Yet another gameweek is on the horizon as Arsenal travel to Molineux to face Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Arsenal will be hoping to fare better than they did when they welcomed Wolves to the Emirates earlier this season. In the midst of the club’s torrid pre-Christmas run, Arsenal fell foul to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in a dismal 2-1 defeat.
However, Wolves failed to build on that win in north London thereafter. After successive 7th place finishes in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship, it appears the Midlands side won’t be finishing quite so high this season. They sit in 14th place having played 21 times.
Regardless, Wolves away is always a tough game. Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Molineux during Project Restart certainly surprised a few supporters who were expecting the worst.
Arsenal predicted lineup to face Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday
A key reason for Wolves underwhelming this season has been the absence of their key man Raul Jimenez. The Mexican remains on the sidelines as a result of his fractured skull which was induced by a clash of heads with David Luiz. They’ve since brought in Willian José from Real Sociedad in an attempt to nullify their central-striker issue.
As for the Arsenal team, it’s to be expected that there will be a number of unavailable players. Mikel Arteta confirmed Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s availability to play at Wolves after the trio missed out against Manchester United on Saturday.
Dani Ceballos and Pablo Marì face late tests, while Mat Ryan is out.
Onto the predicted lineup:
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Bernd Leno (GK) – Would it be too far-fetched to suggest Bernd Leno is in the form of his career at the moment? He’s grown into something of a leader between the sticks, he’s consistently pulling off numerous jaw-dropping saves every match and has only conceded two goals in his last six Premier League outings. Arteta will be asking for more of the same from his No. 1 tomorrow.
Hector Bellerin (RB) – If Kieran Tierney were available for Tuesday, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Hector Bellerin dropped from the starting XI. The Spaniard hasn’t been especially poor lately, but his counterpart at right-back, Çedric, has quite simply been better. Nevertheless, with Tierney missing out again, Bellerin will keep his place.
Rob Holding (CB) – Holding’s game appears to have gone up a level since he renewed his contract with the club. There’s just no way that he won’t feature at Wolves. A key man for Arteta at the back.
David Luiz (CB) – Next to Holding, David Luiz was imperious on Saturday. After many called for him to be dropped following a shaky performance at Southampton, the Brazillian responded emphatically. It’d be unfair to leave him out after he performed so well at the weekend.
Çedric (LB) – Of course, if Kieran Tierney was available, it’d be preferable for him to start at left-back. However, with the Scot unavailable, sticking with Çedric in that role would be wise. As a right-footer, he’s coped well on the opposite flank. Yet, it would still be advisable for Arsenal to attempt to recruit a natural understudy for Tierney.