Verdict: Arsenal win
Best Odds: 4/11
Simply looking to sign off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a welcomed boost in north London, Arsenal will welcome Wolves to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Arsenal might have marked their return from March’s international break with their sights set on making real Premier League history, Mikel Arteta’s young squad have endured a public collapse over recent times. Putting in a flat display last weekend as they were hit with a 1-0 loss at the hands of Nottingham Forest, that result was enough to confirm that the Premier League title will be staying in Manchester. Although Arsenal might have eventually cruised their way to a lucrative Champions League return this season, fans around north London have been left frustrated by this side’s extended rut. In fact, on a run that is highlighted by a 3-0 drumming at home against a high-flying Brighton on May 14th, the Gunners have now won just a pair of their last eight Premier League appearances – a run that stems back to a 4-1 victory against Leeds on April 1st.
Picking up an ankle injury earlier in the month, Arsenal have already confirmed that attacking talisman Gabriel Martinelli will not feature on Sunday afternoon. Likewise, not making a single appearance since returning from March’s international break, William Salbia will also miss out here.
However, the Gunners are hopeful that ex-Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko could play some part at the Emirates. Despite notching just a single goal in his last six Premier League outings, Gabriel Jesus will spearhead Arteta’s attack in north London.
As for the visitors, while Wolves might have eased their way to Premier League safety this season, Julen Lopetegui’s side have struggled with their consistency over the past month. Suffering last-gasp heartbreak at home against relegation scrappers Everton as they eventually had to settle for a 1-1 draw, the Midlands-based outfit have recorded just a single win from their last four top-flight appearances. Reportedly dealing with a string of issues behind the scenes at Molineux and growing speculation that Lopetegui could be heading for the exit, Wolves have also gained a real reputation for their struggles on the road. On a run that is highlighted by an infamous 6-0 drumming at the hands of Brighton on April 29th, Sunday’s guests have picked up just two points from any of their last seven Premier League showdowns away from Molineux. Losing each of their last three meetings against Arsenal, the ex-Real Madrid boss should face a tough challenge here.
Both dealing with long-term knee injuries, Wolves will once again be without the duo of Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho when they travel to north London on Sunday afternoon. Settling for a spot on the bench against Everton last weekend, midfield talisman Matheus Nunes should make a full return at the Emirates.
Finding the net at Molineux last week, South Korean international Hee-Chan Hwang should keep his spot in Lopetegui’s attack. Likewise, Matheus Cunha could come in and replace former PSG star Pablo Sarabia.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides met for their reverse Premier League meeting on November 12th, Arsenal picked up a 2-0 victory at Molineux.
- Likewise, the Gunners have won each of their last three meetings against Wolves by an aggregate score of 5-1.
- Wolves have collected just two points from any of their last seven Premier League appearances on the road.
- Including last weekend’s 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal have won just a pair of their previous eight top-flight contests.
- 12 of the last 13 meetings between Sunday’s opponents have finished with over 1.5 goals.
Dealing with a public collapse since returning from March’s international break, Arsenal will be desperate to pick up some kind of boost on Sunday afternoon. Despite mustering just a pair of wins from any of their last eight Premier League appearances, Arteta’s side should be relishing Wolves’ arrival here. With Sunday’s guests claiming just two points from their previous seven top-flight battles away from Molineux, it should also be noted that the Gunners do hold an eye-catching record. Including a 2-0 victory when they traveled to the Midlands for their reverse Premier League showdown on November 12th, Arsenal have won each of their last three meetings against Wolves by an aggregate score of 5-1.
Verdict: Arsenal win
Best Odds: 4/11
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