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Arsenal are once again in a battle to secure a top four finish with a testing trip to Wolves awaiting them on Wednesday.
A shock home defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday leaves the Gunners in fourth place, level on points with Chelsea who can move ahead of their London rivals with a win at home to Burnley on Monday night.
Manchester United sit just two points adrift in sixth and with just four games of the season remaining, Arsenal cannot afford another slip up.
It is on the road where they have been prone to doing just that this season however and in Wolves, they are up against opposition who have the best record in the league against the top six.
Here’s our latest team news update ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Centre-back Sokratis will return for Wednesday’s game having now served his two-match ban, but long-term absentees Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin remain sidelined.
Hip. Being assessed ahead of Wednesday’s match at Wolves.
Left hamstring. Continues to receive treatment and further assessment. Will miss Wednesday’s match at Wolves.
Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessment. Will miss Wednesday’s match at Wolves.
Left knee. Continuing with gym based rehabilitation and strengthening post-surgery.
Left knee. Progressing through end stages of gym rehabilitation and conditioning.
Right ankle. Started on-field rehabilitation, conditioning and ball work.
Arsenal XI: Leno, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac, Mkhitartyan, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Wolves XI: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Jimenez, Jota
Head to head (h2h) history and results
This will be the 114th meeting between these two with Arsenal winning 57 of those. Wolves have 29 wins to their name – their last coming all the way back in 1979.
Wolves Team News
Wolves go into Wednesday night’s game in good shape, with no injury concerns for boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Opta Match Facts
- Wolves have never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League in nine previous attempts (D2 L7), the most they have faced an opponent in the competition without victory.
- Arsenal haven’t lost against Wolves in any competition since September 1979 in a top-flight clash, winning 16 of the 20 meetings since (D4).
- Arsenal have won all four of their Premier League matches at Molineux; only at the KCOM Stadium (5) do they have a better 100% win rate at a particular ground in the competition.
- Wolves have already beaten Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham this season. Only two promoted sides have ever beaten at least four sides to finish that season in the top six in a single Premier League campaign – Sunderland in 1996-97 and Blackburn in 1992-93.
- Wolves have kept a clean sheet in three of their last five Premier League home games, as many as they had in their first 12 at Molineux this season. They’ve only conceded once in each of the other two games.
- Wolves are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games (W4 D2). They last had a longer run without defeat in the top-flight between October 2003-January 2004, when Arsenal eventually ended their eight-game unbeaten streak at Molineux.
- Arsenal won 1-0 in their last Premier League away game – they’ve not won back-to-back league games on the road since October, while they’ve not kept consecutive away league clean sheets since February 2016.
- All of Arsenal’s Premier League defeats this season have come on a Saturday or Sunday – they’ve won six and drawn two of their eight games played between Monday-Friday under Unai Emery.
- Wolves’ Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in seven goals in his 10 Premier League games against the top six Premier League sides this season, scoring four and assisting three.
- Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 10 goals in his eight Premier League appearances against promoted sides, scoring seven and assisting three. Five of those seven goals and two of the three assists have come away from home.
TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time
Kick-off is 7.45pm BST (2.45pm ET) on Wednesday April 24, and will not be televised in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC Sports Gold in the United States and will be streamed on NBCSports.com.