Wolverhampton Wanderers vs ArsenalEnglish Premier League, KO: 19:45 Feb 10, 2022, Molineux
ARSENAL remain maddeningly inconsistent under Mikel Arteta and this clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers will give us a better idea of whether the Gunners are ready to mount a sustained push for a top-four Premier League finish.
It was a frustrating January transfer window for Arteta as the club missed out on sealing deals for top targets such as Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isaak. The Gunners boss actually ended up with a weaker squad with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Callum Chambers and Ashley Maitland-Niles among 13 players leaving the Emirates.
That has left the fans a bit underwhelmed but Arsenal still have a decent first XI and a win at Molineux would rekindle hopes of landing an unlikely Champions League slot.
However, Wolves are one of the Premier League's form teams, with four wins in their last five leaving them in eighth place, just two points adrift of the Gunners.
And if Wolverhampton Wanderers manage to see off Arsenal they would also have to be considered as outsiders for a stunning top-four finish.
How the bookies view it
This is a really tough one to call so Arsenal are surprising favourites at 6/5 with Bet365 given the recent form of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Molineux men are as big as 13/5 with Coral while the draw pays 23/10 at Betfred and might be the best option.
Recent head to head
Wolves held the edge in this fixture last season, winning 2-1 at Molineux (below) after coming out on top by the same score at the Emirates. But Arsenal's record was superb before that, losing just once in 23 games against Wanderers.
Players to watch
Raul Jimenez started on the bench against Norwich in the Cup but I'd expect the Mexican to be returned to the starting line up for this one. He has two goals in his last three games for club and county and is 5/2 at Betway for anytime scorer here.
Arsenal drew four successive blanks before the brief winter break and need to find a spark on their return to action. Bukayo Saka can be the one to provide that inspiration and the winger is 21/5 at SBK for a goal. McBookie also price him at 15/4 for an assist.
Anything else catch the eye?
Wolverhampton Wanderers haven't been high scorers and it's a testament to their defence that they are sitting so pretty in the table despite netting just 19 times in 21 games.
With Arsenal also struggling for goals it doesn't bode well for a thriller. Under 2.5 goals is just 13/19 at SBK but betting against BTTS is a bit better at 10/11 with BetVictor. The half-time draw is another good option and that pays 42/41 at SBK.
Twelve yellows and two reds were dished out in the two Premier League games between these sides last term. That suggests the ref could be busy and over 3.5 cards pays 5/6 at Bet365.
This English Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal will be played on Feb 10, 2022 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.