Arsenal will get a chance to make up for their League Cup capitulation when a plucky Wolves outfit visit the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs Everton – Premier
Venue : Emirates Stadium
Date : Saturday, 2 October 2019
Kick-off : 4 PM BST
TV channel : Sky Sports
Arsenal will be kicking themselves with the manner in which they squandered healthy leads against a largely changed Liverpool team to crash out of the Carabao Cup on penalties during their midweek game. The game virtually laid bare the Gunners insufficiencies this season — their inability to kill off games have not been helped by their nondescript defending and the five they let in on Wednesday made it nine goals conceded in their last three matches in all competitions.
Unai Emery will however, take solace in his team’s form whenever they file out at Highbury as they have been unbeaten in eighteen of the last nineteen competitive games they have executed at home. More so, three of their four league victories this season had come when they played at their home ground.
Wolves’s recent resurgence was dealt a severe blow when they went down 2-1 to Aston Villa in the League Cup during the midweek hostilities and thus, it is back to the drawing board for Nuno Espírito Santo and his team.
That defeat was their first in nine games, a run which included four wins, or five (if the cup shootout victory over Reading in the third round is put into consideration).
Surely, the mood around Molineux must have been sullied even as they brace themselves for the tough test which awaits them in North London.
Arsenal gaffer Emery favours a 4-2-3-1 formation for his team, and with Alexandre Lacazette set to lead the lines on Saturday, expect to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicholas Pepe playing either side of the attack, with Dani Ceballos tucking in just behind.
Wolves who play a compact 3-5-2 structure will be banking on the duo of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez to get the goals, while Leander Dendocker, Joâo Moutinho, Ruben Neves bring up the fray from midfield.
Emery have almost a full complement of his squad to choose from and is expected to call on his regular aides for this one.
However, skipper Granit Xhaka is unlikely to feature here following his recent ugly fallout with the club’s supporters, and Lucas Torreira could be favoured to continue in his absence.
For the opposition, Wily Boly is confirmed to be out after undergoing surgery on a fractured left fibula, while Morgan Gibbs-White remains a doubt with a back problem.
Head to Head :
Arsenal have tackled Wolves 114th times since their first ever meeting in the English Old Division 1, with the Gunners having a superior record of 57 wins to their opponent’s 30. 27 meetings had, however resulted in stalemates.
Wolves drew 1-1 here last season before beating the Gunners 3-1 at their home. The last time they suffered a loss at the Emirates Stadium was in the 2010/2011 season when they were beaten 2-0.
Arsenal are unbeaten in each of their last ten home games against Wolves in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 match goals scored in each of the last five games between these two teams at the Emirates stadium.
Arsenal have scored at least twice in thirteen of their last fifteen home games in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s defensive frailties of late have been shocking, and it is no surprise they have conceded in
each of their last four games. They are winless in their last two league games (L1 D1) and there seems to be no method to their madness of scoring lots of goals, but shooting themselves in the foot by allowing their oppositions right back into games with their shoddy defending. Will they tighten up their rear as they go in search of their fifth topflight win of the season, or will tricky Wolves find them out yet again?
Arsenal last 5 matches (in all competitions) : WLWDL
It’s all about getting over the loss at Villa Park for Wolves, as they try to juggle their European adventure with domestic commitments. They aren’t doing badly for themselves as have been noted, and they sit 12th with 12 points from their opening ten games.
Wolves last 5 matches (in all competitions) : WDWDL
Arsenal have a good opportunity to swing things back in their favour, and as well underline their season ambitions with a big result. It hasn’t been the best times at the Emirates stadium and fans will be eager to see the team edge further up the table with a win here, which would be their first over the opposition at this ground since 2011.
That said Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be pivotal to any chances the Gunners stand in achieving this. The Gabonese has hit seven league goals from ten matches this term but is experiencing some sort of goal drought, having not found the net in any of his last four games for the club. Expect that dip in form to come to a halt this time as he looks the best bet player to score
at anytime here.
Wolves’s tremendous record against the top-six sides since the beginning of last season ensures this game will be interesting, and it is difficult not to see them score against their opposition, the gulf in quality notwithstanding. They have scored against Arsenal in three of their last four meetings and both teams to find the net looks a great punt.