Arsenal staged a dramatic fightback as two goals in the final minutes sealed a 2-1 win against Wolves that boosted their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four
Mikel Arteta’s side trailed to Hwang Hee-Chan’s early goal at the Emirates Stadium in Thursday’s crucial clash between the top four contenders.
But Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to equalise in the 82nd minute before Wolves keeper Jose Sa deflected Alexandre Lacazette’s shot into his own net in the final seconds.
Arsenal’s third successive league victory moved them up to fifth place and they sit just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United with two games in hand in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal’s tally of 14 league victories from September onwards has only been bettered by Manchester City and Liverpool.
It is a remarkable revival after they made the worst start to a season in 67 years with three consecutive defeats.
Once again, Wolves, who stay seventh, were denied by Arsenal – just two weeks after the Gunners’ 1-0 win at Molineux.
In an inspired change, Arteta sent on Pepe in the closing stages and the Ivorian winger grabbed the equaliser in the 82nd minute.
Eddie Nketiah, another of Arteta’s substitutes, cut his pass back for Pepe and he swept a clinical finish past Sa for his first league goal this term.
Wolves’ Pedro Neto wasted a golden opportunity to win it, shooting wide of the far post.
And Arsenal made him pay deep into stoppage-time as Lacazette traded passes with Pepe before drilling a strike that deflected in off Sa’s out-stretched hand.