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Arsenal v Wolves – Premier League Match Preview

Leaders Arsenal look to continue their winning ways as they take on Wolves at the Emirates in the Premier League this Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s men went top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 away win at Brentford last time out while Gary O’Neil’s men fell to a late defeat against Fulham.

Here is all you need to know about Saturday’s clash.

Arsenal v Wolves – Premier League Match Preview:

Form

Arsenal: LWWWW

The Gunners recorded a fourth successive win in all competitions with a 6-0 demolition of French outfit Lens in the Champions League in midweek, which means they wrapped up first place in Group B with a game to spare.

Kai Havertz scored his second goal in as many games to open the scoring while Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Jorginho were all on the scoresheet as the Gunners extended their unbeaten home record to 11 games.

Saka will look to continue his impressive run of form after becoming the first player in Champions League history to score and assist in each of his first three home games.

The 22-year-old leads the way for Arsenal when it comes to goal involvements in the Premier League with four goals and five assists so far this season.

David Raya will likely reclaim his number one spot, despite Aaron Ramsdale keeping a clean sheet against Brentford in the Gunners’ last league outing.

The Spanish shot-stopper was ineligible to face his parent club last weekend, but made three saves against Lens in the Champions League.

Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith-Rowe and Thomas Partey will all miss the game through injury.

Wolves: WDLWL

The Midlands club were dealt a hammer blow in their last match, as Willian slotted a stoppage time penalty to deny Gary O’Neil’s men a point in a 3-2 loss at Fulham.

South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan was on the scoresheet for seventh time in the league this season at Craven Cottage. Only Heung-min Son, Jarrod Bowen, Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland have netted more Premier League goals than the former Red Bull Salzburg man this season.

Wolves have struggled with inconsistency this season, having beaten title challengers Manchester City and Tottenham. However, those results that have been overshadowed by defeats to Sheffield United and Luton Town.

Rayan Aït-Nouri is a doubt for the Arsenal clash with a sprained ankle, while Pedro Neto is edging closer to a return to the first-team following a thigh problem.

Experienced central defender Craig Dawson will be back available for selection after sitting out a suspension for picking up five yellow cards. The 33-year-old had started every game for Wolves before missing the Fulham encounter.

Last Meeting

Arsenal 5-0 Wolves, May 28th 2023

Granit Xhaka bid farewell to the Emirates as a cult hero as the midfielder scored twice on his final appearance for Arsenal, in a 5-0 win in the closing game of last season the last time the two met.

The Gunners had blown an eight-point lead in the title race to Manchester City, but had already sewn up a runners-up finish ahead of a big win over Wolves in Julien Lopetegui’s final game in charge of the visitors.

Xhaka grabbed the North London club’s first two goals, before he was given a standing ovation as he left the field for the final time in the 75th minute.

Bukayo Saka made it 3-0 before the break and second half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Jakub Kiwior wrapped up the win.

Predicted Lineups

Arsenal: Raya; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko; Rice, Havertz, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Wolves: Sa; Dawson, Kilman, Gomes; Semedo, Bellegarde, Lemina, Gomes, Doherty; Hee-chan, Cunha.

Who is the referee?

Peter Bankes.

Is Arsenal v Wolves on TV?

UK and Ireland: Not televised live in the UK or Ireland.

USA: USA Network.

What time is kick off?

Saturday 2nd December, 15:00pm GMT.

Odds

Arsenal – 1/4

Draw – 5/1

Wolves – 10/1

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