Mikel Arteta: Arsenal are closer to top four

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Mikel Arteta hails his players after their performance against Wolves as he claims they are closer to the top four.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes they are now closer to top four after a late minute win against Wolves in the Premier League last night.

The Gunner came back from a goal down to beat the tough side away from home as Nicolas Pepe and an own goal was enough for them to claim the three points.

Speaking after the game with Arsenal’s official website Mikel Arteta said that they are closer to the top fout but insists they need to keep the momentum going.

“It pulled us a little bit closer. One game less and three points. 13 games to go, and now it’s about Watford”, Areta said.

“I think it’s about belief, that we should keep playing the way that we are playing – and keep insisting – and have that resilience and that capacity to dominate matches like we are doing right now…and then that’s the energy and (synergy) with our fans to create a special atmosphere. Where people don’t want to come and play against Arsenal”.

On beating Wolves away from home Arteta said: “Winning at the end against a really good team, who – once they are ahead – are extremely difficult to beat them. I think they haven’t lost a game after going ahead since 2018, but we kept pushing.

“I think the attitude, the spirit, the quality the energy that the players put in, in the second-half again. To fight, to go and win the match was phenomenal. It created a great atmosphere and synergy with our fans, and it was great to win it that way”, Arteta added.

The Spaniard praise Pepe and Lacazette for their performance in the game as he claims the own goal should have been for Lacazette.

“I told you last week, I see a different Nico. I don’t know, it’s his energy, his happiness, his all-round play, how he’s training, I was convinced that he could come in and do something for the team.

“When I see our striker in the 85th minute, chasing a full-back in the corner flag, winning the ball back, playing, going, fighting, missing one chance, missing two chances, going again. What can I do? I can only praise him and try to help him as much as possible and give him support. At the end he got the reward. For me, it’s Lacazette’s goal.”



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