Delicious Arsenal sandwich
Moroccan prince Chamakh scored in first and last minutes - Karl Henry tried to maim Arshavin - Cesc made a bad tackle and was taunted by racist chants - Cesc and Wenger apologized, Wolves manager defends Cesc
Inside: Arsene's and Wolves manager's post-match comments and match pics. Also: Szczesny signs new five-year contract, and Jack Wilshere is nominated for Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award for 2010.
Added: Cute interview with Cesc and Theo!
Arsene Wenger: "Cesc told me it was completely accidental. He went in to see the player and apologised."
Mick McCarthy: "I have no problem with it and nor does Ward, he shook [Fabregas's] hand and accepted it. It's great that Cesc Fabregas has apologised, and Arsene Wenger apologised to me [over that tackle on Ward].
But I don't mind tackling. What I don't want is everybody else bitching about us when we do tackle. That's what I can't stand. I want to see competitive football.
People are going for the ball. I have no problem with tackling, but please don't bitch at my players when we tackle."
Arsene: Fabianski responded with a great performance today. I know he has the talent, but mentally it shows he has the strength to do it.
McCarthy: "We were the better side. The man-of-the-match has got to be their goalkeeper [Lukasz Fabianski]. He was hopeless for the goal on Sunday against Newcastle and cost them the game, but tonight he has justified Wenger's faith in him.
On the match:
Arsene: "It was a difficult game. Wolves played very well, tactically they were spot-on - they are a very good side. But we had our chances and we could not take them. We had to hang on in the second half and were at times a little bit lucky, especially from set-pieces. But in the end we got a second goal. It was vital for us to win again [after back-to-back defeats], because the confidence drops quickly when you lose games. It was hard fought and achieved with a fantastic spirit."
McCarthy: "We peppered their goal, we had more shots and attempts on goal, I think, but we've not scored. The first goal we conceded was dreadful. It was like a training ground routine - down the side, cross and finish - and it was awful by us. The second goal, with less than a minute to go we had everyone up the pitch chasing an equaliser, so I forgive them that."
Well, it's great that McCarthy defended Cesc, but it doesn't excuse Karl Henry's worse tackle. Maybe Cesc did deserve to be sent off, but considering the referee didn't even award Arsenal a free kick when Karl Henry tried to break Arshavin's ankle, it would have been horribly unfair if Cesc had been given a red.
Also, BBC Five Live reported that Ward gave Wenger the finger after being stretchered off following Cesc's tackle.
After the tackle, 7amkickoff tweeted that the Wolves fans were singing, "you dirty Spanish bastard" at Cesc. Classy.
Future No. 1 Szczesny opts to stay with Arsenal
Szczesny, 20, who was due to become a free agent next summer, is being groomed as Arsenal’s future No1 but had been getting fed-up at a lack of first team chances.
Polish keeper Szczesny has now decided to commit himself to the club after Arsenal’s coaching staff convinced him he will get his chance after insisting he can become world class.
Szczesny has already overtaken Manuel Almunia and Vito Mannone in the pecking order to become a regular on the bench while he is regarded as a much better prospect than Lukasz Fabianski.
He has already started two Carling Cup games and his recent promotion in the squad has also helped cure his complaints of being homesick.
Jack Wilshere Nominated for Golden Boy Award
Tuttosport published their nominations this afternoon, naming their 40 candidates for the award, with Wilshere an early front runner. British talent is scarce on the list, with Jack being one of only two English players named. The other is Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso.
However, UK based talent does feature heavily, with Manchester United’s Rafael, Federico Macheda and Bebé joined by Gaël Kakuta from Chelsea, Dani Pacheco from Liverpool and Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli. Former Gunner Fran Mérida is also included.
Cast your vote here
Chamakh's goal from an Alex Song cross after just 37 seconds, is Arsenal's fastest goal since the Premier League started, beating Thierry Henry's goal against Reading on October 22, 2006, AND the fastest goal of the season in the Premier League.
Denilson gets a yellow for arguing with the ref
Karl Henry's odious studs-up tackle on Arshavin's ankle
Good thing he heals like dog
After Cesc's tackle
"Please don't send Cescy off!"
Johan Djourou reacts after missing a chance to score
Second goal by Chamakh
Le Boss is relieved