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We meet Wolves on Saturday night for the win that will take us into the World Cup leap to the top of the Premier League table, where we will stay for Christmas for the first time since 2007.

Molineux was a lucky hunting ground for us during the Premier League era, winning six of our eight trips to the venue and scoring at least once on each visit.

Wolves, meanwhile, have won just one of their last eight games and conceded at least three goals in four of those defeats. That, combined with just eight goals in their 14 league games, means they could move into our game bottom of the table if results conspire against them elsewhere earlier in the day.

Lopetegui stands in the new year

Wolves’ poor start saw Bruno Lage relieved of his duties in early October after winning just once in their first eight league games. In fact, their only two wins have been 1-0 home wins against Southampton and Nottingham Forest respectively.

Goals were paramount for the side in Old Gold, with Ruben Neves scoring four of his eight Premier League goals. They scored twice against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend but late winner Pascal Gross denied caretaker Steve Davis a point.

On Wednesday night they beat Leeds United in the Carabao Cup thanks to a late goal from Boubacar Traore and after our meeting on Saturday night, former Porto, Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui will take charge, who is set to watch on from the Grandstand on Saturday.

What the managers say

Arteta on wolves: “You are also in a moment of very special circumstances. I think Steve did a really good job looking at the games they played.

“We saw the midweek game they played and the game before that they lost, they didn’t really deserve to lose the game. We know there will be a lot going on at the stadium on Saturday night and it’s a tough game.” – hear everything he had to say in his pre-match press conference

Davis about us: “Our approach is never different, it’s always about winning. Of course we know their qualities, they are an outstanding team this season. Nobody could really stop her.

“It’s the last game [of his tenure], we’re going to give everything we’ve got, we’re going to work extremely hard, which we’ve done in the last couple of games and see where that takes us. We have a plan and every team has these little things that you think you can exploit and we want to try to do that.”

Team News

Emile Smith Rowe is our only injury concern as he continues to recover from groin surgery.

Wolves’ attacking problems were hampered by Raul Jimenez’s groin injury, Pedro Neto, who has been out since early October with an ankle injury, summer new signing Sasa Kalajdzic, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day and Diego Costa’s suspension. Chiquinho has also been absent all season.

However, there could be some good news on the horizon as midfielder Matheus Nunes is ready to return from a shoulder injury, while centre-back Toti Gomes is also on the verge of recovering from a groin problem.

facts and statistics

Bukayo Saka – whose first-ever Premier League goal came against Wolves at Molineux in July 2020 – has been involved in 10 goals (4 goals, 6 assists) in his last 10 Premier League games.

Wolves lost home and away to Arsenal in the Premier League last season after losing just two of their previous eight to them (W3 U3).

Since losing 1-0 in February 1979, we have scored in each of our last 29 meetings with Wolves in all competitions. Only against West Bromwich Albion (32) we currently have a longer goal streak.

Wolves not only have the fewest goals (8) and shot conversion rate (4.8%) in the Premier League this season, they also have less varied goalscorers than any other side (4).

We’re the only team to have scored in every Premier League game this season, while so far we’ve also had the lowest goals conceded (11) and most clean sheets (6). Indeed, for the first time since July 2020, we want to win three consecutive league games without conceding a goal.

Five players have created at least 20 chances in the Premier League this season, with no other team having more than three (Saka 26, Ødegaard 25, Martinelli 23, Jesus 22, Xhaka 20).

match officials

Stuart Attwell makes his first appearance at the Emirates Stadium since the New Year as we lost 2-1 to Manchester City. It will be the fourth time he’s officiated our game against Wolves and we haven’t won any of the previous three.

In fact, we’ve only won six of our 17 games he has officiated, the last against Newcastle United in November 2021.

  • Referee: Stuart Attwell
  • Assistant Referee 1: Harry Lennard
  • Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann
  • Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall
  • VAR: Mike Dean
  • Additional VAR: Neil Davies

Previous trips to Molineux

Last season we went to Wolverhampton and won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Gabriel, despite Gabriel Martinelli being sent off for two bookable rapid-fire offences.

Last season we saw two more men sent off when David Luiz and Bernd Leno were sent off in a 2-1 defeat by the hosts, while Neves and Joao Moutinho overturned Nicolas Pepe’s opener.

However, we had also enjoyed success the season before, with Bukayo Saka scoring his first-ever Premier League goal in a 2-0 win during Project Restart and Alexandre Lacazette also making the goalscoring list.

Check out a lot more classic action at Molineux in our playlist

Breakdown Live

Tune in on Saturday from 6.45pm as Nick Bright and Adrian Clarke take a look back at our win over Chelsea live from the Emirates Stadium and analyze how we can keep Wolves at bay.

There is also talk of our players traveling to Qatar for next week’s World Cup before handing over to Dan Roebuck who will be live at Molineux to provide live commentary so you can keep up with the action wherever you are are in the world.

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