Mikel Arteta backs Oleksandr Zinchenko after Wolves blunder

'He created so many chances as well.'

Mikel Arteta backs Oleksandr Zinchenko after Wolves blunder
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Mikel Arteta has no worries about Oleksandr Zinchenko (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has no issue with picking Oleksandr Zinchenko when Arsenal travel to face Luton Town on Tuesday, despite his error against Wolves on Saturday.

The Gunners beat Wolves 2-1, but it could have been a bit less stressful if they hadn’t conceded a Matheus Cunha goal on 86 minutes, creating a nervy finish.

The Brazilian’s goal came about as Zinchenko lost the ball on the edge of his own penalty box to Nelson Semedo, with the interception leading to Cunha’s fine finish.

It is not going to be a mistake that will cost the Ukrainian in terms of his first team place, with Arteta saying he did plenty of good in the game as well as the error.

However, he did warn the versatile defender that his performance was not perfect and there is room for imporvement.

‘He created so many chances as well, he provided a goal, it’s part of football, we all make mistakes and it’s not only about that it’s about how you react on top of that,’ Arteta told a press conference on Monday.

‘There are other things that happened after that that can be done better as well.’

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The win over Wolves has kept Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table (Picture: Getty Images)

Takehiro Tomiyasu started the win over Wolves but was forced off with a calf injury, with Arteta unsure but hopeful that it will not be a long time out for the Japanese defender.

‘We assessed him after the game,’ said Arteta. ‘We took him out for precaution. We will wait. Whether it’s useful to use him we’ll decided tomorrow He’s a strong boy hopefully he’ll be fine.’

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