Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves has heaped praise on Joao Moutinho, after the veteran hit a stunning winner at Molineux.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ended their winless run in the Premier League with a brilliant 2-1 victory over the Gunners.

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The visitors took the lead through Nicolas Pepe, and Arsenal definitely could have been out of sight.

But as Daniel Podence played Willian Jose through on goal, David Luiz clipped his fellow Brazilian to deny a goalscoring opportunity.

The defender was red-carded by referee Craig Pawson, and Neves scored the resulting penalty.

The incident would put wind in Wolves’ sails in the second half, and Moutinho – criticised frequently in recent weeks – stepped up to produce a thunderbolt from all of 30 yards.

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It was a great moment for the veteran and Neves has showered praise on his fellow Portugal international.

 

He said (Wolves official): “We have a lot of quality in our squad, so this can happen in all the games. We always have someone who can do something different and today it was Joao – what an amazing goal. I watched it from behind and it was unbelievable, he kicked the ball really well.

“But every time we can have players doing that, today it was Joao and I’m very happy for him because he’s deserved it, he’s an amazing player who brings a lot to our team.”

Class is permanent

There is no denying Moutinho hasn’t quite been at the races this term, but then, neither have a lot of Wolves’ players.

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It was a fantastic moment for the 33-year-old, and it was just a shame a goal of such quality could not be lapped up by a full stadium.

Hopefully the strike will do him wonders, and Moutinho can get back to his usual class self from here on in.

He may be declining physically, but such a goal proves he still has a touch of magic about him.

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