Arsenal’s final game before the 2022 World Cup takes place at Molineux on Saturday as they take on a Wolves side buoyed by the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager.
The Gunners sustained just their third defeat of the season in all competitions in the week as they were beaten 3-1 by Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round. However, Mikel Arteta won’t be too bothered by the early exit considering their current position in the Premier League.
The Spaniard’s side returned to the top of the table last weekend following a dominant 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was a stellar display on the road, and victory in the Midlands will see Arsenal head into the World Cup break as Premier League leaders.
As for Wolves, they’ll be hoping that Lopetegui’s arrival will be enough for them to stage a revival during the second half of the season. They head into Saturday’s game 19th in the table having won just one of their last eight league games.
Wolves vs Arsenal preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, team news & prediction
Here’s our preview of Arsenal’s trip to Wolves on Saturday night.
How to watch Wolves vs Arsenal
When is kick-off? Saturday 12 November
What time is kick-off? 19:45 (BST)
Where is it played? Molineux Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports (UK), USA Network (US), fuboTV (Canada)
Referee? Stuart Attwell
Wolves Team News
Lopetegui won’t be taking charge of Saturday’s game meaning interim boss Steve David will be without defender Nelson Semedo after he was sent off in last Saturday’s defeat to Brighton.
Diego Costa is also suspended, while Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto, and Sasa Kalajdzic are all sidelined.
Matheus Nunes, though, should return to the fold on Saturday.
Arsenal Team News
Mikel Arteta rang the changes for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup tie against Brighton on Wednesday, with William Saliba being the only player to retain his place from Sunday’s win at Chelsea.
We should see a similar team at Molineux compared to what we saw at Stamford Bridge. In fact, Arteta may well name an unchanged XI for the final game ahead of the World Cup.
Wolves vs Arsenal Predicted Lineups
Wolves: Sa; Jonny, Collins, Kilman, Ait-Nouri; Neves, Moutinho, Nunes; Adama, Podence, Guedes.
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
Wolves’ Recent Form
Wolves 1-0 Leeds United (09/11) – EFL Cup
Wolves 2-3 Brighton (05/11) – Premier League
Brentford 1-1 Wolves (29/10) – Premier League
Wolves 0-4 Leicester City (23/10) – Premier League
Crystal Palace 2-1 Wolves (18/10) – Premier League
Arsenal’s Recent Form
Arsenal 1-3 Brighton (09/11) – EFL Cup
Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal (06/11) – Premier League
Arsenal 1-0 FC Zurich (03/11) – Europa League
Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest (30/10) – Premier League
PSV 2-0 Arsenal (27/10) – Europa League
Despite their woeful start to the campaign, Molineux will be lifted by Lopetegui under the lights on Saturday and I’m expecting this to be a tricky game for Arsenal.
This fixture was laden with drama last season, and similar tension should be expected in this one.
However, the Gunners were so impressive at Stamford Bridge last weekend that it’s so difficult to back the hosts at Molineux. It’ll take some time for Lopetegui’s impact to be felt in the Midlands, with his Premier League tenure starting with a defeat against the Premier League leaders on Saturday.
Prediction: Wolves 1-2 Arsenal