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Smith Rowe and Tomiyasu update as Arsenal beat Wolves

Arsenal’s England midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022 (Photo by Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images)

Emile Smith Rowe was a surprise absence from Arsenal due to their strong confrontation against Wolverhampton which saw the Gunners win in the 95th minute against the bluffed Wolves.

It turns out that the midfielder is sick (not Covid).

“He’s sick,” said Mikel Arteta before the match.

“He tried to get back in the game. He has some stomach issues.”

As for Tomiyasu, he was there positive update On him during the week and was expected to be in the team after returning to the bench against Brentford but he has a calf problem.

After the match against Wolverhampton, Arteta He saidIt’s the other calf.

“He’s back, he was training and he felt the other calf.

“It’s a problem because he’s a professional who gives everything to help us and in the last few months he hasn’t been fit.”

Tomiyasu also suffered a calf problem in February 2021 that kept him out for 18 days.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his team's second goal with teammate Bukayo Saka during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Sean Pottrell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his team’s second goal with teammate Bukayo Saka during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Sean Pottrell/Getty Images)

Arsenal were denied a clear penalty in the first minute of the match, and no one was surprised.

Gabriel’s error gifted Wolverhampton’s opener and it looked like, for most of the night, Arsenal would pay the price for their lack of firepower.

The introduction of Eddie Nkeitia and Nicholas Pepe, however, changed the game, as the duo combined brilliantly to equalize Arsenal’s level.

Alexandre Lacazette’s shot in the 95th minute bounced off the goalkeeper’s gloves.

“Really happy, it’s amazing to win a game in the last minute like this,” Lacazette said after the match.

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“After we conceded the first goal, it was a tough match, but we didn’t give up.

“A bit sad [the goal] Not mine, but we keep going.

Arsenal lineup vs Wolverhampton: Ramsdale, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Barty, Zaca, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette

Arsenal submarines: Lino, Holding, Tavares, Swanson, Elnei, Lukunga, Hutchinson, Bebe, Nketia

Emile Smith Rowe admits that the race for the top four looks good for Arsenal at the moment, but they are not thinking about the end of the season just yet.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021 in London, England.  (Photo by Justin Sitterfield/Getty Images)
London, England: Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021 (Photo by Justin Sitterfield/Getty Images)

Going into Thursday night’s game against Wolverhampton, putting Arsenal in a top four race is somewhat precarious.

On the other hand, none of Arsenal’s top four rivals from Manchester United, West Ham United, Wolves and Tottenham will be able to match Arsenal’s points balance if they win their matches on hand.

If Arsenal get the most points from their overtime matches, it will be at least five points over any of their other matches. They would even be just two points behind Chelsea in third.

But at the moment, they are four points behind Manchester United. Defeat to the Wolves will place them in seventh place. Even with all these toys at hand, the growing gap makes the task even more difficult.

until when Emile Smith Rowe He is clearly happy with the opportunity ahead of Arsenal, he says, and the team needs to focus on the present.

“It’s looking good right now, but there’s a lot of matches to be done,” Smith Rowe He said.

“We will continue to focus on that. We are not too concerned about the end of the season at the moment.”

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Arsenal's England midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022 (Photo by Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s England midfielder Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022 (Photo by Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images)

Smith Roe is clearly playing his part at the moment, as Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions this season.

He scored his 10th goal of the campaign to open the scoring for Mikel Arteta’s side at the weekend.

To reach the Champions League next season, the team cannot afford to relax or start dreaming about the future.