If anyone really thought Arsenal would slink back into midtable after an uncomfortable summer, they’ve seemingly been proven wrong.
At this precise moment, the Gunners sit just outside the top four having already made it through to the last 16 of this season’s Champions League.
That’s a pretty impressive feat, when you consider the players that have left, the injuries they’ve had to contend with and the relatively meager amount Wenger spent in the summer to plug the holes.
With back-to-back home games against Wolves and QPR things promise to get even better for the Londoners as they reach the halfway point in the season.
In particular, they’ll be licking their lips about tomorrow’s game against a struggling side they’ve beaten in each of their last 6 Premier League matches.
Yes, whilst Wolves have been able to upset City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs since returning to the top division, Arsenal have been a tougher nut to crack.
We came agonisingly close to taking a point from the Emirates two years ago and probably should have got a draw in last season’s home match.
That said, we were soundly thumped by them 2-0 back in February in one of the most one-sided matches I’ve ever seen. Robin van Persie scored both goals that day and if the Dutchman is in the mood again tomorrow, our prospects will be decidedly bleak.
I have no idea what Mick will do tomorrow and I have no idea what I’d do either. Play 442 and we’re likely to be carved open at will, play 451 and they’ll camp inside our half and probably pick us off. It’s a tricky one.
This is my guess at the starting XI:
So that’s Dave Edwards straight back in for his work-rate, with SEB dropping out to leave Fletch as the lone forward.
5 of you correctly predicted the Norwich game would end in a draw with 3 also getting the 2-2 scoreline.
Well done to Louie, Ad Mant and Rich for getting the maximum. Ask K and Stourbridge Wolf take a single point.
Logically, I really can’t see a way we’ll take anything from this match.
However, purely because we’re due a result against Arsenal and you normally achieve at least one upset a year, I’ll go for the most unlikely of Wolves wins.
2-1 to the old gold.
If you’re one of those dedicated souls making the trip down to London tomorrow, have a great time and get right behind the lads.
Up The Wolves.