Wolverhampton Wanderers Face Arsenal in Race for Europe

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: General view inside the stadium as the mural covering the empty seats is seen during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth at Molineux on June 24, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers host Arsenal this weekend in an important match for their Champions League hopes.

Nuno Espirito Santo will hope that, on his 150th match in charge at Molineux, his side can make it four straight wins against a revived Arsenal – a feat not achieved by a Wolves side in the top-flight since 1972.

Despite a concerning restart by the Gunners, they’ve won their last three matches and were impressive in their 4-0 win over Norwich City on Wednesday.

A win in the 5:30 pm kick-off could see Wolves momentarily move into the top four.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Face Arsenal in Race for Europe

Arsenal Need to Break Down the Wolves Wall

If Mikel Arteta’s side wishes to continue their resurgence in form then, they will have to find a way through Wolves’ seemingly watertight defence. The Midlands club have not conceded since Premier League football returned.

Currently sat in sixth-place, Wolves have been remarkably efficient in their last three matches, scoring just four goals.

Arsenal, who sit in eighth-place and are six points adrift of their hosts, have not won consecutive away matches since August.

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and set up another in their demolition of Norwich; if the striker continues his good form then Arsenal may provide a stern test for Nuno’s side.

The Gabon international currently sits tied for the golden boot on 19 goals; he needs just one more to join Thierry Henry as the only Arsenal players to score 20 goals in consecutive Premier League seasons.

Wolves Impressive Against the Top Teams

Wolves have a superb record against last season’s top five teams, having yet to lose to any of them.

The Wanderers have won five and drawn seven against the league’s best.

A key part of this success is Raul Jimenez; the Mexican striker is the Premier League’s top-scoring player in all competitions this season with 24 goals.

The reverse fixture, that took place all the way back in November, ended in a 1-1 stalemate with both Aubameyang and Jimenez on the scoresheet.

Including the clash at the Emirates, Wolves are unbeaten against the Gunners in three matches.

Team News

Lucas Torreira is likely to return to the Arsenal side after recovering from an ankle injury whilst Adama Traore could be handed a start following impressive performances off the bench for Wolves.

It remains to be seen if there are spaces in the Gunners squad for Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.

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