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Wolves Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Wolves 0 Arsenal 1: Gabriel goal sends Gunners up to fifth despite  Martinelli's crazy red card

Arsenal had lost some form in January but the month of February has seen Mikel Arteta’s men pick up vital wins against Wolves and Brentford to aid their charge for a Champions League finish. The last meeting between Arsenal and Wolves in Molineux was marred by that bizarre red card that was brandished to Gabriel Martinelli, forcing the Gunners to put up a defensive masterclass for the rest of the game. That victory also put Arsenal ahead of Wolves on the table, making tonight’s fixture all the more juicy. 

Wolves are two points behind the Gunners and are currently vying for a Europa League berth, so any good result against Arsenal will see their ship steer to the right direction of European qualification. The Gunners would be wary of this fixture, having failed to beat Wolves at home in their last four encounters but the home side will look to the likes of Bukayo Saka and Smith-Rowe that are in good goalscoring form.

Arsenal Team News

Arteta will have a clean bill of health heading into this game with Takehiro Tomiyasu edging for a return to first team action. The Japanese full back has been nursing a calf injury and the experienced Portuguese fullback, Cedric Soares, has decent in his stead, so Arsenal might not be in such a hurry to thrust him into action. The Gunners will also have Martinelli back from suspension, and it’s going to be interesting to see whether he returns to a starting berth, or waits on the sidelines for the club’s leading scorer, Emile Smith-Rowe. The manager has waxed lyrical about his star player, stating that his scoring numbers aren’t a coincidence

“The numbers should be looking something like this and that’s not a coincidence. “He’s practicing every day, he is working, he has willingness to do it because he knows he has the qualities and the capacity to do it. That’s what we have to demand from players whether they are 19 or 20 or 35.

“I think it’s [down to] a combination of everything. It’s in his nature, he needs to feel that confidence and that trust around the coaching staff that we are the right people to guide him and to take him to the next level.
 
“He needs his team-mates, which are big contributors to what he can do on the pitch. He needs to feel love, he needs to have the right environment around him, his family, girlfriend or whatever next to him, and when that happens, he has got a good chance.”

These are some big words that would do wonders to the confidence of ESR, so I doubt if he’d be hyped like this and sent straight to the bench. Everyone isn’t Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Wolves Team News

The Wolves gaffer, Bruno Lage, has confirmed that his wing back, Rayan Ait-Nouri, should be fit enough to play after being hauled off at half time in the win over Leicester. However, the manager can count on the Brazilian, Marcal, to deputize in Ait-Nouri’s stead. Those two have locked horns all season for the left wing back slot, and with the injury scare to the French defender, the Brazilian might just get the nod on this one.

On the injury front, Yerson Mosquera and Willy Boly are progressing from the lengthy layoffs, while Pedro Neto made his long awaited comeback in the narrow win over Leicester. 

Wolves Predicted Lineup

Injury / Suspension Updates

Arsenal: None

Wolves: None

Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W L D W W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 2-1 Brentford (Smith-Rowe 48′, Saka 79′ | Norgaard 93′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Emile Smith-Rowe (10)

Wolves Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L W W
  • Last Result: Wolves 2-1 Leicester (Ruben Neves 8′, Podence 66′ | Lookman 41′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence (5)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 1 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 8.45pm (GMT +1) at Emirates Stadium.

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Brentford Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Arsenal fans fume at 'VAR corruption' as Brentford score opening goal of  season - Daily Star

It still feels like yesterday when Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard scored the goals that sent the Brentford faithful inmto delirium on the opening night of the Premier League season in August. 25 games on and Brentford are still establishing themselves as a decent mid-table outfit, while Arsenal are gunning for a spot in the coveted European places with stiff competition on all corners. At this point, the focus of the gaffer, Mikel Arteta, and the lads would be to win as many games as possible and see where it takes them come May. 

Both sides had the week off and must have had enough time to recover and strategize on what will be an important match on both sides of the table. Arsenal can take some confidence in the fact that they are currently unbeaten against promoted sides at home in their last 32 games – winning a whooping 27 and sharing the spoils in five. This wouldn’t mean that Brentford are pushovers, even though their recent form leaves a lot to be desired. The Bees are in a very bad run of form, losing four of their last five games with the positive result in that dismal run being a bore draw against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal Team News

Everyone connected with the club are still sweating for updates on Takehiro Tomiyasu following his calf injury, and will be pleased with the last update from Arteta,

We are all good. The doubt was Tomiyasu, which is still not perfect, but he has trained the last few days so he is in contention and we can use him so that’s really positive.

