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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Arsenal
MIKEL ARTETA was hugely satisfied with his charges after witnessing Arsenal’s best Premier League performance since he took charge back in December.
The Gunners provided a complete away performance to snaffle the points away from Molineux, closing the gap on the top four to eight points in the process.
“That is probably one of the best because of the difficult schedule that we had compared to them in terms of the recovery and for how well they have been doing for the whole season and because of COVID-19,” Arteta enthused.
“To come here and win the way we have done today is not an easy thing to do, it’s another step forward in our process so I am really happy today.”
Having put pen to paper on a new deal at The Emirates Stadium, Bukayo Saka opened the scoring shortly before the break, expertly beating Rui Patricio with a crisp, left-footed first-time effort.
Alexandre Lacazette sealed the points in the final stages, supplying a neat finish to Wilock’s cross three minutes after arriving from the bench.
Arteta added: “I think the reason we can win against any team is because at the moment we are enjoying suffering together.
“In difficult moments, if you can enjoy doing that then you will get rewarded because we have the ability afterwards to hurt teams.
“At the moment, we don’t have the ability to batter teams for ninety-five minutes. If you are not able to do that you have to be very able to compete and be a team.
“A team means that the eleven who started and all of the subs really make a difference in the game.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Tuesday, July 7 when they face Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium (8:15pm)
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patrício, Boly, Coady, Saïss, Doherty (Neto 72’), Dendoncker (Jota 55’), Neves, João Moutinho (Gibbs-White 89’), Castro Otto, Traoré, Jiménez Subs not used: Cavaco Jordão, Ruddy, Vinagre, Campana, Kilman, Buur
Arsenal: Martínez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Cédric Soares (Bellerín 76’), Ceballos (Torreira 83’), Xhaka, Tierney (Maitland-Niles 56’), Saka (Willock 76’), Nketiah (Lacazette83’), Aubameyang Subs not used: Papastathopoulos, Holding, Nelson, Macey
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Stuart Burt and Dan Cook
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)