Arsenal come into this match very much the favourites after securing a deserved 1-0 win against heavyweights Manchester City last game-week. No doubt the Gunners will be buoyed after the massive win, but they must also remember that even games against relegation teams can be a very tough ask. It was only a couple of weeks ago that QPR recorded a win that seemed very much improbable on paper.
There is some unfortunate team news for the gunners as both Koscielny and Gibbs have been ruled out through suspension and fatigue respectively. With many critics pinning Arsenal’s recent revival down to Wenger’s ability to field a consistent back-five, the disappearance of the two defenders could prove to be a key factor in the match. Hopefully likely replacements Djourou and Santos will be able to maintain the quality that has been evident in recent weeks.
In other team news Gervinho is still out with injury, but Arsenal have ample back-up in young Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. Understandably Wenger used the experience of Benayoun on the wing last week against City, although fielding Aaron Ramsey on the wing a couple weeks ago was very much a dubious decision. Personally I would like to see Chamberlain get a shot, he definitely deserves it and given Arsenal are playing lesser opposition it seems like a good opportunity.
With Wolves sitting dead bottom on the Premier League ladder, anything less then a victory will be considered a huge disappointment. The Gunners much approach this game seriously and without complacency to maintain their third place position.
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on the team news…
Gibbs is out with a fatigue of his groin, so Santos is back. Koscielny is of course suspended for two games and Gervinho is ruled out with an ankle problem. Squillaci and Park come in. The squad is quite easy to pick because all the players available are in.
Gibbs is short-term, it is more fatigue than an injury. Santos comes straight back.
He is short-term as well. He had a test today which was not completely satisfying but he is not far.
on reports Per Mertesacker had started training…
No, no, no, he is still in Germany for his rehab and he is starting his running but he is not back in training. He is fine though.
Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs
Walcott Rosicky Chamberlain
Van Persie (c)
Arsenal to win:
William Hill, Bet365 & Skybet are offering the same odds of 2/5 for the Gunners to win away.
Bet365 are offering the best odds of 15/4.
Wolves to win:
Skybet & Bet365 William Hill are offering odds of 7/1 for Wolves to win at home.
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Wolves have conceded the most amount of goals this season (70), the Gunners have won 3 out of their last five away games and Wolves have won none of the last nine Premier League games at home, loosing their last seven matches in a row. Should be a walk in the park for the Gunners.
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