- Arsenal failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games.
- The Gunners haven’t scored from open play in 450 minutes of top flight football.
- Wolves failed to register in two of their last three away assignments.
- Both Arsenal and Wolves have yet to crack the 10 goal ceiling this season.
Arsenal continue to stutter
While Arsenal continue to enjoy their mid-week continental distractions against lower level opponents, the Gunners’ Premier League performances remain despairingly grim.
Arsenal managed to win just once and score once in their last five Premier League assignments, and their plight might have been worse had Leeds not seen three efforts cannon off the woodwork in a 0-0 draw at Elland Road last week.
Only Newcastle, West Brom and Sheffield United have registered fewer attempts this season than the shot-shy Gunners, and Mikel Arteta has so far been unable to find a solution to their final third malaise.
Wolves lacking sparkle
Wolves have looked similarly flat in recent weeks, and Wanderers’ run of just one win from four Premier League contests has seen them plummet to ninth position in the standings.
The usually dependable Raul Jimenez notched just once in Wanderer’s disappointing four game stretch, and the 29-year-old’s dry spell shone an unflattering light on Wolves’ overreliance on their Mexican talisman.
Little excitement anticipated at the Emirates
Arsenal and Wolves look low on attacking thrust at present, and with confidence in both camps at a low ebb, Sunday’s encounter at the Emirates could descend into a drab tactical battle between two teams with defensive leanings.
The Gunners and Wanderers are two of just six Premier League teams yet to break into double figures for goals this season, while they rank 4th and 7th from bottom for average attempts per home and away game respectively so far.
Arsenal – who haven’t mustered a single goal from open play in any of their last five Premier League tussles – don’t look capable of pushing for victory this weekend, while Wolves, who notched just one goal combined in their last three away tests, also look ill-equipped to go for the jugular in London.
With those factors combined, and both Mikel Arteta and Nuno Espirito Santo keen to avoid another confidence-sapping defeat, backing the draw looks a solid option for Sunday’s face-off, while a 0-0 correct score prediction is also favoured.
Arsenal injuries and team news
Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari and Thomas Partey will all sit out Sunday’s game, while the suspended Nicolas Pepe and injured Calum Chambers won’t feature either.
There are also doubts about the availability of Mohamed Elneny, Sead Kolasinac, David Luiz, Bukayo Saka and Willian as Mikel Arteta’s selection problems mount.
Wolverhampton injuries and team news
Conor Coady is expected to return to the Wolves line-up following a COVID-19 scare, though Jonny (injured) and Romain Saiss (COVID-19) will miss out.