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Wolverhampton vs. Arsenal: match preview (lump of coal edition)

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Kickoff: 2:45 EST
Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
Coverage: espn3

The last week has been unkind to Arsenal supporters.  Losing in the coal mines of Donetsk, only to come home to lose to the coal-encrusted Magpies, left everyone feeling a bit...coal...y.  Like a big ol' lump of coal in one's stocking, that last week.

 

 

The solution, apparently, is to go to the home of Karl Henry, Mick McCarthy, and see what's what.  Wolverhampton sits second from bottom in the Premier League table on two wins, three draws, and six losses, with a goal differential of -7.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have slipped to third place, five behind Chelsea and three behind Manchester United.  United have to play Manchester City at Eastlands tomorrow, so there is a good chance for Arsenal to make up ground again on them, at least, with a win in the Molineux.

There is not a lot of news in the injury department.  According to Arsène Wenger's interview on the club's official site, Thomas Vermaelen has had a setback in training, and is out indefinitely again.  There is nothing in the scans, but there is pain.  Coal.  Abou Diaby may have to see specialists about his ankle, even though nobody really knows what's wrong.  Coal.  Laurent Koscielny's appeal against his red card was denied.  Coal.

Other than that, everyone is okay, including Samir Nasri.  Wenger says that Robin van Persie will get sharper the more he plays, and hopefully Cesc Fabregas regains his normal form.  There might be some changes, since the game comes three days on the heels of the Newcastle match.

Probable lineup:

Fabianski

Sagna              Squillaci             Djourou           Clichy

Song        Wilshere/Rosicky?

Cesc

Walcott        Chamakh         Arshavin/Nasri