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Arsenal v. Wolverhampton Wanderers: exiting the highway to the danger zone

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People are focused on the off-field drama at Arsenal. They should be worried about the Premier League table.

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Arsenal Training Session
Have Unai Emery and Mesut Özil made peace? Only time will tell.
Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal come into today’s match at the Emirates against Wolves in a precarious position. On 16 points, the club is closer to West Ham in 10th place than they are to Chelsea and Leicester who are tied for 3rd. A slip today could create a 3-result gap to the top four.

Next weekend, the Gunners travel to the King Power for a showdown with the Foxes. That’s already a massive game with significant top four implications. Arsenal don’t need the added pressure of having dropped points at home to Wolves. Oh by the way, Arsenal have lost their last two visits to Leicester and drew the one before that.

There is little margin for error. Full points today would be huge.

A win would also provide a psychological boost for the club and the fans. We all know where fan sentiment is right now. While we don’t have any particular insight into the “mood in the room,” it’s a fair bet that things aren’t great. There’s the Granit Xhaka situation, reports that young players are mocking Unai Emery in training, and Mesut Özil’s non-inclusion in matchday squads. There is no longer a storm brewing in North London. That storm is here.

The good news is that it appears Özil is coming in from the cold. The German playmaker played 65 minutes against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and looked great. Unai Emery said that Özil will be involved today against Wolves. My bet is that he starts and that the attack benefits greatly from his inclusion.

Perhaps Özil’s return to the lineup will be the spark that starts the fire and turns things around at Arsenal. It’s about time the Gunners flipped the script.

LINEUPS:
Arsenal - Leno, Chambers, David Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ceballos, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Wolves - Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Otto, Neves, Moutinho, Diogo, Raul, Adama

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Wolvers

WHERE: Emirates Stadium

WHEN: Saturday, November 1st 7:30 AM PT | 10:30 AM ET | 2:30 PM BT

US TV: CNBC. Stream here.

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