Arsenal v Wolves Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI for must-win game

Arsenal will play host to Wolves tonight in the Premier League, but will do so without five first-team players.

Sead Kolasinac remains out after testing positive for Coronavirus after the international break, but Mo Elneny has recovered in time to return to availability after his positive test around the same time.

Thomas Partey remains out unfortunately with a thigh strain, while Nicolas Pepe will be unavailable after his red card last week against Leeds, and will remain absent for the next two league matches also.

Pablo Mari is closing on becoming available after completing 45 minutes in the Premier League 2 on Friday, while Gabriel Martinelli is also working towards getting his rehabilitation into top gear with him having joined in with squad sessions of late.

Willian is match fit and looks likely to start, while Bukayo Saka will undergo late tests before a decision is made on his participation.

Predicted XI:

Leno
Bellerin Luiz Gabriel Tierney
Ceballos Elneny Xhaka
Willian Lacazette Aubameyang

I don’t think the manager will be looking to risk Saka unless he proved to be 100% ready, and while there is talk that Nelson could get minutes in the league after his impressive performances in the Europa League, I don’t expect him to be starting this evening.

As much as I was tempted to take out Lacazette, as I’m sure the manager is, the only player you could take him out for would possibly be Saka, which would allow Aubz to move back into the centre, but the drought has to end somewhere.

Do you expect Lacazette to get the nod up front today? Do you expect anyone else to start against Wolves?

Patrick

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23 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    I don’t believe LACA SHOULD start, though he may. Not worth a place at the moment I prefer NELSON.

  2. S says:

    Southampton beating United, no surprises there.
    Us beating wolves would be a surprise cos they’re above us in the table and we’ve never beaten them at home since they went up.

    1. Baron says:

      LACCA OUT
      NELSON IN

  3. lcw says:

    Watching MU vs SOU.
    I might admit I have a soft spot for some ex Arsenal players like Theo, Ramsey, Wilshere, Welbeck and Giroud. Most of them are doing good and could still play for Arsenal.

  4. Roachie says:

    I’d prefer Nelson ahead of Willian.

  5. Loose Cannon says:

    hope i am prooved wrong very mediocre midfield and forwards, and with Luiz anything can be ecpected a brain drain, red card or even an assist.Fingers crossed, hope we win

  6. someone says:

    plz dont even mention Willinan.
    Nelson deserves that position Honestly

  7. Mrcool says:

    The midfield is very shallow. There is no player capable of giving the strikers a killer pass.

    Elneny, xhaka and ceballos can not give good passes.

    I hope Leno learns how to give a long pass and not just clearing the ball into the field the way he did against Leed United.

  8. S says:

    United beating Southampton via comeback? Won’t see it in this Arsenal team. We’re more likely to be victims of comebacks

  9. Jacob Jok says:

    Laca starts today and Arsl will win💯 sure.

  10. CorporateMan says:

    What’s is missing most in this Arsenal team is not creativity; it’s spirit; it’s zeal; it’s effort.
    The players don’t seem to put in enough energy into their game. They don’t play like something is at stake.
    With that kind of attitude, even a group of eleven world-players would falter. The work rate just has to change

  11. Longbenark says:

    Arsenal will win 3-1/3-0,

    Arteta needs to include the teenagers amongst the senior players,

    Nelson, Willock, Niles, Smith Rowe & Balogun.

  12. Stuart Jarman says:

    I would play Maitland-Niles, Willock and, Balogun in stead of Bellerin, Ceballos and Lacazette they have got to be given a chance at sometime and the three dropping out on the bench if need be If Willian and Lacazette do play and flop again then they should be rested for next few games Smith – Rowe should at least be a sub as should Balogun No point in not giving these younger players a chance when other higher profile names under performing and especially in Baloguns case it would make feel he does have a chance at the club

  13. NAT LEWIS says:

    Arteta is the problem at Arsenal. He keeo changing things to the extent that I now think all the players are now confused.

  14. Mogunna says:

    Luiz is not predicted before Holding who replaced him injured thursday.

    Looks like Auba is finally playing in center as well. I dont see why he will go back again on LW

    Elneny with xhaka and Ceballos above them makes sense even tho Niles is more of a defending player to replace Partey.

    Willian should not feature as Luiz not being first choice but he just may as he was rested on EL game.

    This is all prediction around Arteta picks, unfortunatly not our best option nor really easy to predict with Saka doubt, he should be rested or start.

  15. McLovin says:

    Win today,and we,will be up to 7th. Come on Arsenal!

  16. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Profigacy in front of the Wolves goalmouth must be eschewed by the Gunners in the match this evening at the Ems if Arsenal want to beat Wolves to the collection of all the 3 points that will be at stake in the match.

    The Gunners will certainly create goals scoring chances in the match as they always have done in their 9 previous PL matches this season. But the problem is that the Gunners have not been converting the goals scoring chances they’ve created into goals for Arsenal. This failing by the Gunners in the PL must end today as from the Wolves match.

    1. SueP says:

      Samuel… it better end today

  17. Phenom says:

    Just watching how intense the game between Chelsea and spurs is. If I compare it to Arsenal we are way behind. I think I will agree with @ corperateman, we lack spirit, deal and belief.
    If we don’t improve on these aspects in our game, am sorry we won’t make top 4 this season.

    I think MA should stick with the 442 formation with Auba and Laca up top.

  18. Mogunna says:

    As long as coach puts best players in natural position for a tac tic; we beat any team in EPL.

    if i may advise as a journalist; do a , “Team newz” and a seperate “Team wish” article always.

    Predict means to guess or bet o’ coach 11 players on pitch.

    Depressing but yeah he can but i doubt will play Luiz or he must be out immediattly. That Willian mess is enough!

  19. Tameh says:

    Is it my imagination or were Arsenal more pressing first few months of Arteta’s regime?
    Even if they couldn’t keep it up for more than an half but they were very direct and terrorizing then. I wonder where all that energy has gone.

  20. Mogunna says:

    . mAll we need is best players at required position upon tac tic which is to control game and attack or get wipped all game long running wild and nowhere, manage to draw…

    Keep it simple Mikel, the rest you got it mate.

    Leno
    bellerin gabriel holding tierny
    elneny Niles
    xhaka or ceballos
    Nelson Auba Saka

    if saka injured, Auba Laca Nelson

    Laca (behind)
    Nelson Auba Saka

    Niles and Eleneny are holding it down, Laca is a team player who will defend and great as a fake 9.

    in other words, wd have options, play best player in position is how a team should be decided; common sense; upon tac tic of course..

  21. Mogunna says:

    hope he gets it right.

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