Wolverhampton vs Arsenal: The Mauling Wolves are Hunting Their Next Victim
The Wolves’ campaign this season is still impressive so far both in Premier League and Europa League. Since the competition restarted, they have won third time in a row and continue being unbeaten for the past eight matches in Premier League. Nuno Santo’s men are looking for the next victim for another three points to bring them closer to Champions League spot next season. This weekend, it will be The Gunners’ turn to visit Molineux. They are ready to maul them for their thirst of victory. This is something Pierre Aubameyang and Co, who still need to divide their focus in FA Cup, have to anticipate.
The Wolves continued their series of clean sheet win last week while visiting Villa Park. Raul Jimenez and Co picked up a 1-0 victory by a single goal of the Belgian international Leander Dendoncker. It was the result they need to keep their European chance alive.
Arsenal had another positive result last Wednesday. They hammered Norwich City 4-0. Pierre Aubameyang scored a brace, followed by his assist to Granit Xhaka plus another goal from Portuguese international, Cedric Soares. It was their third consecutive win so far.
Missing players and probable lineups
Nuno Santo tends to stick to his favourite 3-4-2-1 with the transition to 3-4-1-2, 3-4-3 and 3-5-2. The Mexican sensation Raul Jimenez is the main front man along with Diogo Jota and the versatile winger Adama Traore. They have been deadly and daunting in the opponentsdefense line so far not only in domestic competition but also in Europa League as well.
Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio: Willy Boly, Romain Saiss, Conor Coady ; Johnny, Leandre Dendoncker, Adama Traore, Ruben Neves ; Joao Moutinho; Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez.
Mikel Arteta seems to have found a suitable formation for The Gunners in 3-4-3. Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Aubameyang will be picked for the dangerous trident upfront in the starting IX supported by Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos. The missing of Lucas Torreira, Callum Chambers, Mesut Ozil, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari does not seem to affect their form at all.
Arsenal: Emiliano Martinez ; David Luiz, Skhodran Musrafi, Sead Kolasinac; Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin; Nicolas Pepe, Pierre Aubameyang, Alexander Lacazette.
In the head-to-head meetings, Arsenal is not superior as expected. They only have won twice and had a draw three times. Wolverhampton have managed to win once in the last six encounters.
Nuno Santos men are likely to endure their positive trend, considering their convincing results lately and longer resting time for this fixture. Such is the luxury Nicolas Pepe and Co do not possess as they just finished their last match on Wednesday. The physical fitness can be a decisive factor here. Another narrow win for the host seems quite plausible.
Where to watch
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