Nuno Espirito Santo takes charge for his 150th game as Wolves coach today, welcoming Arsenal to Molineux, and hoping to climb to 4th place in the Premier League with another three points.
After taking nine points in three games since the restart to the season against teams struggling at the bottom of the league, Wolves today face a relatively in-form Arsenal for what is being described as a 'Top Six' challenge!! Wolves fans will undoutedly be hoping for a repeat of their teams 3 - 1 win at Molineux last season when Unai Emery was still in charge. However, after a slow restart new manager Mikel Arteta has seen his team win their last three matches against Southampton, Sheffield United and Norwich, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now joint top scorer in the league, Wolves will certainly face a serious test.
Wolves have not declared any injury doubts, so the main question is likely to be whether Adama Traore will start or not!!
Today's game will be officiated by Michael Oliver - who also refereed the home game against Bournemouth - and will be screened by Sky Sports.
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Match Thread: Wolves vs Arsenal
Posted by: Wolves (IP Logged)
Date: 04/07/2020 11:27
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Afternoon all. Let’s hope a Adama can get about David Luisa this afternoon and turn him inside out. I think Arsenal have made quite a few changes for today’s game whereas we have 11 of 12 starters In our last 3 games playing today. Pepe is unavailable to Arsenal as he is a new father, which is useful as he has scored a couple of classy goals recently.
Good break forward by Raul & Doc earns a corner. Joao puts ball over the byline as it comes in - wasted. Traore brought down on the edge of area for a free kick- routine attempted but fails. Wolves doing a bit more attacking now
Two added minutes played and half time. A very even half with ArseHal having most of the possession. Adama struggling to stay on his feet a lot of the time. It’s going to take some special play to win this game as the opposition look quite comfortable
Wolves 0 Arsenal 1
A shame we conceded when we did after what was fundamentally a very even half.
Traore not at his best, or not receiving the right sort of service, can see Jota coming on soon.
David Luis has to be careful now so we should exploit that at every opportunity.
The game is not lost just a bit more difficult now.
Here we go again & no changes yet. Saiss hurt in clash with Saka but should be OK. Much brighter start by Wolves & some good play by Doc to get into scoring positions. Adama taking on young Tierney at left back & testing him.
A lot of use of long throw by Doc today unusually. Good break through centre by Jota but Luiz blocks his shot. Then Martinez out quickly to stop Raul getting on to Jonny’s cross. Adama breaks and floats a ball over goalie & the bar!!
The most shabby second half performance I have seen for a long time, passing was poor and seemed to get worse as the half progressed. The usual slick passes and movement all but disappeared which allowed Arsenal to quickly grow into the game and take advantage. Boly probably had his worst game in a Gold shirt, one to forget. The set pieces were ineffective and never really bothered the defenders. A poor day at the office for all concerned.
Have to take this one on the chin. Best team won.
It's a long time since I've seen us waste so many free-kicks and generally never looked like scoring.
Fair play to Arteta, he got the tactics right. Worked out how to play Traore in the second half. After he had skinned Tierney a couple of times early, Arteta changed the full-back and closed him down.
A shame but we go again.
Very disappointing versus our toughest opponent since the restart. We had to lose sometime, just never ever good against Arsenal. Second best overall, however Traore scores when chipping the keeper and it would have been game on.
Aspirations for a very high league finish dealt a severe blow but still not yet extinguished.
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