The Gunners, who have successfully tied Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli down to new contracts this week, have enjoyed a solid run of form over the past week or so, firmly putting the defeats to Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion behind them.
Victories over Southampton (2-0) and Norwich City (4-0) either side of a 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Sheffield United have seen the Gunners climb up to eighth in the Premier League table, meaning this evening’s tussle with an in-form Wolves side could go an awfully long way in determining their hopes of securing European football ahead of next season.
But Arsenal know they will be poised for a stern test this evening, as they face a Wolves side that have won all three of their first games back following the coronavirus shutdown, all without conceding a single goal in the process.
When it comes to deciding on his starting line-up for this evening’s game, Gunners chief Mikel Arteta may be tempted to shuffle his pack, with tiredness likely to be creeping in, as this evening’s trip to the Midlands marks their fourth game in just 10 days.
On the injury front, the only players Arteta is certainly going to be without are Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Martinelli.
The Spaniard will welcome midfielder Lucas Torreira back into the frame after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, whilst Mesut Ozil is set to undergo a late fitness test.
But with the games now piling up, Arteta is highly likely to rotate his squad, with the likes of Cedric Soares, who scored on his Gunners debut in midweek, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah and Saka all pushing for starts after being left on the bench in midweek.
And should Ozil win his fitness battle, he will be pushing for a place in the match-day squad of 20 players that Arteta is now allowed to select.
Ahead of this evening’s highly-anticipated tussle against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, we handed Arsenal fans the opportunity to step into Arteta’s shoes and select the starting line-up they would choose if they were in charge.
Based off the popular starting line-up that was chosen by the fans, they want to see Arteta make a grand total of five changes, with Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Reiss Nelson and Alexandre Lacazatte all dropping out.
Should Arteta go with this exact team, it is highly likely that he will have only rung so many changes off the back of a positive result because of fatigue and low fitness levels after such a heavy schedule in such a short space of time.