Arsenal celebrated like they had “won the league” – Wolves’ Ruben Neves


Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves says Arsenal celebrated their win over them like they had “won the league”. The Gunners held on to beat the West Midlands side 1-0 after being reduced to 10 men when Gabriel Martinelli was sent off after 69 minutes.

The victory was Arsenal’s first in 2022 and moved them up to fifth in the Premier League. “We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are,” said Portugal international Neves. “I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years – it was like they won the league.”

Gabriel bundled home Alexandre Lacazette’s flick-on to score for Arsenal, who claimed a first win in six games to close to within a point of West Ham having played two fewer games. Wolves, who are eighth, thought Lacazette fouled keeper Jose Sa in the build up to the goal. “We did well but we are struggling to score goals and conceding a lot on set-pieces,” added Neves.

“With their goal there is some doubt about whether it was a foul or not but that’s football. We are used to these decisions. “We need to improve a lot on scoring goals because we are creating chances but we’re not good enough in that part of the game. “I can accept the decision about their goal but in some games they give it and in some games they don’t. They need to do the same decisions in every game because it’s frustrating for us.”


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