Arsenal earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory against the resilient Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday.
Wolves were happy to let Arsenal have possession early on and looked the more dangerous side on the break with Adama Traore, but Eddie Nketiah went close to opening the scoring for the visitors, when he hit the woodwork.
The breakthrough arrived two minutes before half-time, as Bukayo Saka displayed terrific technique to direct Kieran Tierney’s deflected cross into the far corner and put the visitors ahead.
The hosts improved after the break and the introduction of Diogo Jota ten minutes into the second-half helped create a pair of chances in quick succession, the Portuguese first having his shot blocked by David Luiz and then Traore’s chipped effort over the bar.
Nketiah missed a decent chance to seal the result, heading over from Dani Ceballos’ free-kick, but substitute Joe Willock teed up Lacazette to make the game safe five minutes from time, the Frenchman producing a lovely first touch and finish.
It would have been three had Ruben Neves not cleared Willock’s effort off the line but Arteta’s side will be pleased with a significant win away from home, one which moves them up to seventh and within five points of what could be a Champions League spot in fifth.
Arsenal are next in action on Tuesday when they welcome Leicester to the Emirates, while Wolves are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to Sheffield United.
Other Premier League results
Norwich City 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 5-2 AFC Bournemouth
Chelsea 3-0 Watford