LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal FC reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

4 Things We Learned as Arsenal Deny Wolves Victory Through Late Mkhitaryan Strike

Arsenal were fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw against Wolves at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.


Ivan Cavaleiro's 13th minutes strike gave the visitors the lead, and they looked set to claim an unlikely three points as the Gunners struggled to break down their resolute defence. However, a late Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross evaded everybody, creeping inside the far post to extend Arsenal's unbeaten run to 16 games.


Adama Traore and Morgan Gibbs-White both went close in stoppage time, the latter hitting the bar, but the points were shared as Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was left wondering what might have been.


Here are four things we learned from the match.

4. Any Talk of Arsenal Winning the League is Absurd at This Stage

After Arsenal's impressive 1-1 draw against Liverpool, questions were asked in regards to whether the Gunners could mount a title challenge this season.


Well after this performance, that question now can be put to bed. They won't be. Lacking a cutting edge and playing with a distinct lack of heart, the Gunners struggled throughout to break down a sturdy Wolves defence. Although their fortunate late equaliser extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions, in truth, they should have lost.


Breaking into the top four should be Arsenal's aim this season, and it will take time and money for Unai Emery to transform this side into a title winning one. 

3. Mesut Özil is Coasting and It's Time For Arsenal to Cut Their Losses

Mesut Özil put in another abject performance for Arsenal in their 1-1 draw with Wolves. Just when Unai Emery needed his German star to step up to the plate and perform, Özil seemed to disappear from the game completely. 


The former Real Madrid star's non-existent defensive work ethic means that if he puts in a poor attacking showing, he becomes relatively obsolete to Arsenal. This was very much the case on Sunday and it's been happening time and time again since his arrival at the club.


Özil just doesn't seem to fit into Emery's football ethos and there may well be questions over the German's future at the club in the near future. 

2. Wolves Have Everything It Takes to Finish in the Top Half This Season

Whilst Arsenal were far from their scintillating best on Sunday, Wolves' performance was incredibly impressive and they deserved more from the game.


The newly-promoted side were tactically exceptional, as they limited the Gunners' dangerous attack to half chances throughout the game. As soon as Emery's side lost the ball, Wolves looked to hit the home side on the break and reaped success from this strategy throughout the game.


If it wasn't for some poor finishing and bad luck, Nuno Espírito Santo's side would have taken three points home from the Emirates and performances such as these highlight that Wolves are more than capable of finishing in the top half this season.

1. Unai Emery Has at Least Changed Arsenal's Mentality

Whilst Arsenal were pretty unimpressive against Wolves, they would almost certainly have lost this game under Arsène Wenger last season.


It's clear from the way in which Arsenal have been able to react to setbacks this season that Emery has injected more fight into the Gunners' squad this season. And that's the sign of a top team isn't it? Earning valuable points when being far from your best.


Keeping this fighting mentality will be essential if Emery's side are to achieve their aim of breaking back into the top four.