Wolves crashed to a 5-0 defeat on the final day of the 2022/23 Premier League season.

Wanderers put in a sorry performance at the Emirates Stadium to leave fans with a sour taste heading into the summer.

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Julen Loeptegui was watching his side from the stands, having had to serve a one-game ban for picking up a fourth yellow card of the season against Everton.

Wolves were just never at the races today.

Arsenal cut them open with ease, and Wolves just did not compete in north London.

Lopetegui made six changes to the side that started against the Toffees.

Three of those came in defence, with Jose Sa, Max Kilman and Hugo Bueno coming in for Dan Bentley, Craig Dawson and Toti Gomes.

And the goalkeeper and the back four were all at sea.

Arsenal did not have to work particularly hard to score their goals, and the two centre-halves especially struggled.

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One can’t help but think after this game about how much the defence needs Dawson.

He didn’t get on today, and the backline looked all over the place without him.

He is a figure of authority. Someone who takes absolute pride in the art of defending. And that was badly missed today.

Craig Dawson is Wolves’ rock, the defence looks shocking without him

It is obviously impossible to say whether the result would have been different had Dawson played today.

But the backline just lacked organisation and it lacked direction.

Collins and Kilman have potential as a pairing. But they just aren’t there at the moment and someone like Dawson needs to play.

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The 33-year-old has had a colossal impact for Wolves since his arrival for just over £3 million in January.

It just feels like he, being the leader and top professional he is, would not have allowed such an embarrassing capitulation today.

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