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Emery ‘optimistic’ Arsenal can make top four despite 3-1 Wolves defeat

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is still optimistic his side can finish in the top four this season, despite seeing his side slip to a 3-1 defeat away to Wolves tonight.

The Gunners went into tonight’s game at Molineaux looking to bounce back from their shock 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.

However, the North London outfit’s poor away form once again reared its ugly head and Emery’s side found themselves 3-0 down by half-time after strikes from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota.

Arsenal centre-back Sokratis would pull one back for Emery’s men in the 80th minute but it would be little more than a consolation, and Emery admitted afterward that he was frustrated, as he thought his side started the game well.

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“We knew before the match that it was going to be difficult because all season Wolverhampton are feeling strong, defensively they are a good team and offensively they have very fast players. Their organisation was very good and to break this was going to be difficult,” Emery told BBC Sport.

“In the first 25 minutes we started very well, controlled the possession but did not have many chances to score.

“We spoke in the dressing room at half-time and we tried to see it as a new match and in the second half we changed our performance and scored a goal. We can be frustrated but the Premier League is about being consistent over 38 matches.

“Today we’re disappointed but we need to remember how we were three months ago. We can be optimistic and recover for the top four.”

Arsenal remain in fifth after tonight’s defeat, a point behind London rivals Chelsea.