While the start to Arsenal’s Premier League return after the restart was shaky, the last few games have seen them rise back up and put in a few really good performances. Of course, they’ve still got a long way to go before they can be viewed as serious European contenders, but there appears to be a bit of a spring in their step right now – and it’s been a while before we’ve been able to say that.
Now, though, they’ll experience a real step up in competition as they travel to the Black Country to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers. This is arguably the most important fixture of the weekend in the top flight, and the Gunners will be well aware of the threat that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men pose.
Since the restart, Wolves have been pretty much perfect with three wins from three and no goals conceded. Their games haven’t always been the most entertaining to watch, but they’ve still been able to get the job done and keep themselves on track for a second straight year of European football. They don’t have to worry about balancing the PL with the Europa League, either, given that their tie against Olympiakos will take place after the Premier League has already wrapped up.
The 4-0 win over Norwich during the weekend confirmed something that most of us already knew: this team is more than capable of putting in a dominant performance when they need to. Some will argue that the Canaries are the worst team in the top flight, but even if that’s the case, you can only beat what is put in front of you. This team has been through the trenches before, and they have to try and show that steely grit and determination if they’re serious about breaking into the top six.
Wolves were able to prove last year that they can tear Arsenal apart if given the opportunity to do so, and the visitors need to be cautious of that happening again. If they can control Adama Traore then that’ll unlock some real doors for them, but that’s easier said than done. With that being said, we do actually believe Mikel Arteta’s side are capable of winning this – and we’re going to, somewhat optimistically, predict that they’ll came away with all three points after a hard fought slugfest on Saturday night.
Can Arsenal overcome high-flying Wolves?