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Arsenal edge Wolves to rekindle top-four bid

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Arsenal staged a comeback as two goals in the final minutes sealed a 2-1 win against Wolves that boosted their Premier League’s top four bid.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side trailed to Hwang Hee-Chan’s early goal at the Emirates Stadium in Thursday’s crucial clash between the top four contenders.

But Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to equalise in the 82nd minute before Wolves keeper Jose Sa deflected Alexandre Lacazette’s shot into his net in the final seconds.

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Arsenal’s third successive league victory moved them up to the fifth place and they sit just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United with two games in hand in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal’s tally of 14 league victories from September onwards has only been bettered by Manchester City and Liverpool.

It is a remarkable revival after they made the worst start to a season in 67 years with three consecutive defeats.

Once again, Wolves, who stay seventh, were denied by Arsenal — just two weeks after the Gunners’ 1-0 win at Molineux.

Arsenal’s prolonged celebrations at the final whistle on that occasion irked Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who claimed it was like they had won the league rather than just three points.

Neves must have felt a sense of deja vu as Arsenal cavorted around the pitch at the climax of another thrilling triumph.

Initially, it was Wolves who had the upper hand and they were denied an opener when Romain Saiss netted from Neves’ cross, only for the offside flag to be raised.

On that occasion, a VAR check confirmed Arsenal’s escape but they weren’t so lucky in the 10th minute.

Jimenez suffered a fractured skull during an aerial challenge with David Luiz in a win at Arsenal in November 2020.

The Mexican striker was making his first return to the Emirates since that horrific injury, which kept him sidelined for eight months.

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