Arsenal vs Wolves: Match preview, Betting tips and Predictions - Gunners and Wolves in a must win quagmire
|Pierre Emerick Aubameyang controls in Arsenal's goalless draw against Leeds last Sunday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Arsenal vs Wolves
Arsenal’s draw with Leeds had an air of “what if” especially with Nicolas Pepe’s sending off very early in the first half but Leeds struck the upright three times and Leno saved severally to keep the score level.
Arsenal fans might be ridiculous with their rants on social media about a manager that isn’t only learning on the job but one that has to do it the hard way considering the club’s inability to offload lots of dead weights in the summer and their failure to lure in a creative midfielder to support the attack.
The club tried in vain to get Houssem Aouar from Lyon before the deadline day transfer of Thomas Partey.
Wolves settled for a point in their last game at the Molineaux but it was a game they could have lost too because Southampton kept pegging them back and was dominant although the Saints goalkeeper was in monstrous form to stop Nuno Espirito Santo’s side from scoring more than once.
Arsenal’s game against Wolves this time around is coming at a time the two sides need a win to restore confidence; the Gunners were battered at the Emirates by Aston Villa just before the last international break and Wolves lost 1-0 at Leicester on same day.
Wolves lost to Arsenal the last time these two met, it was a bit of a surprise at the time considering how bad Arsenal was with back to back defeats to City and Brighton but the Gunners ran out 2-0 winners on the day.
Wolves have no new injury worries and it’s left to the manager to decide who starts between Pedro Neto who bagged their equalizer after coming in late on against Southampton and Daniel Podence who drew blank in the last two games.
Arsenal have injury concerns, they went to Norway to beat Molde 3-0 without the duo of Thomas Partey and Bukayo Saka who are both injured, Nicolas Pepe seems to put the red card anger into the Europa game and would hope to get a chance to fly after serving his ban.
It’s left to be seen if either of the injured duo will be fit for the visit of Wolves but on paper, it would be a cracker, one to enjoy for the neutrals.
Wolves will attempt to bully Arsenal, which is why Arteta must get his midfield selection right, the Spaniard currently feels like he sets his team up to defend, and that frustrates fans who can’t but ask why considering how long he spent with Pep Guardiola.
Man for man it would be a tough game, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho will be the leading light in the middle for Wolves and Roman Saiss might return in defense if he’s cleared to play after going down to COVID-19.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang needs to start upfront more, his scoring return is now poor and rubbing off on the team with Lacazette struggling in front of goal; maybe it’s time to consider some Hale End product like Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson with both playing significant roles in the win over Molde on Thursday night.