Arsenal have a crucial match away against Wolves at Molineux tonight. After their failure to take advantage of their rivals misfortune by being beaten 3-2 against Crystal Palace, this game’s outcome could determine whether the Gunners claim the 4th position on the league table at the end of the season.
There’s no room for error as the season winds down, the games get fewer and the points become more important.
Unai Emery’s attempt to rotate a shallow squad ended in failure against Palace and it’s clear that Arsenal need to buy to replenish, not only the first team but also the available choices from the bench.
Yes, injuries have been a factor but, there is a lack of genuine quality and it may take at least two transfer windows to resolve it.
The other factor in the Palace defeat was the poor defending of Shkodran Mustafi, who had a hand in all three goals and as a result of Sokratis being available after a two match suspension, he’ll surely find himself on the bench.
? Blink and you'll miss it.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 24, 2019
I don’t think Emery can afford to jiggle his side or his team’s formation too much but, the absence of Aaron Ramsey at this stage of the season is ironically important. Having that type of available option would have helped the cause in terms of physicality and attacking ability.
Meanwhile, Wolves will be looking to heap more misery on the Gunners and gather the points for the sake of it. There are no targets left, Premier league survival is assured, they are out of the FA Cup and are currently 19 points off a top four finish. However odds have been slashed drastically on Wolves finishing in an europa league spot this season with bookies offering spectacular odds which you can visit here .
It’s now about pride and performance with Nuno Espírito Santo demanding they finish on a high in preparation for next season.
Wolves won’t be there for the taking and they have class and quality to make a dysfunctional Arsenal pay if they lose concentration. Raul Jiménez has 16 goals and 7 assists to his name. Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota have 15 goals between them and a combined 13 assists.
Then there’s the sophistication and creativity of Ruben Neves and the defensive guile of Conor Coady, who it has been said was an Arsenal target. Isn’t everyone ?
The last six games between the two teams include four defeats and two draws for the Wolves going back to April 2010. However, Wolves are unbeaten in their most recent nine home matches in all competitions, winning seven of them. So, Arsenal will have to make and take their chances, which puts pressure on Lacazette and Aubameyang.
Preferred Playing XI Against Wolves
Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal,
Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang
Please God, No Mustafi, No Elneny !!!
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