For their second Premier League clash of the fortnight, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Wolves on Thursday.
Arsenal scraped through a 10-man win over Wolves away from home a couple of weeks ago, but they riled their opponents up in the process.
Wolves have since gone on to beat Spurs and Leicester City, and they’ll be out for revenge at the Emirates Stadium. They have the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal with a win, albeit having played a game more.
Arsenal have no game at the weekend, thanks to the League Cup final, so Mikel Arteta has no distractions. He should name his strongest available side.
Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup for the Wolves clash.
Aaron Ramsdale saw his clean sheet disappear in the dying seconds of Saturday’s game, but he remains in the hunt for this season’s Golden Glove and is sure to start this match.
Bernd Leno returned to the squad after his Covid case, so he should be available to make the bench again on Thursday.
Arsenal have been easing Takehiro Tomiyasu back slowly, with the Japan international making the bench at the weekend after recovering from injury.
Though Cedric Soares has done well lately, you’d think Tomiyasu will now get the chance to rejoin what has been a successful back-four for the team this season.
Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White will surely all keep their places.
It’s difficult to see any changes in midfield, with the trio of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, and Martin Odegaard working well together.
Emile Smith Rowe looks to have played himself into the side with his performance at the weekend, but you’d expect him to stay in the front three, with Odegaard much more suited to the right-leaning advanced midfield role.
Fresh from their goals at the weekend, it’s hard to drop Bukayo Saka or Smith Rowe. Gabriel Martinelli’s red-card absence has come at a bit of an unlucky time for him, as he may now find it difficult to break back into the starting side.
But with Smith Rowe often coming off early, Martinelli will still probably get a chance as a substitute if he doesn’t start.
Up front, Alexandre Lacazette will likely keep his place after an assist against Brentford, but he really needs to start scoring some of his own.