|It's a straight battle between Wolves and Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday in the battle for the top 4. who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Football London)
Arsenal vs WolvesEmirates Stadium8:45pm
Top four is blown wide open and Tottenham is looking like the one behind now after another loss at Burnley on Wednesday night, leaving Westham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves with the advantage in the race.
Arsenal have three games on Manchester United who helped
themselves to a 4-2 win over Leeds United on Sunday, a result that took them 4
points clear in the top four fight, you’re only as good as the points you have
and no one counts points that aren’t won yet, Arsenal and Wolves have it all to
Arsenal beat Wolves in the
reverse fixture with a performance that will encourage their fans because on
other days in the past, their team would have lost considering the fact that
Gabriel Martinelli was sent off in a bizarre manner;
The Brazilian was booked twice in
the same passage of play, to be fair to the Arsenal youngster, he was fouled in
the process but Michael Oliver thought otherwise, Arsenal dug deep and remained
resolute to grind out the win.
Wolves beat Leicester City on
Sunday to fully throw their hats in the top four ring, it was a hard-fought win
in the Molineux wind, holding on despite how the Foxes charged at them in the
final few minutes, the grit and determination will be needed in the run in.
The momentum is actually with
both sides, Arsenal also beat Brentford but conceded a late goal that was quite
contentious, no clean sheet for the defense but the three points earned meant
they’re now favorites for the fight.
How will they both line up on
Thursday? It’s like a final as a win will take the visitors above Arsenal
although they have played a game more, Arsenal will go five clear of Bruno Lage’s
side if they beat Wolves on Thursday and also with a game in hand.
Wolves are defensively solid, they
hardly concede but they don’t score much as well, they will put all their men
behind the ball at the Emirates and then hope to catch Arsenal on the break,
Daniel Podence was their weapon against Leicester, they will call on him again
Arsenal can recall Martinelli
after serving his ban, Takehiro Tomiyasu is available for selection too but
Cedric Soares can continue at right back, Emile Smith-Rowe is on fire in front
of goal but will Mikel Arteta hand him a starting role?
Wolves completed a double against
Arsenal last season, but they would remember the Emirates for that horrific
injury on Raul Jimenez, the Mexican will look to put the nightmarish day at Arsenal
behind him with a solid performance, it’s a game to look forward to.