Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits that his squad has ‘no margin of error’ in the Champions League quest
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits his party has ‘no room for error’ in his search for a place in the Champions League
- Mikel Arteta says Arsenal has no margin of error in the Champions League bid
- Arsenal won 2-0 against Wolves and have a chance at a top four finish
- The fifth-placed team can qualify depending on Manchester City’s hearing
Boss Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal has no room for error if they want to file a late Champions League suit.
Bukayo Saka’s first Premier League goal and Alexandre Lacazette’s late finish sealed a crucial 2-0 win at Wolves in the race for Europe.
The Gunners reached seventh place, three points behind Wolves, after a third consecutive victory on the top flight without giving in.
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal has no margin of error when trying to reach the Champions League
They are six points behind the top four – before Chelsea’s late game against Watford on Saturday – and Arteta knows what’s at stake.
“You don’t have a margin of error in every game, we know we try to win every game,” he said, prior to Tuesday’s visit to third-placed Leicester.
“Let’s enjoy it a little before thinking about Leicester and trying to go again.
“The race is trying to win against Leicester and let’s see what happens. We try to improve as a team.
“It’s probably one of the best wins because of the tough schedule we’ve had and how well they perform all season.
Talented youngster Bukayo Saka was on the score sheet in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Wolves
“Winning is not easy and it is a new step forward in our process and I am very happy.
‘I said after Brighton (a 2-1 defeat) that I was very happy with the effort, I never denied the effort and intention they brought in.
“We can’t give anything to the opponent, it’s about 100 minutes of fighting. Hopefully we do much better and that gives us a better chance of winning more games. ‘
18-year-old Saka struck two minutes before half-time to mark his new long-term deal with the Emirates with his first goal.
Substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s second goal as they triumphed at Molineux
He hit a volley from Kieran Tierney’s deflected cross when Wolves gave up their first goal in 448 minutes.
Eddie Nketiah had previously hit the post for the Gunners, while Adama Traore lost Wolves’ best chance when he tripped in the middle of the second half.
The hosts got the miss rue when Lacazette made it 2-0 with four minutes to go when he converted Joe Willock’s low cross.
Wolves suffered their first loss in the league since the restart and is now leading by five points in the top four by three points.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admitted that his party was not at their best on Saturday
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo said, “You have no control over what is said outside, we have to focus on ourselves. We never look at the table. What drives us is our performance.
“Today we did not perform very well and that is our guideline. We have no control over the rest.
“We need to analyze, see what we couldn’t do and why it was. We were better in the second half, so it’s a good starting point.
“It was not one of the best performances, the first half was not so good. Both teams were very balanced.
“We started the second half more quickly and we had some chances, but as the game progressed we knew they were dangerous in the counterattack.”