2020-21 Premier League: Week Ten: Arsenal vs Wolves

Arsenal face a difficult test as they welcome Wolves to Emirates Stadium in the concluding Super Sunday match from Premier League. 

If Man Utd fail to beat Southampton in the mid-afternoon game, Arsenal could climb to seventh with a win although a huge victory margin could see them rise to sixth.

Wolves meanwhile will go sixth with victory over the Gunners.

 

Team News

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Willian could return for Arsenal after recovering from a calf muscle injury that saw him miss Thursday’s trip to Molde in which David Luiz was withdrawn due to fitness concerns on the 3G surface.

Luiz however is expected to be available but Bukayo Saka (knee) looks set to remain sidelined alongside Thomas Partey (thigh and Pablo Mari (ankle) with the latter pair set to return within coming weeks.

Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny (both coronavirus), Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli (both knee) are ruled out alongside Nicholas Pepe who is suspended for this domestic match.

Wolves could welcome Conor Coady back after the defender completed a period of self-isolation after being in contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus during the international break.

Romain Saiss (Coronavirus) and Jonny (knee) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack 

  • Arsenal have won just one of their last four clashes against Wolves since the latter’s return to the top flight in 2018-19 season (W1, D2, L1).
  • Wolves are unbeaten in three of last five trips to Arsenal (D3, L2).
  • Each of Wolves’ last three visits to Arsenal have ended in 1-1 draws, with Arsenal scoring first in two of those three clashes.
  • No Wolves players have missed more big chances this season than Leander Dendoncker who has missed three big chances in eight appearances.
  • Willian has been substituted more than any other Arsenal player in nine league games this season, coming off the pitch on seven occasions after starting the match.

 

Prediction

After a disappointing performance at Leeds on Sunday, Arsenal hit back with a confident Europa League win at Molde on Thursday but their league form for the last two months has been worryingly inconsistent despite facing majority of huge teams in that period.

Wolves meanwhile dug deep to snatch a point against Southampton on Monday but they were by far the more dominant yet couldn’t put their chances away, so clinical finishing will be key here against a rocky Arsenal team who are too unpredictable at minute to make solid predictions.

It is worth noting though that Arsenal have lost both of their Sunday primetime matches without scoring and with the Gunners in poor form, I simply feel that this is an opportunity for Wolves to take advantage of physiologically if can start on the front foot and control this match.

Prediction: Arsenal 0-1 Wolves

Result: Arsenal 1-2 Wolves

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