Arsenal predicted lineup vs Wolves: Partey starts

  • Arsenal will return to Premier League summit with win at Wolves
  • Mikel Arteta is only without Jurrien Timber
  • Gunners must bounce-back from tough eight days
Thomas Partey has started just one game since returning from injury
Thomas Partey has started just one game since returning from injury / Sportsphoto/Allstar/GettyImages

It's time for Arsenal to bounce back.

The cursed April started brightly for the Gunners, but the month has quickly imposed itself. Defeats to Aston Villa and Bayern Munich have threatened to derail the club's campaign, with Arsenal having just one competition to focus on the rest of the way.

All is not lost in the Premier League title race. Their deficit to league leaders Manchester City is just two, and victory on Saturday will see them return to the summit.

Only three points will suffice at Molineux, and here's the starting lineup Mikel Arteta could select.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Wolves

Martin Odegaard
Martin Odegaard has an impressive recent record against Wolves / Julian Finney/GettyImages

David Raya (GK) - It feels like an age since we last kept a clean sheet, but it was just two weeks ago. I think Raya has shown as of late that he's not a goalkeeper capable of bailing Arsenal out if the defence falters.

Ben White (RB) - White has played a lot of football this season, and we've seen the insipid right-back from the autumn, not the stellar performer post-Dubai, in Arsenal's previous two games.

William Saliba (CB) - I thought Saliba was good in Munich. His recovery speed will play a crucial role in shunning Wolves on the counter.

Gabriel (CB) - Gabriel could potentially see plenty of compatriot Matheus Cunha on Saturday. With Pedro Neto absent, Cunha's the man Arsenal must nullify.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - We haven't seen Jakub Kiwior since Leroy Sane tore him apart, so Tomiyasu is surely in contention for back-to-back starts.

Thomas Partey (CM) - Partey has looked rusty during his cameo performances, but there simply has to be a freshen-up. The Ghanaian has made just one start since returning from a long-term injury.

Declan Rice (CM) - Rice's debut campaign is petering out somewhat. He looks tired. Nevertheless, the £105m man will be expected to feature down the stretch with Arsenal still in the title hunt.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - Odegaard typically enjoys his outings against Wolves, with the skipper scoring three in the previous three match-ups. A Nordic masterclass wouldn't go amiss this weekend.

Bukayo Saka (RW) - Battered and bruised, Saka played a bit-part role after scoring the opening goal of the tie against Bayern. Let's hope the winger isn't burning out due to overuse (again).

Kai Havertz (ST) - Arteta may well be losing faith in Gabriel Jesus, who continues to struggle in front of goal. Havertz's box presence will be needed against a physical backline on Saturday.

Leandro Trossard (LW) - Gabriel Martinelli hsa barely looked himself all season, and he's struggled to find his groove since returning from a foot injury. Against a packed Wolves defence, Trossard is the better option.