Mikel Arteta on Martinelli’s red card, Tomiyasu and top four

The Gunners boss is set to face the press after his side's 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux in the Premier League

Mikel Arteta is set to face the press after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux in the Premier League.

The Gunners started on the backfoot and could have been behind after Thomas Partey’s clearance bounced off Leander Dendoncker, although thankfully it went straight to Aaron Ramsdale.

They then found themselves in front courtesy of a tap in from Gabriel who was able to pounce after Wolves ‘keeper Jose Sa was left injured on the floor following a collision with Alexandre Lacazette.

The hosts began to ramp things up after the break though and continued to have chances through Jimenez and Dendoncker once more.

Things then got even trickier for Arsenal as Gabriel Martinelli was shown a two yellow cards by Michael Oliver for a couple of cynical fouls in the same sequence of play.

However, thanks to some heroics from the Gunners back line they were able to hold on for a crucial three points which given the circumstances could be crucial in the top four race.

You can hear every word Mikel Arteta has to say after the match with brettbarley.com Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak and Chris Wheatley in the live blog below.

Arteta on the red card record

We know that playing with 10 men in this league you’re not gonna get points, enough points, the points that we want and we have to stop it. But to be fair it’s difficult to find more arguments and more ways to transmit that to the players. Everybody says it’s the most disciplined group they’ve seen in the last 15 years, but still we are getting red card for other things.

Arteta on the red

it’s the first time I’ve seen a red card like this in 18 years that I’ve been in this league. I think you have to be pretty willing to give a red card in that situation.

Player ratings

Props have to go to the Arsenal back five who were all flawless after the red card but Saka stands out again in Kaya Kaynak’s player ratings. Martinelli’s moment of stupidity put a dampener on things, but the real worry has to be Lacazette’s profligacy in front of goal yet again.

 

 

 

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