Mick McCarthy’s Wolves team come to the end of an incredibly tough run of games against the Premier League’s elite when they entertain the illustrious Arsenal team at Molineux on Wednesday night.
McCarthy’s players put up plucky displays in away games against Chelsea and Manchester United which were worthy of more than the nil points return, but they earned a deserved three points with David Edwards winner in the 2-1 win against Manchester City at the end of October.
Now Arsenal are the visitors and come looking to get back on track after two under-par performances resulted in a Champions League defeat in Donetsk and a pitiful home defeat at the hands of bustling Newcastle United.
While Wolves must go back to 1979 for the last time they beat Arsenal, McCarthy’s Wolves looked like taking their first Premier League point from the Gunners at the Emirates in March until Nicklas Bendtner popped up with a cruel, last minute winner.
Bookmakers Totesport are offering odds of 5/1 for Wolves to use their muscle and gain a win against Wenger’s artful side on Wednesday.
McCarthy has no new injury worries following Sunday’s heart breaking last minute defeat at Old Trafford with Jody Craddock (thigh), Adlene Guedioura (leg) and Ronald Zubar (ankle) remain absent with their injuries.
Wenger has said this is a must win game if his team have any ambition to win the league title and he will have done everything in his power to sharpen he minds of his players for this game.
Arsenal won this fixture 4-1 last season and he will be satisfied with something less convincing, as long it is a win, 888 Sport bet 15/2 for the Gunners to sneak a 2-1 win.
Midfielder Laurent Koscielny will miss the game as he starts his two-match suspension after being sent off against Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia will be ready for a return soon, but Wenger could keep faith with replacement Lukasz Fabianski who looks much improved since last season.
Andre Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie will all be hoping to be picked as Wenger’s injured continue to heal.
Possible starting lineups:
WOLVERHAMPTON: Hahnemann, Foley, Berra, Stearman, Ward, Jarvis, Edwards, Henry, Milijas, Hunt, Doyle.
ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin.