Arsenal travel northwest for this weekend’s Premier League game, the final match before the last set of international matches of the year. With the top two playing Sunday in West London, this game could even be called a must win., and van Persie agrees with me
Quick Vital Quotes:
The most in-form midfielder in the world right now had this to say on Wolves match. ‘We will have to be at our best as usual because today there are no small teams in the Premier League, everyone makes it difficult if you are not up for it, so we will have to be motivated to beat them,’ said Cesc Fabregas. It is noticeable that the ‘big four’ teams have lost a number of matches so far between them. In my opinion, that is better for the league because it means other teams are improving. Everyone is striving to be better and that is making it difficult for the top teams.’
‘Maybe we are seeing teams throughout the division playing a little more football and trying to make passing combinations,’ he added.
‘We should never forget that people pay a lot of money to watch football and do not want to see players just kicking the ball up into the air.’
Wolverhampton Team News:
A lot of praise was sent Tony Pulis’ way last season for the way Stoke handled themselves in the EPL. I think Mick McCarthy should receive the same sort of praise. It’ll be some nervy moments for Wolves fans, but I think they’ll make the cut come May.
Chris Iwelumo, Foley, Jones and Ward are all out for Wolves.
Player to watch: Kevin Doyle
I really liked Doyle when he was at Reading. He was a big part of the success Reading had in their first Premier League season. He is Wolves top scorer at the moment, and he’ll be up for the big game.
Arsenal Team News:
Hooray! For the first time in a while I get to say we have no new injuries. Looking up the Arsenal team news for previews is always a depressing adventure for myself.
Vela and Traore are back in full training, though they won’t feature this weekend. Walcott and Denilson are close to being back. Young Guns blog reported today that Craig Eastmond will be included in the squad to face Wolves. After his impressive first team debut in the Carling Cup against Liverpool, this is a huge compliment from Arsene Wenger for the young man. Eduardo was on the bench for AZ, but Wenger said he rested the Croatian, so I expect Dudu being reinstated to the starting lineup.
Possible Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Song, Diaby, Fabregas, Eduardo, Arshavin, van Persie
Player to watch: Cesc Fabregas
We’ve got Cesc Fabregas, we’ve got Cesc Fabregas.
The young man is on fire. Literally, if you watch this video. 8 goals and 12 assists in 14 appearances. He is the best midfielder in the world right now, and he will be keen to continue his form in the Northwest.
Match Facts & Stats
Wolves have not won in six league matches and have drawn their last three.
The Gunners have won all six meetings with Wolves under Arsene Wenger. Four of those games came in cup competitions, while the Londoners won both fixtures when Wolves were last in the Premier League in 2003/04.
Robin van Persie has netted seven times in the Gunners’ last seven top-flight games, scoring the opening goal five times.
Steve Bennett will be the head official for this match.
This match is so important because of the match on Sunday. I do think it is a must win, and we will win. 4-1 to the Arsenal.
There is an interlull after this one.
21/11 (Sat) – Sunderland (a) – Premier League
24/11 (Tue) – Standard Liege (h) – Champions League
29/11 (Sun) – Chelsea (h) – Premier League
The match is on ESPN in England, and FSC in the States. Have a good weekend everyone!