Goals from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard put Arsenal two goals to the good inside 13 minutes against Wolves, and although they were unable to add to their tally after that, Mikel Arteta was delighted with what he saw from his team.
Despite Arsenal’s dominance, and racking up 19 shots, they had to see out some nervy moments late on, when Wolves pulled a goal back before eight minutes of injury time. After the final whistle, Arteta admitted he was a relieved man, but saw plenty to be positive about as well.
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“Yeah, I’m very happy, I think the team was excellent again,” he said. “The way we played, the way we competed, we looked a real threat. Going forward, we created so many chances and openings, we scored two beautiful goals, and it could have been three or four,” he told the club’s official website.
He continued: “But it wasn’t, and in the second half as well, we had some big chances to put the game to bed and we didn’t. And we gave them something around the box, they took it and that’s the Premier League, game on.”
Saka’s opener – on six minutes – was the earliest goal Arsenal have scored this season and was also the 100th strike of 2023. Only Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, and Bayern Munich in Europe’s top five leagues have also hit three figures this calendar year.
On the injury to Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was taken off in the second half, appearing to hold his calf, Arteta said: “We have to check him, he was a bit fatigued, and we decided to take him off. So, he’ll get assessed but hopefully, he’ll be fine.”