Match Preview: Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers will arrive at the Emirates Stadium in London to face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. In the space of one month, the Gunners will be looking to have a second win over Wolves. The Gunners won 1-0 at Molineux back on February 10 and head into the midweek battle one place and two points better off than their opponents, having played a game fewer.

This game will be crucial for both teams as they will be looking to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. So, the game will be tight as both teams needed the three points. A win will certainly boost their run for the remainder of this season. A win could take Arsenal a point behind Manchester United with two games in hand. But it won’t be easy against Wolves, a team that has been transformed a lot under Bruno Lage.

Against Brentford, Arsenal had a dominant victory with the goals from Saka and Smith Rowe. Martinelli served his one-game ban following his Molineux red card in the win over Brentford, and the Brazilian’s return means that Arteta is blessed with a fully-fit squad for this crucial battle.

In February, Arsenal is having a terrific run. They opened the month of February with two wins from two in the top flight and could be considered as the leaders of the top-four chasing pack, currently sat sixth but only four points behind Manchester United with three games in hand.

Wolves will start the match after a narrow win over Leicester City last week. But it boosted their chance for a top-four spot, and against Gunners, they will need another three points to keep the pressure on Arsenal and Manchester United. 

Team News:

Arsenal: The exciting news for Mikel Arteta is the return of Gabriel Martinelli. Arsenal almost has a fully fit squad. Cedric Soares might start over Takehiro Tomiyasu as he had a great match against Brentford. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Yerson Mosquera and Willy Boly have returned to full training, and the Molineux crowd witnessed the very welcome sight of Pedro Neto making his first appearance of the season against Leicester following his serious knee injury. Rayan Ait-Nouri’s presence is in doubt after getting a knock against Leicester City. 

Head-to-Head:

Arsenal wins: 59

Draws: 28

Wolves wins: 32

Possible line-ups:

Arsenal possible starting lineup:

Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting line-up:

Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Marcal; Trincao, Jimenez, Podence

Kick-Off: Thursday 24 February

Kick-Off Time: 19:45 (GMT)

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Referee: Martin Atkinson

 

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