Arsenal become 5th club to reach 100 goals in Europe's top five leagues

  • Bukayo Saka's opener against Wolves was the 100th goal for Arsenal in 2023
  • Gunners edged out Wolves 2-1 to open up four-point lead at summit
Bukayo Saka scored Arsenal's 100th goal of 2023
Bukayo Saka scored Arsenal's 100th goal of 2023 / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Arsenal have become the fifth club side in Europe’s top five leagues to score 100 goals in 2023.

The Gunners showcased their attacking prowess with Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard firing in quick succession within the opening 13 minutes of the game, securing a two-goal advantage.

Despite their early dominance, Arsenal faced tense moments in the latter stages of the match, conceding a goal to Wolves and enduring an extended eight minutes of injury time.

Arsenal becomes 5th club to reach 100 goals in Europe's top five leagues

Arsenal beat Wolves 2-1 on Saturday afternoon / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Saka’s early strike not only marked Arsenal’s earliest goal of the season but also served as their landmark 100th goal in 2023. Joining the centurion ranks alongside European powerhouses like Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, and Bayern Munich, Arsenal celebrated the milestone. 

Manager Mikel Arteta expressed his satisfaction with the team's achievement, highlighting the collective effort that saw 100 goals shared among 21 different players.

"The contribution has to come from all over the pitch," Arteta remarked, praising the team's versatility, positional changes, and improved on-field relationships that contributed to their fluid gameplay. 

Post-match, despite relief over the win, Arteta lauded the team's performance, emphasising their attacking threat and numerous goal-scoring opportunities created.

Yeah, I’m very happy, I think the team was excellent again today,” he said. “The way we played, the way we competed, we looked a real threat. Going forwards, we created so many chances and openings, we scored two beautiful goals, and it could have been three or four.

“But it wasn’t, and in the second half as well, we had some big chances to put the game to bed and we didn’t. And we gave them something around the box, they took it and that’s the Premier League, game on.”

However, concerns arose as defender Takehiro Tomiyasu was substituted in the second half due to apparent calf discomfort. Arteta reassured that Tomiyasu’s condition would be assessed, hoping for a swift recovery.

“We have to check him, he was a bit fatigued, and we decided to take him off. So, he’ll get assessed but hopefully he’ll be fine.”