Exactly a year after Arsenal‘s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt which cost Unai Emery’s Job, Arsenal finds themselves in similar problems with 1 win in the last 5 Premier League games and without a goal from open-play since matchday 4 win against Sheffield.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers have a mediocre start to the season with 4 wins in 9 games. Wolves come into this fixture on the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw against Saints.
Arsenal vs Wolves Match Preview:
Arsenal host Wolves at Emirates hoping to bounce back from the terrible performance at Leeds. After a strong start to the season, the Gunners’ season derailed. Arsenal’s talisman Pierre Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t had a strong start to the season, with just 2 goals in 9 matches.
Wolves sit 10th in Premier League with 14 points in 9 matches, 2 spots ahead of Arsenal, and will be hoping to kick start their pursuit towards European places with a result against direct competition.
Leading scorer: Lacazette 3
Last Match: Leeds 0-0 Arsenal
Leading scorer: Jiménez 4
Last Match: Wolves 1-1 Southampton
Arsenal vs Wolves Team News:
Gunners will be without suspended Nicolas Pepe. Bukayo Saka and Willian, both missed the midweek fixture at Molde are available for selection.
Arsenal hopes Thomas Partey will be fit after the midfielder sustained strain to left thigh against Aston Villa at home on November 8. Mohamed Elneny who started the last match at Emirates is also ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 with Sead Kolasinac.
Captain Conor Coady is back for Wolves after missing against Southampton. The defender sat out Monday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton as he self-isolated after coming into contact with someone who had coronavirus. Roman Saiss is also ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19.
Predicted Line-up and Match Prediction
Arsenal Predicted XI: Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian, Reiss Nelson, Aubameyang
Wolves Predicted XI: Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Max Kilman; Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Rayan Alt-Nouri; Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 19 top-flight meetings with Wolves (W13 D5), going down 1-3 at Molineux in April 2019.
Wolves are winless in their last nine away league games against Arsenal (D4 L5) since a 3-2 victory in September 1979. However, each of their last three visits to the Emirates have ended in a 1-1 draw.
Match Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Wolves
Arsenal last season, were unbeaten against the Wolves with a 1-1 draw at this fixture and a dominant 2-0 away win at Molineux.
“You could see the way they finished the second half in the last game… It’s a really tough game, they are one of the most organized teams in the league for sure,”
“They have been together for a long time, they have shown in big games against big opponents how difficult they can make it so I’m expecting a difficult game against a team that dominates almost every aspect of the game I would say.”– Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta
“We know it will be a tough team, they are a very good team. The squad is full of very good players.”– Wolves Manager Nuno
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