Back up goalie, Bernd Leno, remains sidelined due to COVID, while Gabriel Martinelli is suspended courtesy of the most bizarre red card you’d ever see.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Brentford Team News

The Bees signed Christian Eriksen on a free transfer but he is still on the road to gain full fitness before making his highly anticipated debut. Club talisman, Ivan Toney, has struggled with a calf injury that has sidelined him for the last two games, so he’s scheduled to have a fitness test to determine his availability for today’s game.

Brentford Predicted Lineup

Injury / Suspension Updates

Arsenal: Tomiyasu (calf), Leno (COVID), Martinelli (suspension)

Brentford: Toney (calf), Eriksen (fitness), Jeanvier (knee), Fosu (hamstring), Zanka (muscle)

Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L D W
  • Last Result: Wolves 0-1 Arsenal (Gabriel 25′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Emile Smith-Rowe (9)

Brentford Form

  • Last Five Games: L L L L D
  • Last Result: Brentford 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • Leading Goalscorer: Ivan Toney (8)

Gooner Daily predicts a 3 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 4.00pm (GMT +1) at Emirates Stadium.

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Portsmouth Preview: Team News, Injuries and Lineups

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Our last victory against Portsmouth

Portsmouth host Arsenal at Fratton Park with the intentions of progressing to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Arsenal’s last outing against Olympiakos in the Europa League was a bitter pill to swallow with head coach, Mikel Arteta, admitting that lack of Champions League football will be damaging for the club this summer,

“I think the damage caused by the club not being in the Champions League for the third season is really big. 

“Every player in the world wants to play Champions League and, if you talk about having this option on the table, players are in a much more open way to join this club or to renew their contract or to convince anybody because we want to be in that competition. Financially the impact is enormous because the structure of this club is built to be in the Champions League and you can sustain that for one year or two, but then after you have to start making decisions.”

Those decisions will entail selling valuable assets to fund a rebuild, and with Aubameyang highly sought after – with Barcelona in particular keen to bring him to the Camp Nou this summer – there may be some pain in order to put things back together.

“We don’t have margin for error with those decisions, so they have to be very thorough and clear processes of where we have to improve and how we are going to do that, and then go forward with no excuses.”

There’s no time to cry over spilled milk, as there’s the FA Cup tonight, which offers the Gunners a shot of silverware under the new boss, as well as the prospect of yet another Europa League season as the winner of the competition gets an automatic slot in the second tier European tournament.

The last time both sides met in December 2009, Portsmouth was still in the Premier League but things went downhill for the club, as they suffered relegated to League One and almost got into administration twice. Portsmouth has not beaten Arsenal in any competition since winning a league match 5-4 in March 1958, drawing eight and losing 13 since then.

Arsenal Team News

I would expect Mikel Arteta to make some wholesale changes to the squad with half an eye on the West Ham game this coming weekend. Emiliano Martinez is odds on to continue in goal as the club’s cup keeper, while there should be a debut performance for new signing, Pablo Mari, that featured for the Under-23s alongside Rob Holding that is in dire need of games following his return from an ACL injury. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another player that has found games hard to come by and with Bukayo Saka’s increased importance in the first team, he might get a runout at the back line.

Further up the pitch, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson , Matteo Guendouzi and Gabriel Martinelli will be expected to feature in tonight’s game in their bid to gain match fitness.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

 

Portsmouth Team News

Portsmouth are in good form coming into the game, with four wins from the last five. The outfit are currently third in the SkyBet League One table and are odds to make a return to the Championship at the end of the season. Top striker, Ronan Curtis, is instrumental in that resurgence, scoring 11 goals in the league for Portsmouth with two more goals in other competitions. He currently has a knock and the club is sweating to get him fit for this all-important contest against Arsenal.

Portsmouth Predicted Lineup

Portsmouth 4-2-3-1 football formation

 

Injury Updates

Arsenal: Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Calum Chambers (knee), Sead Kolasinac (shoulder), Cedric Soares (knee). More updates on Arsenal.com

Portsmouth: Tom Naylor (knock), Ronan Curtis (knock)

Team Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: D W W W L
  • Last Result: Arsenal 1-2 Olympiakos
  • Leading Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20)

Portsmouth Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L W W
  • Last Result: Portsmouth 3-0 Rochdale
  • Leading Goalscorer: Ronan Curtis (13)

Gooner Daily predicts a 4 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 8.45pm (GMT +1) at Fratton Park.

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