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Arsenal at Wolves preview: measuring stick

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The Gunners have won three straight against weaker teams. Wolves are a much tougher opponent.

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Tomorrow, Arsenal face a stern test of their recently discovered form with a trip to Wolves. Nuno Espírito Santo’s side has picked up the restart where they left off, winning matches. They’ve beaten West Ham, Bournemouth, and Aston Villa and haven’t conceded a goal.

Arsenal have also won three straight and will look to build off the 4-0 dismantling of Norwich City at the weekend. The match should serve as a barometer of where the Gunners are right now and could be an indicator of whether things are actually Getting Better or if Arsenal are just flat-track bullies (which still might count as “getting better”).

More importantly, tomorrow’s game is critical for table finish and European qualification. Wolves are 6 points clear of Arsenal. Seeing that lead extended to 9 would probably end the Gunners’ hopes of finishing ahead of Wolves in the table. Obviously, an Arsenal win narrows the gap to 3 points and turns up the heat on the rest of that clump in the middle of the table.

But it won’t be easy. Wolves are a very good team and have a real shot at making the Champions League. They’re currently level with Manchester United on 52 points for 5th. According to 538, Arsenal have just a 2% chance of getting to that likely CL-place 5th spot. A win over Wolves would improve their chances.

Things have gotten better on the injury front for Arsenal. Lucas Torreria is fit and available for selection, leaving Mesut Özil as the only short-term injury. The German is still dealing with back soreness. It remains to be seen whether Matteo Guendouzi (coach’s decision) will make the matchday squad.

Wolves are fully fit. The only question is whether Adama Traore, who has been mostly coming off the bench for Nuno Espírito Santo’s squad, will be in the starting 11.

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
WHERE: Molineux Stadium
WHEN: 9:30 AM PST | 12:30 PM ET | 5:30 PM BT
US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.

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