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Arteta Optimistic Lacazette Will Stay As He praised His Side’s Resilience

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

Arsenal completed the double over Wolverhampton Wanderers courtesy of two late goals from Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette.

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Soon to be free agent Alexandre Lacazette was the hero as his last gasp goal gave Arsenal maximum points at home to Wolves on Thursday night.


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The striker’s shot was deflected into the back of the net in the 95th minute after Nicolas Pepe has drawn Arsenal level in the 82nd minute following Hee Chang Hwang’s opener in the tenth minute.

The victory propels Arsenal towards finishing the season in at least fourth place as they’re now just one point off Manchester United in fourth with two games in hand.

Arteta was conspicuously full of excitement as he praised his side for their resilience while discussing Lacazette’s future.

“It was an important win for us. The way we won it creates such a belief and togetherness and an atmosphere and cohesion with our fans as well and that’s extremely necessary. This is a really young squad and we need that.

“I told the players at half time, it is in these games and if you can come back which will decide if you can finish on top in May.”

On the captain’s future, Arsenal boss Arteta said: “We don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season. We don’t have contracts that run for 20 years, it’s part of our job. He behaves like someone who wants to stay with us.

Arsenal next travel to Watford on March 6th for their next Premier League fixture.

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Lacazette as well expressed his satisfaction at claiming all three points on the night and how important it is for their course while Wolves manager Bruno Lage rued his club’s capitulation.

Lage was bitter about the result but did praise his players for giving their all and playing to instruction.

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Lacazette said: “I feel really happy, it is amazing to win this kind of game in the last minute. We really wanted this win because we know it is important to be at the top of the table.”

Wolves boss Bruno Lage said: “I’m unhappy because we lost but at the same time proud of my players. They did everything I asked of them.”

Wolves sit seventh on the log on forty points, five behind Arsenal going into the next round of matches.

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