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Wolves vs. Arsenal

expressandstar: To get a better look at The Gunners, we spoke with Peter Wood from the Le-Grove Arsenal blog, to find out all about Mikel Arteta’s side.

See what he had to say here…

How has the restart treated Arsenal, are there signs of Mikel Arteta’s side becoming more consistent?
The restart has been brutal on Arsenal.

The pandemic has exacerbated many situations, mainly of a contractual nature and it has had a negative effect on squad morale. Outside that, we had a rocky start losing twice on the bounce to City and Brighton.

The last two games have seen stabilisation, the football has looked more compact, and the squad is starting to look like a team.

It has to be noted that Arteta picked up a group of players on their knees and he’s not been able to adjust with signings that suit his vision.

What he has done is address the culture within the club, he’s made us difficult to beat, and he’s enforcing his non-negotiables with troublesome players.

What sort of style of play can we expect from Arsenal ahead of the game with Wolves?
Arsenal will not shy away from Wolves. We’ll set up in a compact way, there will be a plan for Wolves’ vicious counter-attack, and we’ll look to exploit their weaknesses.

It’ll be a tough game, Nuno has his side outrageously well organised and they have some very special players that can kill you.

If we want to move up the table, we need a win, but I think most Arsenal fans would settle for a draw.

Who are the big threats at the moment in the Arsenal ranks?
Auba is the biggest threat, he looks happy at the moment, and he’s off the back of scoring two goals.

We’ve also seen the emergence of Kieran Tierney down the left, his power, pace and excellent delivery will be problematic for Wolves at the weekend.

Bukayo Saka just signed a deal, he’s arguably one of our best players at the moment, so expect to see him start and cause problems wherever he’s deployed.

Obviously, one of the benefits of the break in action was the chance for players to get fit, has anyone become available who may otherwise not have been at the Emirates?
Kieran Tierney has been the biggest beneficiary of the break in play. He’s back in the side looking fighting fit.

Clearly, he’s going to be a devastating player if he can maintain fitness. He’s a hard trainer, he loves football, and he’s showing signs that he could be a very important player for Arsenal next season.

What’s your predicted XI for the game? Is anyone unfit?
Lucas Torreira is back in contention for the weekend. He’ll give us some bite in midfield, which will be entirely welcome.

I expect Arteta will pick a form side. He needs to prioritise work rate and discipline.

We’ve really struggled to maintain concentration over the course of a full 90 minutes, so we’ll have to hope whoever he starts can see a game through.

What have you made of Wolves from afar this season, do you think they could be a serious Champions League contender now?

They are Champions League contenders. They have been excellent. I admire the work rate and organisation on show.

They are devastating on the break and they have a collection of excellent players.

It’s a fairytale story to think they could make the top four, but as long as those above keep making mistakes, they’ll be in the mix.

There’s a lot on this match. If Arsenal win, we close the gap on them to three points, if we lose, European football is out of the question.

Your match prediction?
1-1.

Source: Published by expressandstar

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Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

I really want arsenal to win.

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

Hard match to be precise, I go for arsenal

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
1 month ago

Wolves 2-2 Arsenal

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
1 month ago

Nice one

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

Must watch

Okonjo eluemuno Michael
Okonjo eluemuno Michael
1 month ago

It will be a tough match

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

The match will be very hard for arsenal to win

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

I wish arsenal to win match

Ogbeche peter
Ogbeche peter
1 month ago

No matter how tough it is, arsenal will win.

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Great one

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

arsenal to win

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
1 month ago

Frank talk

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
1 month ago

I want a draw

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

I wish arsenal to win

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Wolves will win

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Wolves 1-0 arsenal

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

This will be a very tough match
can’t predict it

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

That will be very terrible game

Ifeanyi Edmund
Ifeanyi Edmund
1 month ago

This will be tough for Arsenal

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
1 month ago

It’s going to be a tough match

Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
1 month ago

Wolves 2:1 Arsenal

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Arsenal is going to winnnnnn

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

Arsenal 2 wolves 1

KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
KOLEOLA OLAKUNLE ISAAC
1 month ago

Let’s see what arsenal has to display

Oluwatayo fisayo
Oluwatayo fisayo
1 month ago

I wish arsenal to win but it will be a tough game

IGONI BLESSING
IGONI BLESSING
1 month ago

Nice update

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

Congratulations to Arsenal in advance

Godwin Buduzhi
Godwin Buduzhi
1 month ago

war

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
1 month ago

This match is going to be tough

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

Tough match but arsenal might win

Abdullah gbolahan
Abdullah gbolahan
1 month ago

Wolves 2- 0 arsenal

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Welcome development

Lawal Oladimeji
Lawal Oladimeji
1 month ago

Wolves 1-3 Arsenal

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

this will be a tough match

Ademola micheal
Ademola micheal
1 month ago

Tough match

Oluwaseun Elugbaju
Oluwaseun Elugbaju
1 month ago

I’m all so going for stalemate

Temitope Samson Fayomi
Temitope Samson Fayomi
1 month ago

A draw 2-2.

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Arsenal will have to work harder to defend against Wolves.

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
1 month ago

Arsenal is winning

Abdulkadri Ayodeji
Abdulkadri Ayodeji
1 month ago

I hope Arsenal get a win or a draw

Abdulmumini yusuf
Abdulmumini yusuf
1 month ago

The match will be draw or anybody win

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
1 month ago

this match might end in a draw or wolves wins

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
1 month ago

The game is going to be tough

Oladosu Olumide
Oladosu Olumide
1 month ago

Up Arsenal

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
1 month ago

Arsenal will win 3-1

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
1 month ago

Arsenal should win biko

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

Arsenal 2 Wolves 1

Adaobi charity
Adaobi charity
1 month ago

Arsenal will win

Pablochidiebere
Pablochidiebere
1 month ago

Wolf will beat arsenal

Anyanwu Chiamaka
Anyanwu Chiamaka
1 month ago

I really want arsenal to win