Wolves: Rui Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Hoever, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Semedo; Neto, Podence, Traore
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka, Smith Rowe; Pepe, Lacazette, Willian
Wolves vs Arsenal Score Prediction
A very tough one to call, which is a bizarre statement to make given the current periods of form for both teams. Wolves are on a torrid run while Arsenal are in their best moment in the league since Arteta took charge.
News of Tierney’s continued absence hasn’t been as keenly felt as expected, with the Scot being covered competently by Cedric at left-back. Whether Saka is fit enough to start will be interesting, yet even if he isn’t, other players are coming into form and proven themselves useful in recent fixtures.
Where Arsenal can win this game is in midfield. Despite being 34 years old Joao Moutinho is still such a classy operator, one only truly lacking in one department: pace.
Give him time on the ball and he will hurt you. Likewise, starve him of possession and the opposition can wrestle control. With Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka striking up an understanding over the past two matches, how they fare in that area of the park could swing the tie in Arsenal’s favour.
Hector Bellerin should have no issues with an erratic Nelson Semedo, someone who is capable of beating him man but lacks the spacial awareness needed to be a Premier League full-back. It was a back four setup when these two sides last met, a system Santo has been forced to abandon in the past four fixtures due to personnel issues, which could be to Arsenal’s benefit.
Full of confidence, if Nicolas Pepe can be as threatening in transition as he was against the Saints and United, then isolating Wily Boly and exploiting whatever spaces between him and Conor Coady may bring some joy.