Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Preview Dec. 27th
One of the English Premier League’s best teams, Arsenal, will be hosting one of its worst teams, Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Emirates Stadium on Dec. 27th. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 26th, but had to be pushe3d back a day due to an underground rail strike in London.
Arsenal has been one of the hottest teams in the league after having a brutal start to the season. They still manage to choke in all of their big games though, such as against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, but usually beat up on teams like Wolves. They also have the hottest scorer in the EPL at the moment in Robin Van Persie. The Dutch striker has scored 34 Premier League goals in the calendar year of 2011 and needs to more to tie the record of 36 which is held by Alan Shearer. He has two more games in the year to get the three goals he needs to set a new record and these are both at home against Wolves and Queens Park Rangers.
Arsenal boasts some fine talent in the likes of Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Andrei Arshavin, Tomas Rosicky, Gervinho, and Van Persie. However, they have some injuries at the moment as Kieran Gibbs is out for about a month with a hernia. Abou Diaby will also likely miss the game along with Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson, Rio Miyaichi, Andre Santos, and Bacary Sagna. On the flip side, Johan Djourou could return in time from his groin injury and Alex Song is back from a suspension.
Wolves don’t really have anybody in the star category and they have to work hard for every point they get. Their job is made even harder when manager Mick McCarthy leaves his best players on the bench. Jamie O’Hara is out for Wolves with a groin injury, while David Edwards, Jody Craddock, and Kevin Foley will all be game time decisions for McCarthy. Wolves have won just two games out of their last 15 and it’s amazing that McCarthy still has a job. They were just one point above the relegation zone on Boxing Day.
Arsenal has lost just once at home this season, which was against Liverpool in their home opener. Wolves have just four wins (two of them away), three draws and 10 losses so far for 15 points out of a possible 51 in 17 games. Arsenal is in fifth place with 32 points.
Arsenal does have some problems defending and if McCarthy has any sense as a manager he must go out with an attacking formation to put the pressure on Arsenal. Just sitting back and inviting attack after attack will be suicide. Things don’t look too good for him though as Arsenal has beaten Wolves all six times they’ve met in the EPL. It’s likely that they’ll make it seven for seven in this game by winning it by at least two goals.
Sportsbook William Hill has the current odds of an Arsenal win listed at 2/9 with a Wolves victory at 11/1 and a draw at 5/1.