Five points clear! Arsenal winners, losers and ratings as Odegaard double downs Wolves

Martin Odegaard

Arsenal’s captain delivered just when his side needed him most. This was far from a vintage performance from Mikel Arteta’s side, with Wolves’ tightly packed defensive line proving tough to break down. But Odegaard’s brace in the second half finally opened up the home side and saw the Gunners open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League. His first goal may have been a tap-in, but his second was expertly put away. He now has six goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season. A fine return for the playmaker.

Fabio Vieira

You could see the pent up frustration pour out of Vieira as he celebrated the huge part he played in Martin Odegaard’s goal. It’s been a difficult few weeks for Vieira, who has come in for some criticism following a series of poor performances in the cup competitions. But he seized his opportunity after replacing Granit Xhaka, producing a wonderful piece of play to help break the deadlock on the hour mark. It was a moment of real quality from Vieira, who lifted the ball perfectly over Jose Sa to give Odegaard the simplest of tap-ins. While the rest of his team-mates celebrated in front of the away fans, Vieira stood on his own and punched the air as he looked towards the coaching staff. It looked like a moment of joy, frustration and relief rolled into one.

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal will have a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League at Christmas, and it’s difficult to put into the words just how good a job Mikel Arteta has done in north London. The club was a mess when he arrived and getting to this point has been far from easy. But Arteta has done it his way and Arsenal are now reaping the rewards. Whether they go on and continue to set the pace when the Premier League returns after the international break remains to be seen, but Arteta deserves huge credit just getting Arsenal to this point.

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