Mikel Arteta and Nuno Espirito Santo ‘s reaction following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday’s Premier League.
The Gunners are rising into seventh place, three points behind Wolves, keeping their hopes of a spot in Europe next season alive.
This has been Wolves’ first league loss since the restart, and they are now trailing the top four teams by three points, with five games remaining.
Alexandre Lacazette wrapped up the points late on from the bench. The French forward gathered the pass of fellow substitute Joe Willock before shooting with aplomb past Wolves keeper Rui Patricio. Wolves had the best of early opportunities this evening and should have gone ahead within seconds of the kick-off.
Raul Jimenez launched the ball in front of Adama Traore, but Emiliano Martinez did enough to stop the fast winger from getting a clear shot at the target.
The first real chance for Arsenal fell to Eddie Nketiah, who hit a first-time volley in the hope of catching the goalkeeper out. Yet Patricio quickly got down to make a successful save on his close post.
The deadlock was broken on 43 minutes when the left cross of Kieran Tierney, which took a nick off of Matt Doherty, hit Saka, who smashed a sublime volley into the net ‘s back.
Wolves should have equalized in the 64th minute. Some strong Jimenez-Diogo Jota play sent Traore clear on goal. But Martinez just did enough to put him off again as Traore sent his effort over the crossbar. In the 86th minute, the game was set to bed. Before drilling in a low cross, Willock danced down the right flank and found Lacazette, who had skipped past Conor Coady’s outstretched foot before finishing in the bottom corner for his first away goal in the Premier League since February 2019.
Arsenal may have compounded the suffering of Wolves even more, but Willock, having beaten Patricio, saw Ruben Neves clear his effort off the field.