Welcome to one of Arsenal.com's most popular features - Talking Heads.
Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.
Arsenal take on Wolves in the Premier League on Wednesday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Adrian Clarke and YW of A Cultured Left Foot.
Read on for their post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.
DAN ROEBUCK, COMMENTATOR
Once Arsenal got their noses in front there was no way back for Wolves. Bassong's red card gave the hosts too much work to do and Arsenal's quality quickly prevailed. Theo Walcott was the pantomime villain for the home fans all night but there was little question about the penalty decision and certainly no qualms about his excellent finish for the second goal. After a difficult start it is great to see the England man flourishing on the wing once more. And what of Yossi Benayoun? His first goal since December and another useful performance on the left wing to show for it. As for Robin van Persie - he is certainly back in business. Four games without a goal had clearly not affected the Dutchman judging by his audacious penalty. All in all, a fairly routine night for Arsenal but one that puts them five points clear of Tottenham and Newcastle. And that is priceless.
Hands up who thought Arsenal would be in such a strong position going into this game. No, me neither. As if beating Man City wasn't good enough, Tottenham slipped up at home to Norwich and Chelsea threw away a winning position at Fulham. Newcastle keep on winning but Arsenal are in pole position for that all-important top-three finish. Wolves should be there for the taking but complacency must not be tolerated on Wednesday night. I'd be surprised if Arsène Wenger doesn't shuffle his pack at Molineux - the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Andre Santos could be back in the starting line-up. Johan Djourou has two games alongside Thomas Vermaelen with Laurent Koscielny suspended so this is a chance for him to prove himself. I expect an away win - provided the focus and concentration is spot-on.
ADRIAN CLARKE, CO-COMMENTATOR
A destructive opening 10 minutes inspired by Theo Walcott put this game to bed very early on and after that it was a little bit too comfortable for the Gunners. I was disappointed to see Arsenal play at half pace for the remainder of the opening period but in the second half whenever they injected more urgency it was clear they could score more goals at will. The fact that the scoreline finished 3-0 owes more to Arsenal’s indifferent finishing than anything else. Ultimately the performance doesn’t matter, this was an evening where all three points were a must and Arsenal got them with a great degree of comfort. The job isn’t done yet though. There will be stiffer tests to come in the run-in, starting with the visit of in-form Wigan Athletic on Monday.
On the back of a richly-deserved victory over Manchester City on Sunday, it’s crucial Arsenal don’t just turn up and go through the motions at Molineux. Wolves are relegation certainties who are on their knees so this is a match that I’d regard as a must-win for the Gunners in their quest for third place, and if the attitude and desire is spot on I can’t envisage a slip-up. I like Wolves’ wide players, Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis, but aside from that I don’t see too many threats and defensively they have been woeful all season, so you’d expect Arsenal to create plenty of goalscoring chances. If the starting XI begin well with the right tempo and application it should be a comfortable evening for Arsenal. We really don’t want to be kicking ourselves at a missed opportunity.
YW, A CULTURED LEFT FOOT
A good win achieved with the minimum of fuss. With Spurs and Newcastle not playing in the Premier League until after the visit of Chelsea to the Emirates, there is a chance to put a substantial gap between third and fourth which piles pressure on those sides. The early sending off changed the game but Arsenal were quick out of the blocks and I don't think it altered the final result. Even with 11, there were signs that Arsenal were in the mood for a decisive win. I'm pleased for Theo getting a goal in what's been his most productive season so far if you include assists. Some criticism of him has been harsh at times - some deserved as well, by his own admission - and he has responded well. Similarly Yossi Benayoun deserved his goal for his performances in his last few games. That was underpinned by the fifth clean sheet in eight games, a sign of the consistency needed to finish third this season.
Sunday's win was massive, especially with Monday's results going for us, and Wednesday is a real chance to capitalise on the failings of Spurs and Chelsea and extend the gap to them. In fact, Newcastle seem to be the bigger threat at the moment. Thomas Vermaelen spoke at the weekend of not being complacent and that's going to be the key - a focused Arsenal are more than capable of beating Wolves and Wigan, no matter how desperate their need for points is. It is important not repeat the mistakes that beset the QPR performance because just turning up is not going to be enough to win. The players deserve immense credit for putting themselves into the position where they control their own destiny as far as next season's Champions League is concerned and it would be a shame to waste this opportunity.
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