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.
Midfield and Wing-Backs
Mustafi wasn’t the only player to perform poorly against Crystal Palace. Mohamed Elneny couldn’t have any impact on the game in midfield, and Carl Jenkinson was even less involved at wing-back. As a result, both of them should come out of the starting lineup, with the rested Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles taking their places.
On the left, Sead Kolasinac will remain in the team. Meanwhile, the final central midfield spot will depend on the fitness of Granit Xhaka. The 26-year-old is being assessed ahead of the game, and if he’s fit he should come straight back in for Matteo Guendouzi. If not, Guendouzi will have to start once again.
It’s really a 50/50 call whether Xhaka is available, but we’ll assume one of Unai Emery’s captains will do everything he can to make it back in time. Aaron Ramsey is out injured, as is Joe Willock, who would’ve been a superior alternative to either central midfielder at the weekend.