Arteta: The scoreline should have been very different

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised the effort of his players during their 2-1 win over Wolves despite a nervy ending at the Emirates.

The Gunners raced into an early two goal lead thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and captain Martin Odegaard. Mikel Arteta’s side were almost the architects of their own downfall after a mix up between Declan Rice and Oleksandr Zinchenko allowed Matheus Cunha to score late on for the visitors.

The hosts held on to increase their advantage at the top of the Premier League to four points, with Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool all playing on Sunday.

When asked whether the end of the match was more tense than it needed to be, the 41-year-old could not fault the effort of his players.

“I can only praise the players. They were excellent. We played against a really good side and generated so much and conceded almost nothing.

“The scoreline should have been very different. We were very unlucky because we hit the post three times I think.

“At the end we made an error close to the goal – in the Premier League you get punished big time for that.

“Then at the end, it’s game on. Overall I’m really happy with how he performed again.”

Mikel Arteta was delighted with his teams performance after defeating Wolves 2-1.

Victory against Wolves starts off a December which will see the Gunners play eight times across the festive period.

The Spaniard has noticed an improvement in his side’s consistency in dealing with playing three games in seven days, something that was their downfall last campaign.

“When you play every three days it’s very tough to do what we have done in the week,” Arteta said. “We have to maintain that. There are certain things that if we do them in games then the outcome is going to be really positive for us.

“We have to rely on that and the rest is coming.”

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