Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).
Champions League-chasing Wolves have no new fitness worries ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal.
Adama Traore may return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in the 1-0 win at Aston Villa last week.
He replaced Leander Dendoncker in Wolves’ last home game – a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth – but the midfielder impressed and scored the winner in last weekend’s triumph at Villa.
Arsenal have midfielder Lucas Torreira fit and available for the trip to Molineux.
The Uruguay international has been sidelined since March with an ankle injury but could return this weekend.
Mesut Ozil (back) faces a fitness test while Pablo Mari (ankle), Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers (all knee) are long-term absentees.
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This is a big game. I am stubborn enough at the best of times with Arsenal, but I have tipped Wolves to make the top four. My normal instinct is to go against the grain.
Arsenal have strong individuals but Wolves are better collectively. I hope Aubameyang is there next year but if the right money comes he will be off. I questioned him to liven up, get your goals, and I don’t even care if you play well, but go and get yourself the Golden Boot. He is the fastest Arsenal player to score 50 goals. Can we afford to lose him? No, but at least we cannot lose him until the season ends.
Wolves have got everything going. They have balance in defence, their wing-backs are exciting, their midfielders are slick and silky, and they have an abundance of pace, movement and finishing up front.
Wolves are a better team than Arsenal, and Arsenal will still probably want to open up. Mikel Arteta will not want to change too much, and he will not try to stifle them. He may play Dani Ceballos closer to the front three as he is not great defensively, but the adjustments may suit Wolves.
The wing-backs will be a big problem for Arsenal. Arteta could swap to a back three which would suit Kieran Tierney, but way this game looks, I would have to go against Arsenal, which I do not like doing. I think Wolves will win it.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
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- Wolves are unbeaten in their last three league games against Arsenal (W1 D2), last having a longer such run against the Gunners between December 1973-August 1975 (5 games)
- Arsenal lost this exact fixture last season, ending an eight-game unbeaten league run against Wolves at Molineux (W7 D1). They’ve not lost consecutive away games against Wolves since February 1975
- Arsenal haven’t won any of their last 17 Premier League away games against sides starting the day higher than them in the table (D5 L12), with their last such victory coming in September 2015 against eventual champions Leicester City (5-2)
- Wolves are unbeaten in eight Premier League games (W5 D3), keeping a clean sheet in seven of them. Indeed, Wolves are currently on a run of 405 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal, since Serge Aurier netted against them for Spurs in March