Gunners To Damage Wolves European Hopes

Wolves march towards Champions League football continues as they host an Arsenal side who are battling for European football themselves.

The West Midlands club have been in impressive form this season and are now level on points with Manchester United and are just two points adrift from Chelsea - having won all three Premier League games since the restart.

After a sluggish start in which they succumbed to successive defeats to Man City and Brighton, Arsenal have now won three consecutive matches across all competitions.

Those games have come against promoted sides Norwich and Sheffield United, as well as 14th placed Southampton and Wolves will pose a much greater test of their improvement.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now neck-and-neck with Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot as the Gunners captain took his tally to 19 for the season against the Canaries.

That victory in midweek has moved the Gunners above arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur into seventh and they will be desperate to get the ball rolling now as they enter a tough and congested fixture list.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are also on a three-game winning run, winning five of their last eight unbeaten matches in the league.

If Wolves manage to beat Arsenal and other fixtures go in their favor, they could find themselves sitting in fourth - that’s how tight it is.

Wolves vs Arsenal head to head

Only Liverpool (2) have lost fewer Premier League games this season than Wolves (6). The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, as a late Raul Jimenez strike cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half opener.

Wolves recorded a stunning 3-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season and are unbeaten against the Gunners since securing promotion to the Premier League in 2018.

Team news

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:

Patricio; Coady, Boly, Saiss; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez

Having had a full week off since their victory at Villa Park, Nuno has a fully fit selection of players from which to call upon for the visit of Arsenal.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:

Martinez; Luiz, Mustafi, Holding; Cedric, Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Arsenal's injury list currently includes Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers - all of whom are confirmed absentees.

Lucas Torreira has not featured since fracturing his ankle in the FA Cup win over Portsmouth, but the midfielder has a chance of being involved for this one, albeit probably not from the first whistle.

Now for my prediction – I'm going to shake a few heads here and go for an Arsenal victory. Having watched Wolves past three against poor Aston Villa, Bournemouth and West Ham sides I genuinely believe Arsenal have more quality and are going to cause an upset here that will, unfortunately, kick Wolves out of the run-in for a mouth-watering Champions League spot.

Match Preview written by Jordan Hall.