|Wolves and Arsenal will look to capitalize on the dropped points by rivals so far in the game round. Who will win at the Molineux on Thursday? (Photo credit: The Sun)|
Wolves vs ArsenalMolineux Stadium8:45pm
Only two points separate Arsenal and Wolves on the premier league log, and with Tottenham and Manchester United dropping points so far in this game round, both sides have enough motivation to go all out for a win in this fixture.
Both sides were meant to have the reverse of this fixture in December but it was postponed due to covid numbers in the Wolves’ rank, new rules however states that before a game can be postponed, there must be a certain number of verifiable absentees due to the virus.
Arsenal have a very thin squad after seeing at least four first team players depart in the winter window without replacements, all the clamours for a midfield addition fell on deaf ears and club captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also left on a free transfer to Barcelona.
Wolves added a few that should help their cause but were they prepared to lose Adama Traore to Barcelona like they did? He doesn’t start every game but he’s been pivotal to the team, where do they go from here?
Arsenal are in a worse state than Wolves in that regard, in fact they’re only one injury to Thomas Partey and the usual suspension for Granit Xhaka for their season to unravel negatively, you look at their position on the table and a rare opportunity to nick top four and you wonder why they didn’t strengthen in the January window.
Mikel Arteta was quick to say the club didn’t buy anyone because they’re not sure the available players would help their cause, they tried for Dusan Vlahovic but the Serbian preferred a move to Juventus which he achieved later in the window.
How will both sides line up? Trincao is back and available for selection for the midland side, and so is Marcal. Jose Sa is one of the leading goalkeepers this season, he will have a lot to do on Thursday against the Gunners.
Arsenal will welcome back Partey and Xhaka after both players served their respective suspensions. Takehiro Tomiyasu is racing against time to be available for selection but Arteta has hinted that he could be involved, outside that it’s a fit squad for Arsenal.
Wolves completed a double against Arsenal last season, something the Gunners will look to avoid this term, going by how Wolves have played this season, they cede most of the ball to the opponent and hit on the counter, Arsenal must be wary.