Arsenal face Wolves on Wednesday after all four teams in the Champions League qualification race dropped points over the weekend.
The Gunners suffered a disappointing defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, but they weren’t the only ones to mess up their chance to secure a top four spot. Chelsea could only draw from a winning position against Burnley, Manchester United were humiliated 4-0 by Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
It’s unlikely Unai Emery’s side will get so lucky a second time, so they have to try and take whatever they can from a very difficult fixture away to Wolves.
Let’s have a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.
Goalkeeper and Centre-Backs
Arsenal certainly missed Sokratis Papastathopoulos against Crystal Palace, and the good news is that he’s now back from suspension and available again. Even the most ardent Shkodran Mustafi fan would probably accept he deserves to be dropped for this one, and Sokratis will likely replace him.
Laurent Koscielny has to keep his place despite his busy workload recently, simply because no one better is available. Meanwhile, Nacho Monreal was rested over the weekend, so he should return to the starting lineup ahead of Konstantinos Mavropanos.
In goal, Bernd Leno will continue his run of league games, as he was one of Arsenal’s better players at the weekend. There wasn’t much he could do about the goals.