Strap in, y’all. Arsenal versus Wolves is going to be a barn-burner of a match. I’m kidding. Both sides have scored a paltry 9 goals (2nd worst in the PL) and conceded an impressive 10 against (2nd best in the PL) this season, so today will probably be “first to one” wins.
At this point, we know the drill with the Arsenal attack. It’s static, doesn’t create enough chances or shots, and lacks creativity. It would be great if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could snap out of his goal drought sometime soon, but really, I’d be happy if any Arsenal player could find the back of the net. I’ll be focusing on the passing connections and attacking routes for the Gunners. Part of the problem is that Arsenal don’t really seem to have much of an attacking plan beyond “hope somebody makes an individual play” that creates something.
The Gunners’ injury news is getting better. Bukayo Saka and Willian are both good to go after leaving last weekend’s match against Leeds with injuries. Thomas Partey faces a late fitness test to determine his availability for today. Mohamed Elneny was pictured in training following testing positive for COVID-19 during the international break. It’s not clear whether Sead Kolasinac is also back after his positive test.
Calum Chambers has come off the injury report entirely, and while Pablo Mari is still on it, he joined Chambers in starting for the U23 side on Friday. Gabriel Martinelli is back training in group sessions and hoping to resume full training soon.
Nicolas Pépé serves the first of his three-match suspension today for his red card against Leeds.
Wolves will be without outside back Jonny and defender / midfielder Romain Saïss.
Arsenal - Leno, Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willock, Willian, Aubameyang, Saka
Wolves - Rui Patricio, Marcal, Coady, Boly, Neto, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Semedo, Podence, Raul, Traore
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