Wolverhampton are in the race for seventh, but their chances took a hit after their 0-0 draw against Brighton. They fell to 10th after that result, still a point off seventh, with a game in hand on two of the teams above them. A win against Arsenal would significantly enhance their position and they have a real chance to get it. They’re one of the few teams that took something off Arsenal at the Emirates and will hope to take advantage of the Gunners’ struggles away from home in this one.
Arsenal suffered a pretty significant hit in their top four aspirations with their loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday. They still find themselves in a reasonably good position, but they could have taken a big step towards securing Champions League football for next season and blew it. They will have to get over their poor form away from home if they’re going to reach the top four. That needs to start Wednesday against Wolves. A win here would keep them in pole position for the top four, but a loss could send them into a tailspin.
Wolves should have a full squad to work with, according to Physioroom.com.
Arsenal have some key injuries they have to deal with. Granit Xhaka is a doubt, while Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck will all miss out as well, according to Physioroom.com.
Wolves: Diego Jota
Jota and Raul Jimenez are Wolves’ two big goal-scoring threats. While a lot of the attention goes to Jimenez, Jota is free to flourish along with him. He has already scored at home against Chelsea and Manchester United this season and he will be looking to add Arsenal to his list. The Gunners defence is a bit of a mess and Jota can easily take advantage of it.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang finally broke out of his goal-scoring rut and has now scored in each of his last two league matches. He is joint leading goalscorer in the Premier League and will look to take sole possession of that with another goal on Wednesday. Arsenal’s defence will likely concede, so they’ll need to get a couple of goals. Aubameyang is about as good a source of goals as there is in the Premier League.
Wolves are a good enough team to really take advantage of Arsenal’s poor away form. They have the talent to rip the Gunners apart and walk out with all three points.
Prediction: 2-1 Wolverhampton