Arsenal Secures Narrow Victory Against Wolves, Arteta Bemoans Missed Chances

Mikel Arteta expresses frustration as Arsenal claims a 2-1 win but falls short of desired scoreline

In a tightly contested battle against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta is left pondering what could have been, as his team narrowly clinched a 2-1 victory but failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities to secure a more commanding lead.

The Gunners, keen on proving their top form from the previous season was no fluke, once again find themselves at the summit of the league. Last week’s 1-0 triumph over Brentford, sealed by a late Kai Havertz goal, catapulted them to the top, and a subsequent win against Wolves extended their lead to four points.

Arsenal’s swift start saw them take the lead within the first six minutes, courtesy of a Bukayo Saka goal, followed by a Martin Odegaard strike seven minutes later. However, the match took a tense turn in the 86th minute when Matheus Cunha scored for Wolves. The final minutes included a nerve-wracking penalty check for the visitors, ultimately favoring the Gunners as no spot kick was awarded.

Arteta, despite expressing contentment with his team’s overall performance, lamented the missed opportunities during the post-match interview with BBC Match of the Day. “Football is not perfect, but I’m really happy with the way we played,” he stated. “It should have been a much bigger scoreline. We made a mistake, and they took the chance, making it a tight race in the Premier League. We had chances, and we didn’t put them away, but we kept trying. We had some big, big chances to put the game to bed.”

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With Manchester City potentially closing the gap to one point through a win over Tottenham, Arteta emphasized the need for consistency in their performance. “We have to keep winning matches and performing the way we are. That’s the challenge, to keep doing that every three days because we have another important game at Luton,” he added, highlighting the significance of maintaining their positive run in every fixture, regardless of the opponent’s league position.

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