Arsenal vs Wolves Live Reddit Score 10/2/2022
Arsenal end a painfully long wait of 18 days between matches as they travel to Molinuex on Thursday to face Wolves in the Premier League. The wait is almost over. It was one of those spells where the break initially feels welcome before you end up being bored to the back teeth halfway through and itching to watch the lads back on the pitch. And that two and a half week period culminates with a mouth watering clash against fellow top four rivals at the end of it. Just like Arsenal, Bruno Lage’s side lost their opening three matches of the Premier League season. In contrast to the Gunners, however, Wolves actually looked impressive during that spell with underlying metrics that didn’t make you want to cry, and their form has gradually improved with the results they’ve deserved following suit. Sitting just two points adrift of Arsenal in the table, they must absolutely be considered a top four rivals in a pursuit of the fabled Champions League that is set to go down to the wire with at least four teams involved.
Much was made of the underwhelming January transfer window for the red half of north London, but despite Wolves’ issues with finding the back of the net, they too didn’t strengthen. In fact, if anything they weakened by allowing Adama Traore to complete a bizarre move back to Barcelona. Where the hosts’ biggest strength lies is in their defence, and midfield. A goal tally of just 19 in 21 matches is paltry, but they’ve been kept well in the hunt for European football on account of their superb defensive record. Conceding just 16 in the division, a number bettered only by the champions-elect Manchester City, the foundation Lage has instilled is reinforced by one of the signings of the season in Jose Sa. Arsenal fans have rightly waxed lyrical about Aaron Ramsdale, all the while Wolves pulled off their own smart addition in between the sticks. There is no shying away from how huge this game is. If Arsenal were to lose then suddenly their lack of activity in the transfer market is thrust into the limelight, while even if they draw question marks will be raised.
Arsenal return to Premier League action after a frustrating January transfer window in what looks like a difficult tie away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bruno Lage’s side, one of the most impressive in the league thus far, sit only two points off Arsenal and remain an outside bet of qualifying for the Champions League. A tight defensive unit, the home team will surely fancy their chances of keeping a relatively blunt Gunners team out and, should Arsenal struggle for goals, their lack of activity last month will only come under further scrutiny. A win, however, would be a statement of intent in the battle for the top four after a difficult period. For Arsenal, both Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are available again after their recent bans, affording Arteta more options in midfield. Mohamed Elneny, however, is unlikely to feature given his recent exploits in the Africa Cup of Nations. Mikel Arteta hopes Takehiro Tomiyasu can shake off a recurring injury to make the game.
He’s there. He had a recurring injury in the same place so we have to be careful with him, but he’s been training hard. Let’s see if he’s available or not,” said Arteta. Romain Saiss and Francisco Trincao are back for Wolves. Jonny (knee) and Hwang Hee-chan (hamstring) face late fitness tests, but Pedro Neto (knee), Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) and Willy Boly (calf) are out. Top-four challengers Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal renew hostilities at Molineux for Thursday evening’s Premier League encounter after the winter break. Bruno Lage’s men were dumped out of the FA Cup by Norwich City at the weekend, while the Gunners have not been in action since being held to a goalless stalemate by Burnley. With no more Adama Traore producing his trademark bursting runs down the right wing, Wolves lacked a great deal of attacking bite at home to Norwich in the fourth round of the FA Cup and crashed out of the tournament in front of their own fans. Kenny McLean’s header on the stroke of half time was enough for the Canaries to break down this stubborn Wolves backline and advance to the fifth round, as Lage’s men attempt to regroup and boost their European chances in the Premier League at the expense of Arsenal’s.
Defeat to Norwich ended a four-game winning streak in all tournaments for Lage’s side, who enter the contest having won each of their last three in the Premier League – a hot streak that has seen them establish themselves in eighth position – four points off the Champions League spots with a game in hand. For a side with a realistic shot of making the top four, boasting the third-worst goals tally of 19 pinpoints where Wolves’ downfall may lie, but only Manchester City (14) have shipped fewer goals than the Molineux outfit (16) this term. Furthermore, only eight of Wolves’ Premier League goals this season have come at Molineux – where they have won just one of their last four in the league – but Arsenal’s lack of attacking inspiration is often well-documented. Arsenal fans were experiencing a sense of Mesut Ozil Deja vu during the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barcelona saga – another £300k+ per week player ostracized from the team and allowed to leave for Barcelona for nothing after a big-money arrival.
While many will point to the 32-year-old’s lack of contributions this term, others will focus on a lack of January activity to negate the loss of Aubameyang, with soon-to-be free agents Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah now Mikel Arteta’s only two central options for the remainder of the season. Failure to land Dusan Vlahovic, Alexander Isak or Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not gone down well with Gooners – especially after they were held to a goalless draw by Burnley before the international break – making it five games without a win and four without a goal in all tournaments. The Gunners only have the top four left to fight for now and enter Thursday’s game lying sixth in the table and within touching distance of Manchester United – who have played a game more – so the onus is on their depleted attack to deliver the goods if a return to the promised land of the Champions League awaits them. Arsenal do at least travel to Wolves on a two-game winning streak away from home in the Premier League, but the away crowd will need no reminding of last season’s Molineux catastrophe, as red cards to Bernd Leno and David Luiz contributed to a 2-1 loss after defeat by the same scoreline at the Emirates Stadium earlier that year.
NAME: Wolverhampton – Arsenal
DATE: 10 Feb 2022
TIME: 19:45 UTC
VENUE: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, England