Arsenal will hope to keep their recent winning form going when they face another in-form team Wolves away at Molineux later today.
This is the first of a four-game run that could define how the Gunners end their season. After Saturday, they will face Leicester City, Tottenham and Liverpool in space of 10 days.
Coming back to the Wolves game, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have won every match since the restart without even conceding a goal. There is a reason they are ahead of Arsenal in the table, hence, it won’t be easy for Mikel Arteta’s men, especially away from home.
In terms of team news, the Gunners are delighted to welcome Lucas Torreira back in full contention to be a part of the squad. Mesut Ozil is being assessed, while Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli, Bernd Leno and Pablo Mari are out for the rest of this season.
That all being said, here’s how we think Arteta may line his XI up:
GK - Emiliano Martinez
In the continued absence of Leno, Martinez is certain to keep his place in the side as the first-choice goalkeeper.
RCB - Shkodran Mustafi
Mustafi’s form has been decent since the restart. He has settled well in this new three at the back formation. The German should start.
CB - Sokratis
Sokratis has been a solid player for the Gunners under Arteta. Back fit, he should continue to get the nod ahead of David Luiz at the heart of the team’s defence.
LCB - Rob Holding
Holding has done well in the past three games, forming good partnerships at the back. He is in line to start once again.
RWB - Hector Bellerin
Though Cedric Soares is fit and scored a good goal against Norwich on Wednesday, Arteta could stick with vice-captain Bellerin on the right-hand side.
CM - Granit Xhaka
Xhaka’s surge in form has been key to Arsenal’s recent run of results. He is certain to start against Wolves, hoping to continue his good form.
CM - Dani Ceballos
After a slow restart, Ceballos has done well in the last two games. Though Torreira is back in the mix, the Spaniard should start this weekend’s game.
LWB - Kieran Tierney
With few games under his belt now, Tierney is looking better and settling in well. The Scotsman is predicted to keep his place as a left wing-back, ahead of Sead Kolasinac.
RW - Nicolas Pepe
Pepe came off the bench against Norwich and did well. His form has been decent since the restart. The Ivorian is predicted to get back into the starting XI for the upcoming game.
ST - Eddie Nketiah
On current form, Nketiah is edging Lacazette for the place to lead the Arsenal attack. The youngster could be rewarded with another start against Wolves.
LW - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The captain scored a brace against Norwich to complete his half-century of goals for Arsenal. His presence will be key for the team against the well-oiled defence of Wolves.