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Ruben Neves aims savage dig at Arsenal players in honest post-match interview

Ruben Neves aims a savage dig at Arsenal players for the way they celebrated their win at Wolves on Thursday night’s Premier League clash.

The north London outfit moved to within one point of the top four with a 1-0 victory at Molineux with Gabriel’s first-half goal is enough despite Gabriel Martinelli seeing red.

Martinelli was sent off for two yellows inside 30 seconds, which was incredibly the club’s fourth dismissal in six matches in 2022.


Neves wasn’t too downhearted by the loss, but instead spoke about the reaction at full time of the Arsenal players and how they celebrated.

“We did well but we are struggling to score goals and conceding a lot on set-pieces,” said the Portugal international at full-time.

“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.

“We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are. I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years – it was like they won the league.”

Despite Neves’ comments, Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey thought the result was “massive” for his team in their pursuit of Champions League football at a tough venue.

The Gunners have just 16 games remaining in their campaign after being knocked out of the FA Cup and League Cup last month.

“We deserved it and the team showed a lot of character. We have to go game by game and today was a massive win for us,” said Partey.

“We know how difficult it is to come here and get the three points.

“They have a big crowd that supports them and they got a high from the crowd but we did our best and in the end we deserved it and we fought for each other.”

Player ratings

Wolves: Sa (6), Kilman (6), Coady (6), Saiss (6), Semedo (7), Dendoncker (6), Neves (8), Marcal (6), Trincao (6), Jimenez (6), Podence (6).

Subs: Chiquinho (7), Ait-Nouri (6), Silva *(6).

Arsenal: Ramsdale (7), Cedric (7), White (8), Gabriel (9), Tierney (7), Partey (7), Xhaka (7), Saka (7), Odegaard (7), Martinelli (6), Lacazette (6).

Subs: Smith Rowe (7), Holding (7), Nketiah (6).

Man of the match: Gabriel


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Mikel Arteta told BT Sport: “It is tough enough to play against Wolves here away from home, and we made it even tougher playing again with 10 men. The result is really positive, we needed to win, but we suffered in the final 20 minutes.

“The character, how we dig in, the spirit that we showed, how they defended so many difficult situations for such a long time, I am really proud of the boys. When I talk about the unity and the togetherness in the group, this is when it comes and they showed it on the pitch.

“We need to play with 11 players in the final 16 games – that is going to be key to give us the best possible chance for us to win football matches. To win games in the Premier League is hard enough, with 10 men it is very unlikely.”

Wolves’ Bruno Lage wasn’t happy with the decisions to allow Arsenal’s opener and disallow a potential Wolves equaliser after Raul Jimenez was judged to have interfered with play from an offside position when Granit Xhaka put through his own net.

“I think we were the better team, the tempo we put in the game was very good,” Lage told BT Sport.

“At the end we didn’t score, but I think we scored [the disallowed goal].

“I think it was two strange decisions, both goals. It does not justify everything, because I think we created a lot of chances to score.

“But the situations it was very strange, especially our goal. We must move one and keep working as we are working.”


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Twitter users reacted as Ruben Neves aims the savage dig at Arsenal players…

@Sabgooner: You won the league against us last yr when you beat 9 man Arsenal but that was fine. Sour grapes.

@AFCBenjh: I really haven’t liked wolves at all since that incident and their fans couldn’t admit we’d been cheated that time either. Don’t like their club

@gooner145: It’s called celebrating when there has been an injustice

@Adpritch81: I went to the game, and said exactly the same at full time..it was like Arsenal had won the league.. 🤣 

@JLScott_23: fair, but i’d also say it’s because they didn’t drop points after going a man down like they’ve done so often, and won on the road against a team also fighting for Europe…so…yea, i’d be pretty stoked too.

@fxckgaspar: how dare a team celebrate a win!


@BenFromEssex: He’s a fine one to talk. His only contribution was modelling a hairband.

@Fulhamflutter: This is getting a bit boring when you can’t celebrate a big win against adversity. Bitter.

@AineC1994: We all know that things changed… 10 years ago this would be Woves 0 – 5 Arsenal ask Thierry if am lying

@InformalEmpire: Yep, I’m sure Neves would never celebrate like mad getting an away 3 pts after going down to ten men

@Faersy: Sounds like one of those back-handed, bitter, self-ego-boosting comments; the kind you get from dickhead, up-their-own-arse, Sunday league players after they’ve lost a match and both teams bump into each other in the pub after

@SK_arsenal: Love how this is a stick that’s being used to beat us with. We’ve just over come more adversity, away from home against an excellent side, youngest team in the league etc. and grabbed a 1-0 victory after 3 weeks off.

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