Cameras don’t capture everything from Premier League games, so we headed to the Emirates on Thursday night to watch Arsenal’s tense 2-1 win over top rivals Wolves.
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Hwang Hee-Chan’s 10th-minute strike gave Bruno Lage’s side a priceless lead against late goals from Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette saved a day for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Gunners fans around the world will love to see them come from behind, but what does it feel like to be inside the Emirates?
No more questions, like Mirror Football visited north London to see the action unfold and sample the atmosphere from the press box.
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“Finally replaced by …”
There was a lengthy delay when Daniel Podence was replaced by Leander Dendoncker shortly before Arsenal’s win.
Raul Jimenez thought he was going to leave the field and slowly crossed the touchline, but Lage wouldn’t let him off the field.
Jimenez then started waving wildly at Podence, but the Portuguese winger just stood there with a look of surprise.
Gunners fans were not impressed, shouting with emotion on the field. “Reference, sort it out!” is a frequent special need. Others are not suitable for publication.
When Podence was on the pitch, the Arsenal announcer told him. “Finally replaced by …” were his words, followed by sarcastic cheers from the home audience.
Check out Ramsdale’s ball
Just before the game started, Aaron Ramsdale was spotted testing the ball in the middle of the field – although several balls are used per game.
The Arsenal keeper had a good squeeze and bounced several times before finally making it to goal. His opposing figure, Jose Sa did not follow.
It’s not clear why Ramsdale only tested one ball, but one thing’s for sure – he’s one of the most talkative goalkeepers in history. Premier League.
After Wolves’ opening goal, the goalkeeper immediately shouted at his defense to discuss the expensive mistake. That wasn’t the last time he ordered.
It’s easy to see why Arsenal have conceded just 18 goals in the Premier League since Ramsdale arrived last summer. His communication skills are vital to Arteta’s defense.
The Englishman can make mistakes in him, but he is a leader – something the Gunners don’t always have, especially in the final years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure.
More Lage, please
Speaking of animated individuals, it was fun to watch Lage in poison peach.
The Wolf The manager is constantly on his feet and darting from side to side, in and out of his technical area. His steps for the day must have crossed the roof!
Lage lived every moment with his players. It’s easy to see why Wolves’ intensity has improved dramatically since he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo last summer.
Finally, the Portuguese coach sat down for a quick 30-minute drink before returning to business. And when I say fast, I mean quickly.
Arteta, meanwhile, is a much calmer character on the touchline – except when a decision doesn’t go in his favor and Arsenal’s winners, of course.
If you have to choose, I recommend Bruno for Seriousness.
There were plenty of fans at the Emirates worried when Romain Saiss’ sixth-minute strike put the ball in the net of Ramsdale.
The goal was disallowed offside by the line umpire before being sent to VAR.
Viewers at home could clearly see the assistant made the correct decision, but it took a while for the technology to verify that.
Arsenal fans looked confident, even though they weren’t sure. A handful of supporters asked the press box what the verdict was, it was tension.
It’s been said many times, but fans need to know what’s going on – especially at Emirates, where there are screens plastered all over the ground.
Either that, or they need to be a lot quicker in making their decisions. One quick look is all it takes to confirm that call.
Arsenal fans are a passionate bunch – but even more so on Thursday night.
That’s a huge six at Emirates, with the winner taking a big step towards Champions League degree.
That only added to the tension and songs about Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka were replaced with “shot” cries throughout the first half.
To be fair, Arsenal fans often find it frustrating to watch their attacking players repeatedly squander opportunities to pull the trigger ahead of time.
The anxiety surrounding the Emirates dissipated as the game progressed and the home fans began to urge their team to come up against the odds that seemed unlikely at the moment.
However, somehow, they found a way. The Arsenal winner was met by a cheer so loud it could be heard by Ralf Rangnick and Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester.
Other bits and bobs
Throughout the evening there was a stream of water falling from the roof of the Emirates – right between the two tunnels – although it did not appear to be raining in north London.
It will soon be 16 years since the Gunners left Highbury to return to their current home and time is starting to catch up with what many still describe as their “new” stadium.
As reported earlier this month, Arsenal are planning a multi-million pound Emirates renovation – and roof repairs are on the agenda. Seems like the right time.
Elsewhere, academy director and Gunners legend Per Mertesacker showed up at half-time alongside several of the club’s youngsters.
Arsenal’s pre-match video montage of famous moments in the club’s history is a lovely touch. And Ruben Neves’ hair looks amazing in the north London breeze!
Anyway, I went looking for AFTV outside the ground.
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