa won’t be able to continue. It’s hard to tell exactly what the issue is, but he kicks the ball away in frustration and crumples to the pitch with a grimace, possibly pointing to his back. It means 30-year-old Dan Bentley, previously of Brentford and Bristol City, will have to enter.

20th min: Chance, Arsenal! Jose Sa, who still seems to be struggling with his injury, makes a necessary intervention to keep Leandro Trossard from increasing Arsenal’s lead further! He makes a good run through the middle and nearly collects a lofted chip with a glorious touch, but Sa is there off his line to smother the chance.

19th min: Wolves have barely had a kick of the ball since the opening few minutes — this Arsenal tidal wave is relentless. Gabriel Jesus is flagged for offside, relieving pressure momentarily, but the visitors give it right back straight away. They simply cannot get out of their own half.

16th min: Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa requires treatment in the aftermath of the Arsenal goal, but play eventually restarts with him continuing on.

13th min: GOAL! ARESNAL! Martin Odegaard caps off another glorious move by the Gunners, who are flying to begin this match! Bukayo Saka’s cross from the right is too deep but serves as a switch of play, and then Arsenal turn on the delicious football from there, pinging it between three players before the cutback to Odegaard on the penalty spot who slices a left-footed finish.

Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko are two of those involved in the move, linking up gloriously on the left. Arsenal’s extremely high press has forced Wolves into a host of ugly turnovers in the attacking third, and here it leads to another.

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6th min: GOAL! ARSENAL! Bukayo Saka fires the Gunners into an early lead! He’s dealt with double teams all season long, but it makes no difference here. Hemmed in out wide against two Wolves defenders, he plays himself into a shooting position with the help of Gabriel Jesus thanks to a pair of brilliant flicks, one from each player.

Takehiro Tomiyasu gets the assist as he chips in as well, and Saka finishes inside the far post. There’s a brief VAR check for offside, but the goal stands.

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3rd min: A lively start to this match has seen both teams press hard and look to create transitional play. Arsenal look to feed Gabriel Martinelli through, but it runs out of play. This match has been billed as one with fireworks expected, and it seems that both teams are eager to make that a reality!

Not as lively as another match this morning though, as Burnley found the opener against Sheffield United in less than 20 seconds!

Kickoff: The match is under way at the Emirates as referee Peter Bankes gets the ball rolling!

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, who played over 300 matches in goal for the Gunners through the 1960’s and 70’s, is in attendance today. His wife passed away recently, which saw Arsenal wear black armbands in their last match.

Arsenal vs Wolves: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more

15 mins to kickoff: Wolves have been shut out just once this whole season, but Arsenal have conceded just 10 goals through 13 matches, their lowest total in 10 years. Can the visitors find the net against the league’s toughest back line?

30 mins to kickoff: Mikel Arteta will be on the touchline for today’s match, but that could change in coming games as he must battle with the FA over his comments following the Newcastle match. He could face a touchline ban if the charges are upheld, although Arsenal are hoping to see that reversed.

He was charged back on November 16, but has been given an extension to submit his response. The deadline for this was yesterday, and surely it will be resolved before their next Premier League match, a midweek meeting with Luton Town on Tuesday. Any possible punishment could potentially stretch into Saturday’s massive weekend tilt with fourth-placed Aston Villa.

45 mins to kickoff: One Premier League player on fire that nobody is talking about is Wolves forward Hee-Chan Hwang. He has as many goal contributions this season as Bukayo Saka, Jarrod Bowen, and fellow countryman Heung-Min Son, and has won Wolves valuable points many times this year.

He also does excellent charity work every time he goes home for international duty. Speaking of international play, he also has two goals and an assist in his last three international games, including a goal in the 5-0 win over Singapore in World Cup qualifying during the most recent break.

1 hour to kickoff: Lineups are in, and for Arsenal, there’s a bit of a surprise as Leandro Trossard takes over for Kai Havertz in midfield, despite the latter’s suddenly good form.

For Wolves, they make four changes, including two in midfield forced due to suspension.

1 hour 15 mins to kick: Last time these two teams matched up, Arsenal ran away as 5-0 winners to close out last season. They came up just short in the title race, but supporters still hailed the campaign as a success.

1 hour 30 mins to kick: Think there could be a goal-line clearance today? It’s possible! These two teams are level for the most this season in the Premier League, with four a-piece.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: For all of Arsenal’s dazzling build-up this year, they are also the most dangerous team from corners in the Premier League. They have collected the most corners in the league by a massive margin, with their 114 corners thus far towering over both Man City and Man United who are in second on 89.

The Gunners have converted those into seven goals, generating an incredible 47 shots worth 4.66 xG from corners, or around 0.10 xG per shot, which is quite a high rate for a set piece!

2 hours to kickoff: Arsenal midfielder Kai Havertz is a changed man. After struggling for much of his time at Chelsea, his poor early form with Arsenal was alarming. Now, after scoring in successive matches, he’s suddenly overflowing with enthusiasm.

Mikel Arteta says the way Chelsea treated the German was a reason for his lack of confidence. “When you’re loved and admired and respected your energy and body language is so much better. That is how he is feeling now.”

We will see if it translates to something more than just a flash in the pan!

Arsenal vs Wolves lineups, team news

Arteta has confirmed Portugal U21 international Fabio Silva will be out for a few weeks after undergoing groin surgery with Emile Smith-Rowe and Thomas Partey still absent. Takehiro Tomiyasu will start at right-back over Ben White, with both seeing 45 minutes against Lens. Fabio Vieira is in the midst of his red card suspension after his sending-off against Burnley in mid-November.

The in-form Kai Havertz was thought set his place after scoring in successive games for the first time in his Arsenal career, but instead Leandro Trossard surprisingly comes into midfield to replace the German. On-loan goalkeeper David Raya comes back into net after his absence against parent club Brentford last time out was forced.

Arsenal starting lineup (4-3-3): Raya (GK) — Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko — Odegaard, Rice, Trossard — Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Arsenal subs (9): Ramsdale (GK), White, Soares, Kiwior, Jorginho, Elneny, Nelson, Havertz, Nketiah.

Wolves were frustrated by VAR in their 3-2 Premier League defeat at Fulham last time out, and they saw midfielders Joao Gomes and Mario Lemina pick up suspensions for yellow card accumulation in the process. Tommy Doyle and Boubacar Traore are set to provide cover in the Wolves engine room.

Experienced centre back Craig Dawson is back starting after a suspension, while Rayan Ait Nouri has been ruled out for at least a month due to injury.

Wolves starting lineup (3-5-2): Sa (GK) — Kilman, Dawson, T. Gomes — Semedo, Bellegarde, Doyle, Traore, Bueno — Cunha, Hwang.

Wolves subs (9): Bentley (GK), Doherty, S. Bueno, Silva, Kalajdzic, Sarabia, Chirewa, Wittingham, Hubner.

How to watch Arsenal vs Wolves

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across some of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA NBC USA Network, Universo NBC Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Universo NOW
Canada  —

Fubo Canada

UK  —  —
Australia  — Optus Sport
India  — Hotstar VIP,
JioTV
Hong Kong  — Now TV
Malaysia  — Astro Go
Singapore  — StarHub TV+
New Zealand  — Sky Sport NOW

Arsenal vs Wolves betting odds, lines

Arsenal should manage to secure all three points in this match, but it won’t come easy. Wolves have put up a fight against every top side they’ve played this season, especially over the last few weeks, and Gary O’Neil will have them up for the challenge again here.

Expect a tough fight for the Gunners after their midweek romp, but they should manage to emerge victorious to remain atop the Premier League standings.

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win
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Over / Under
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WOL
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