Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal: Pre-Match Analysis
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Pedro Neto of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to end an eight-game winless run in the Premier League when they host Arsenal at Molineux.

Wolves have only managed to accumulate three points from a maximum of 24 leaving them in 14th place, only nine points above the drop zone.

They face a Gunners side who have won five of the last seven league games, drawing the other two meaning that they are in tenth place, only two points adrift of the Europa League spots.

Santo may be feeling the pressure

When a team with the reputation that the club have gained over the last couple of seasons fail to win a single in over a month and a half, questions are always going to be asked concerning Nuno Espirito Santo's future at the club.

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Ahead of Tuesday's game, it is so important that Wolves pick up a victory in the league sooner rather than later in order for there to be more security of Santo's status at the club and to make sure that they are not dragged into a relegation dogfight.

A victory against an in-form Arsenal would be a fantastic way in which to do this and it would certainly build confidence back up into a squad that all season has been hit with injuries.

Gunners looking to continue decent Molineux record

Meanwhile, for Arsenal they will be going into the away fixture full of confidence themselves as not only that they are in a good recent run of form, they also have a decent track record when travelling to Molineux, with their most recent trip to Molineux ending in a 2-0 win for the Gunners towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Going into the clash Mikel Arteta's side have recently been very impressive on the road, winning each of their last three away fixtures which is more than they had won in their previous nine visits in the top flight.

In fact, Arsenal are looking to earn a fourth consecutive away win in the league for the first time since October 2016 when Arsene Wenger was in charge.

The North London outfit will be confident of doing this especially since being aware that the Wanderers will be looking to avoid a third defeat in a row at Molineux for the first time since November 2018.

Need to cut out defensive mistakes

Over the last two full seasons, Wolves have been consistently defensively solid in their three at the back-formation.

However, that cannot be said to be the same so far this campaign, shown by the club only keeping one clean sheet in the last 14 Premier League games. 

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They also have the sixth worse defensive record in the division as they have conceded 30 goals in 21 games.

Consequently, if they hope to get a point against a side that have netted ten times in the last five league games, they will have to ensure they remain defensively solid at all times and to ensure that they do not give room to the Gunners dangerous attacking players in advanced areas.

The verdict

If Wolves do not allow players like Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe in behind their backline on many occasions and limit them to few opportunities, the home side may be able to steal all three points when using their pace and threat on the counter-attack to nick a vital goal.

The likes of Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Adama Traore, if given space in dangerous areas, with the amount of space that the three attackers possess, they will create problems for Arsenal defensively.

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The addition of Willian Jose provides Wolves with a focal point for the first time since Raul Jimenez got injured and this in itself when the Brazilian drops in deep can allow the dangerous wingers to get in behind the Gunners defence.

If this is able to happen along with ensuring that they do not make silly mistakes definitely, there is every chance that the Wanderers could earn their first victory in the league since the middle of December.