Unai Emery has given his thoughts after Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Wolves at Molineux.
The Spaniard remains bullish on their hopes of the top four after suffering another big blow.
Ruben Neves gave Wolves the lead in the 28th minute, curling home a 20-yard free-kick, to leave top-four chasing Arsenal with it all to do.
The hosts then made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when Matt Doherty headed in Jonny’s cross, and things went from bad to worse for Arsenal on the stroke of half-time, with Diogo Jota firing past Bernd Leno to make it 3-0.
Sokratis headed in from a corner late in the second half, but it proved too late to recover anything from the game.
“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,” Emery said, speaking to BBC Sport after the match.
“Their organisation was very good and to break this was going to be difficult.
“In the first 25 minutes we started very well, controlled the possession but did not have many chances to score.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was missing for Arsenal as boss Unai Emery made seven changes for the trip to Wolves.
A draw would have been good enough for the Gunners to go above London rivals Chelsea and take the last Champions League qualification place, but they failed to take the chance.
“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,” he continued. “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.”