Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Arsenal- preview and prediction, team news, and lineups
Following the Africa Cup of Nations, Wolves should welcome Romain Saiss back to the backline, with Toti Gomes dropping out and Jose Sa taking over in goal for veteran John Ruddy.
Jonny, Willy Boly, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera, and Hwang Hee-chan are still missing, and it’s unclear whether Francisco Trincao will be able to return from COVID-19 illness.
If Trincao is unable to participate, Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence might form a two-man strikeforce, resulting in another midfield overload of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, and Leander Dendoncker.
Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey have returned to Arsenal‘s midfield after serving suspensions, but AFCON runner-up Mohamed Elneny may not be ready to play just yet.
Despite the fact that Nicolas Pepe joined the group in Dubai and will be available, Cedric Soares and Takehiro Tomiyasu are both injured, leaving Arteta with a vital decision to make at right-back.
As Rob Holding is in defense, Ben White will likely fill in there if necessary, although Cedric is regarded to have a strong chance of shaking off his hip injury and making himself available.
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Jimenez, Podence
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Our Prediction: Home Win or Draw
Wolves and high-scoring games do not mix, and if Arsenal repeats their dreadful performance against Burnley before the international break, supporters may not get their money’s worth here.
The Gunners’ possible loss of Tomiyasu could be vital, but with a plethora of young talent behind the primary striker, Arteta’s side should end their goal drought and shake hands with their fellow European contenders on a point.