Saturday, February 24, 2024

Post-Wolves quotes round-up: Arteta, O’Neill, Martinelli, Odegaard, Merson & more

Arsenal temporarily increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 2-1 win over Wolves at Emirates Stadium.

Bukayo Saka got the Gunners off the mark in the sixth minute before a tidy give-and-go between Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus led to Martin Odegaard doubling the advantage seven minutes later.

Wolves offered very little in the match but a late strike by Matheus Cunha reduced the deficit in the closing stages to jangle the nerves on a freezing afternoon in N5.

Here’s what the managers, players, statisticians and pundits had to say after the match…

Arteta on the margin of victory…

It should have been a much bigger scoreline. We made a mistake and they take the chance, and it’s game on 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.

Source: BBC Sport


Gary O’Neill on running Arsenal close after a poor start…

I knew that we’d suffer some moments against Arsenal because everybody does, and I felt we’d find a foothold and find a way back in and it was a long way back to get anything from the game, but we didn’t fear it would get away from us. The lads stuck together and gave everything they could to get us back in the game and gave Arsenal a little scare at the end. The lads should take a lot from that performance because we were short in numbers today, three young lads on the bench for their first time, we had to change the goalie, so to keep going, stick together and give Arsenal a scare, it was a good effort.


Arteta on Tomiyasu being substituted…

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.



Martin Odegaard on a nervy end to the game…

To be honest, in the end when they scored the first one, it’s always a bit – what can I say – you’re always a bit nervous for the second. But I think we did well after the goal, I think we controlled everything most of the game. Of course, we let them into the game with the goal, so that’s a bit frustrating. But in the end it’s a win and a well-deserved one, so we have to take that and move on.

Source: Sky Sports

Gabriel Martinelli on the importance of closing out the win…

Every game is important. We know we are top of the Premier League now. We want to be there; we want to be top of the Premier League for the rest of the season. We’ll try our best.



Arteta on dealing with the December schedule…

We train really little, we have one day to prepare for football matches, making sure everyone is physically and mentally in the best condition and maintain momentum, that’s it.

Source: Sky Sports

Paul Merson on Arsenal’s title chances…

Five games coming up before Boxing Day. Big five games. If Arsenal get through these, I think Arsenal will win the league. The next five games, they go Wolves, Luton, Villa away, Brighton and Liverpool, they win those five games, they’ll win the league.

Source: Sky Sports


Arteta on what he said to Declan Rice at full time…

I was just praising him for the way he played again, and so happy so there was nothing to worry about that!


Declan Rice with a message for the supporters…

A great three points today, it’s been a hectic schedule but stick with us, we have a big one on Tuesday [against Luton] and hopefully we can get three points there. A great result, thanks for all the support.

Source: Arsenal Twitter 


Arteta on not keeping a clean sheet…

You see how they celebrated the defensive action after seeing zero with Gabi at the end (on Wednesday), you can imagine that they are not happy that. Today was a game to have a clean sheet and we haven’t and that’s the good thing about the team that wants more.

Source: Post-game press conference


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Paul Scholes on Arsenal’s title chances…

I think Declan Rice will help them. He was brilliant, Declan Rice. I think he’ll bring a calmness to that midfield. He’ll bring a calmness to the team. I was a little bit worried about the chances and goals scored at some point but I think with Odegaard, I think they keep him fit, he’s so creative and Nketiah can make runs, Jesus can score goals, Martinelli gets back to form, he’s capable of scoring. There’s a lot of goals in that team. But I think it’s key that Odegaard stays fit.

Source: Premier League Productions

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10/10 Bukayo’s spring heel celebration!


I just can’t believe how good Rice is. It’s all the more crazy as when you look at the 10 biggest transfers in the PL, he’s the only one — with Grealish — who proved to be worth his price.

Naked Cygan

I never watched Rice play for West Ham much except when he played against us. I was shocked we were paying £100m+ for him, now I think in this market for an English player we got an absolute bargain price. If we can get Partey back they will boss the middle like Petit and Vieira. Unfortunately I have a bad feeling Partey will not play many more games for us.


Glad they rejected our Caicedo bid

Emi Rates

Caicedo would probably have done well with us. He’d likely be good anywhere except where he went. Everything that has ended up at Chelsea the last couple of years has turned to shit. That’s how they do it over there nowadays.


It’s funny, when pundits slam us as bottlers who are unlikely to pull through when it counts and will never win the title I wish them a long hard blow job by a mechanical pencil sharpener, but then when they say they do think we’ll win the title I’m like “fuck you, it’s December and this is Arsenal, how the hell would you know”


They know how bent the PGMOL is because they’re paid by the same people 🛢️💷




Good performance but a nervy ending i could of done without, great to see Odergaurd back to his best, Saka being Saka and Rice having another top game, time to give credit to Miki, his team selection and use of subs has been excellent this season, even when we’ve had to grind out a point or lose our 1 game to a dubious goal its been his decisions his plan that our side buys into, he’s made hard decisions getting rid of players like auba our captain at the time and also the keeper situation now, we wouldn’t be were… Read more »

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