Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told Sky Sports PL (29/11/20 at 9:25 pm) that Wolves forward Daniel Podence was a ‘pain in the backside’ for Arsenal last night.
Just like their fellow Midlands counterparts (Leicester and Villa), Wolves rocked up to the Emirates on Sunday evening and recorded a 2-1 win, with Podence scoring what turned out to be the match-winning goal in the first half.
Even though the away side lost key man Raul Jimenez to a serious head injury, Podence, 25, was one of the players who was a continual pest for Arsenal.
Former Premier League striker, Hasselbaink was impressed with what he saw from the Wolves man throughout the night.
“He makes it look very easy [Podence’s goal],” said Hasselbaink. “But he stays so calm and that is the hard thing about it. A lot of players would have just had a shot.
“But he knew exactly what he was doing. He could have gone down for the penalty, but he didn’t. He was always in control.
“He was a pain in the backside today for Arsenal. He was getting into pockets. He was getting on the ball. Playing forward. Sharp on the ball and taking players on. He was really positive.”
The manner in which Wolves played on the night, on the front foot, no fear, picking up pockets and forcing opposition defenders out of position is exactly how Arsenal fans want to see their team play.
But that hasn’t been the case under Mikel Arteta in the Premier League, as the North London outfit have looked abject at best and heading towards a road that is now becoming too familiar.
As for Wolves, their win will no doubt be dedicated to Jimenez, who as confirmed by the club today has suffered an unfortunate fracture to the skull but the positive news is that he is comfortable and conscious.