Arsenal ready for the Wolve Pack

It is another match week and the gunners look to go 8 Premier League matches unbeaten, a run that has been going on since December 2020.

Without three of the sides, important players {Aubameyang, Saka and Tierney} the gunners faced a solid Manchester United team and could salvage a point against the red devils at the emirates stadium on Saturday and that pulls them to 7 matches unbeaten, taking 17 points from a possible 21 points, and lifting the gunners to almost 4 points off fifth place and the Europa League spot.

Again, Bernd Leno and the Arsenal defense proved their fine form, letting just one goal in their last six league matches, Granit Xhaka did control the united midfield and Nicolas Pepe was the best-attacking player although unlucky to get a goal for his headache, alongside Frenchman Lacazette.

Next is a trip to the Molineux Stadium to face a Wolves’ side who have fallen to 14th place in the premier league. They haven’t recorded a win in their last 8 games, a total reverse to resembling the gunners’ former form and looking nothing close to the attacking football style we used to see from them last season and the beginning of this campaign as they have been lately more defensive, and this will open the chance for the gunners to penetrate their holes, as “attack, is the best form of defence”.

The January transfer window will end tomorrow and while Arsenal have been slightly busy this month, there’s still hope that one or two moves will happen with Shkodran Mustafi being linked to Liverpool and Ainsley Maitland Niles having many suitors, while Reiss Nelson looks to be on the radar of former club coach Unai Emery’s Villarreal {both on loan for more playing time}, while the gunners hope to find a Left Back to assist Kieran Tierney whose form this term has been amazing and helping for Mikel Arteta’s side, combining well with captain Aubameyang who is likely to be back in the starting lineup this week.

Arsenal Team for the last lap

Wolves vs Arsenal Preview 2

on how we have changed since the last game v Wolves...

“Definitely results are much better. We improved a lot of terms of getting many more points from our games. It was a tough game back then because we started the game a little bit slow, we conceded a goal, we scored a goal and then we dominated the game. But then we conceded another goal in one of the counter-attacks. We’re expecting a tough game. They’re a side that have improved so much over the years, that have picked up some big results against the big teams, so it will be a nice test for us.”

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS:

There is a bit touch to the strength of Wolves team as striker Raul Jimenez remains Injured along with teammates such as Jonny, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Marcal, and will all be unavailable to play their part in this match, Ruben Neves will also miss the game tomorrow while Romain Saiss is doubtful.

ARSENAL

The gunners have a strong squad right now except that club captain Aubameyang, as it stands, might not feature in this game, while Pablo Mari and Dani Ceballos are currently having their fitness back, even if Ceballos seem to have progressed better than Pablo Mari. Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney didn’t feature in the game against United due to match fitness state but can be in the starting lineup against wolves.

POSSIBLY LINEUP:

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS:

Rui Patricio, Maximilian Kilian, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Nelson Semedo, Pedro Neto, Ki-Jana Hoever, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker.

Daniel Podence, Willian Jose.

ARSENAL:

Due to fixtures, there can be a rotation of players for Mikel Arteta and meeting a vulnerable Wolves side could mean giving some players more game time.

Leno, Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Bellerin, El-Neny, Ceballos, Odegaard, Saka, Willian, Nketiah.

STATS:

  • Arsenal have won more against the two sides {P117, W58, D28, and L31}
  • Wolverhampton won the last match at the Emirates winning 1-2
  • Two of their recent five meetings ended in a draw.
  • Wolverhampton have won only 1 out of their last 16 meetings since 1999.
  • Arsenal have won 6 of their last 7 meetings.
  • Wolves have scored in all but one of their last nine home matches.

PREDICTIONS:

Wolves have failed to meet expectations so far this season and have gone eight games without a win, while Arsenal have gone 7 games without losing, on this, Predicted score will be:

Wolverhampton 02 Arsenal.

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola