As Wolves came from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1 at Molineux, David Luiz and Bernd Leno were both sent off.
Via Nicolas Pepe’s fine curled shot, the Gunners took a deserved lead, but what should have been a routine victory against a thin side on trust rapidly turned into a catastrophe.
First, after clipping Willian Jose’s ankles, Luiz conceded a half time penalty on the stroke. He got a red card to compound his suffering and Neves leveled out from the spot. The home side completed the rebound on 48 minutes when Joao Moutinho hammered home from the long-range and when Leno was sent for an early bath to manage outside his box, all hopes of saving anything from the game vanished.
One move was made by Mikel Arteta from the side that drew 0-0 at the weekend with Manchester United. For Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka came in and took up his recent preferred position on the right side of the attack. With Lacazette continuing to lead the line, Pepe moved to the left. After a brief spell in quarantine, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a welcome sight on the bench.
As at Southampton a week ago, inside the opening minute, the Gunners had a fair chance to open the scoring. Partey played a fine long ball over the defense of the Wolves, and Saka darted behind his man before unleashing a rising shot that hit the post, collecting with his thigh.
Three minutes later, the England international had a second chance, this time checking Rui Patricio at his close post after decent work by Cedric down the left.
He found the back of the net with a perfect right-foot finish from the edge of the box when a third chance came his way in 9 minutes. Unfortunately, in the build-up, Lacazette, who had teed him up, had strayed fractionally offside and the goal was disallowed after a VAR examination.