I don’t like when Arsenal have to play Wolves. Nuno Espirito Santo somehow always seems to have his side up for the Gunners and always seems to have a good game-plan in place. To wit, in the last five meetings between the clubs, Wolves have won two, drawn two, and lost just the one. Earlier this season, Wolves prevailed 2-1 in the match that had that nasty collision between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez that left the Mexican international with a fractured skull. Thankfully, Jimenez is on the road to recovery and may even return to action this season.
Anyway, if Arsenal are going to buck the recent trend against Wolves, today would be the day to do it. Nuno recently admitted that his side are in a “really bad place” after just one win in 10 matches — that win came back on December 15th against Chelsea. The Gunners, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last seven league matches (5-2-0). You’d struggle to find two Premier League teams in the midst of such polar opposite runs of form.
The Gunners are once again headed in the “healthier” direction. Pablo Mari, Dani Ceballos, and Bukayo Saka have all returned to full training and will be assessed ahead of today’s match. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also back in full training following his mother’s illness and is available for selection. Kieran Tierney (right lower leg discomfort) and Mat Ryan (right hip) are both unavailable.
As previously mentioned, Raul Jimenez is still out for Wolves as he recovers from a fractured skull. Rayan Ait-Nouri, Jonny, and Marcal are all out for Nuno’s side. Romain Saiss is doubtful to be involved.
Arsenal - Leno, Bellerin, David Luiz, Holding, Cedric, Xhaka, Partey, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette
Wolves - Rui Patricio, Kilman, Coady, Boly, Neto, Moutinho, Neves, Semedo, Podence, Willian J., Adama
WHAT: Arsenal at Wolverhampton Wanderers
WHERE: Molineaux Stadium
WHEN: Tuesday, February 2nd 10 AM PT | 1 PM ET | 6 PM BT
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