Arsenal improved their position at the top of the Premier League table after beating Wolves 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon. Despite the narrow scoreline, Mikel Arteta’s side dominated the majority of the match and probably should have won by more than just one goal in the end.
The victory over Wolves meant Arsenal have now all of their last five games in all competitions and Mikel Arteta chose to praise his players after the match, despite letting Wolves back into the game in the second-half.
Mikel Arteta on the victory: “I can only praise the players. They were excellent. We played against a really good side and generated so much and conceded almost nothing.
“The scoreline should have been very different. We were very unlucky because we hit the post three times I think. At the end we made an error close to the goal – in the Premier League you get punished big time for that. Then at the end, it’s game on. Overall I’m really happy with how he performed again.”
However it wasn’t all good news for the Gunners as Takehiro Tomiyasu was forced off the pitch in the second-half with what looked to be a calf injury.
It would be a big blow for Arsenal if the Japanese defender is indeed out injured, as he’s been the starting right-back over the last few weeks with his top performances that have kept Ben White out of the team.
Today was no different, as Tomiyasu picked up an assist for the first goal and was solid defensively before having to limp off the pitch in the 79th minute. Before that the defender had a passing accuracy of 91%, won six duels, made five tackles and made one interception which led to him being the highest rated defender on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
Mikel Arteta confirmed after the match that he thinks Tomiyasu was just suffering with a big of fatigue and they didn’t want to take any risks so decided to take him off.
Mikel Arteta on Takehiro Tomiyasu: “I don’t know. He felt something. I don’t know if it was fatigue. We decided to change straight away and we didn’t want to take any risks. Let’s assess him and see how he is.”