Arsenal is set to host Wolverhampton Wanderers on a Thursday night, which promises to be a cracking fixture at the Emirates.
Arsenal who are 6th on the table will face Wolves who find themselves a spot below Arsenal at 7th.
Both these clubs missed out on European football last time around, but with some changes and improvements, these clubs look strong now and will have their eyes set on a much higher finish than last season.
Arsenal has a slender 2 points advantage over Wolves heading into this one, but they also have a game in hand over Bruno Lage’s side.
Both these sides have ambitions of playing in Europe, Arsenal maybe even eyeing a Champions League spot. And with those ambitions in mind, it’s safe to say a lot is riding on this game.
It promises to be a potential 6 pointer and it will unfold before our eyes on a cold Thursday night in North London.
So, let’s talk about it!
Arsenal and Wolves have met quite a lot of times actually. They have shared the pitch 102 times, where Arsenal has won 47 times and Wolves 28 times. Spoils were shared on 27 occasions.
Since the match will be played at the Emirates it’s relevant to see the record down there.
At the Emirates, the sides have played 51 times where Arsenal slightly edge Wolves, they have won 21 times, lost 19, and 11 of those encounters were a draw.
Arsenal in their last 5 matches, have won twice, lost only once but had to settle for a draw on two occasions.
On a positive note, they are coming off on two consecutive victories and one of them was against Wolves. Heading into this one they will be looking for a hattrick of victories and a league double over Wolves.
Wolves, on the other hand, have won thrice and lost twice in their last 5 games. One of those two defeats was of course against the Gunners.
Arsenal has only lost one of their last ten home league games against Wolves (W5 D4), however, that loss did come in this same match last season. The Gunners are aiming for their first league double over Wolves since 2010-11.
This season’s Arsenal vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers match will be the first in Premier League history to have both games on a Thursday. The last time this happened in the top flight was between Bury and Tottenham Hotspur in 1924-25.
Having lost consecutive league games at the start of December conceding five goals in the process. Arsenal has lost just one of their last eight in the Premier League (W6 D1), conceding just four goals and keeping five clean sheets in this run.
Both these teams are coming off on a similar form, and history at the Emirates also suggest that this will be a tight affair.
Not to forget the fact that both these teams are on top of each other in the Premier League (6th and 7th).
Considering all these facets, and keeping in mind the Europe angle, this game promises to be a thrilling, close, and exciting affair, but also a contest of paramount importance.
It’s hard to predict who will win, perhaps the points will be shared, but if we had to predict, we would side with Arsenal.
Only due to the fact that they are playing at the Emirates and not too long ago they emerged victorious against the same side on their home turf!
That match took place on a Thursday. This match will also be played on a Thursday. Only time will tell whether the parallels between the results will follow suit or not.
It’s Arsenal vs Wolves at the Emirates, don’t miss out on this cracker of a game!