The inability of the bottom three to get meaningful results has been the sole crumb of comfort.
But it won’t last forever.
I remain convinced this group isn’t as bad as the table or our recent results suggest, so Nuno has to start getting a tune out of them.
If we need inspiration, we need only look at our opponents tomorrow who couldn’t buy a win before Christmas but have since managed 5 and are unbeaten in 7.
There’s no reason we can’t do exactly the same.
It was an unexpected win against Chelsea that got the ball rolling again for Mikel Arteta and they’ve carried on from there.
You might look at wins against Brighton, Albion and Newcastle and think they were expected to win, but as we know all too painfully, that counts for nothing.
An air-tight defence has helped with only league leaders Man City (13) conceding fewer goals than the Gunners (20).
It remains to be seen whether influential trio Tierney, Saka and Aubameyang return having missed the draw with Man Utd at the weekend, but they did alright without them in that game.
New loan signing Martin Odegaard could make his first start after joining from Real Madrid and is widely regarded as a high quality attacking midfielder.
With such up, down and then up again form this season, it’s hard to really get the measure of them or what their aspirations should be from this point onwards.
European football of any description and finishing above Spurs would probably be high on the shopping list of most supporters I imagine. Both look achievable.
The away end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on a popular Arsenal forum.
Simply has to be a win as Wolves can’t score to save themselves. If we get some of the key players we missed today back then I’m confident we’ll get a win. If we don’t then I can see some boring stalemate.
This is a must win but I’m getting worried. Saka and Tierney still doubts, Laca and Pepe both gassed, Auba who knows. Arteta needs to find a lineup that can score a goal or two.
Ceballos was out with an injury last time I checked. Auba will be out because he either travelled abroad or came in contact with someone with COVID-19 per the latest reports. Martinelli as ST is too much of a risk right now. Hasn’t played in ages there and I don’t think Mikel used him in that role since he came. I wouldn’t necessarily object it if Mikel gave it a go though. We should have enough quality around Elneny and Eddie anyway to get past Wolves with their recent form.
Why are people predicting a Wolves win? They have been so so so bad lately. They are bottom of the form table!!
We went with a very attacking team at The Emirates and deservedly won the game. I wonder if Nuno will consider the same again?
There’s a definite logic to going with a back four, which would allow both Podence and Traore to start.
If it’s a back three, I’d bring Neves back into the side and Saiss down the left assuming he’s fit and not being sold to Liverpool (as per dodgy social media rumours).
Traore should come in for Podence if it’s a straight choice to give us a more direct attacking threat.
Last time out
Although the game will be remembered for the horrendous injury to Raul, we created two brilliant goals and defended well to get the win at The Emirates earlier this season.
Arsenal won at Molineux post-lockdown last season, deservedly taking the points with goals from Saka and Lacazette.
Iceni Wolf and Steve L Biles both correctly predicted the 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park to score a maximum.
MILDENHALL WOLF still leads the overall table at the end of Gameweek 21.
As always if you’d like to join in, simply leave your prediction for this game in the comment section below, which is where you’ll find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!