Arsenal resumes their quest for European football next season as they travel to the Molineux to battle fellow Europe hopefuls Wolves.
Wolverhampton head into this game as one of the most in-form teams in the league since the restart. The hosts are yet to concede a goal since the restart and have also won all three of their games since in that period. They remain outsiders for a top-six finish and will fancy their chances against this improving Arsenal side.
After suffering back to back defeats at the resumption of the league, the visitors are now enjoying a good run of form winning three on the bounce in all competitions and keeping two clean sheets in that period. Mikel Arteta’s side still have their eyes set on a top six finish and will look to their first PL win over Wolves since 2012.
Nuno Espirito Santo has no injury worries heading into this tie. The Portuguese manager will be expected to start the same team that has started each of their last three games.
Arteta meanwhile, is faced with a host of injuries and internal issues with as many of six of his players remaining sidelined with niggling issues. Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil are not expected to be fit enough to play this weekend, while Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari are all long-term absentees. Matteo Guendouzi is expected to be dropped for this tie.
Head to Head
The last five games between both teams has seen three draws and a solitary win for each team. The reverse fixture ended in a 1:1 draw.
Wolves’ last five competitive games: WWWDD
Arsenal‘s last five competitive games: WWWLL
Nuno Santo will be happy with how his team has performed so far this season, with many tipping them to struggle this season following a strenuous Europa League campaign.
They head into this game firmly in the running for a top six finish. With 52 points from 32 games so far they are level on points with Manchester United in fifth and three points behind Leicester City in third.
The Wolves are unbeaten in five of their last home games in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in all those games. In fact, they have only lost three times at home this season with all those losses coming against teams in the top eight—Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
They have scored 22 times at home this season, and have also conceded 17 times at home. Games involving them have predominately featured just over 1.5 goals.
Arsenal meanwhile remains in a hunt for Europa league football for next season. With 46 points in the bag thus far, they remain outsiders for a top-six finish.
The Gunners have been undone by their defense, having conceded 41 times this term. But their recent form has seen them concede only one goal while scoring eight times in three games.
The visitors tend to perform better in the second period, having taken 50 points in the second half of games (W14, D8, L10) scoring 27 times and conceding 20 in the period.
37.5% of the games featuring them this season have featured over 3.5 goals. However, historically, this ties remain one of the least on goals with only one of the last five meetings between both sides ending with over 3.5 goals.
Both teams to score/Yes @ 10/11
Under 3.5 Goals @ 1/4
Draw @ 12/5