Arsenal VS Wolverhampton – LIVE Reddit Soccer 24/02/2022
Bruno Lage’s outfit recently returned a number of positive coronavirus tests, with those cases and several injuries meaning that the visitors cannot fulfil the fixture due to a lack of players. A statement from the Premier League released on the Wolves website read: “Arsenal FC’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium, due to be played at 12:30pm on Tuesday 28 December, has regrettably been postponed.
“The Premier League Board accepted the postponement application as Wolverhampton Wanderers does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper) as a result of a number of Covid-19 cases and injuries at the club. “The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.”
The Arsenal vs. Wolves clash is the second midweek game to have already been postponed, with Leeds United’s match against Aston Villa being called off earlier on Sunday. Mikel Arteta’s side would have had less than 48 hours to recover for the fixture after thrashing Norwich City 5-0 with a full-strength side on Boxing Day.
Arsenal have blown hot and cold in the first two months of the season after starting their campaign with four wins in a row. However, since suffering the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, the Gunners have gone on to win just two of their six subsequent Premier League games, a run of results that has left them 12th on the table.
So far in November, which was often the worst month of the season back in the days of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have won, drawn and lost one league game apiece. More frustratingly, though, the north Londoners have found the back of the net as many times too (1). Wolves, on the other hand, have not been much too different, as compared to their hosts on Sunday.
Gameweek 10 of the 2020/21 Premier League season continues into Sunday, with three matches on show on the day. Four of the ‘Big Six’ sides will take the field with the action ending at the Emirates, where Arsenal will play hosts to Wolves, hoping to end a difficult November on a high.
Nuno Espirito Santo & co. have just domestic football to concentrate on this season. However, despite not being burdened by European excursions, Wolves have only won four of their nine games so far, sitting just a point ahead of Arsenal, albeit 9th on the Premier League table.
The corresponding fixture, just as the clubs’ most recent Premier League games, ended in a draw, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang handing Arsenal the lead midway through the first half before Raul Jimenez pulled Wolves level later on in the game to ensure a share of the spoils. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
In the last couple of weeks, Mikel Arteta has seen his squad’s roster issues pile up considerably. Against Wolves on Sunday, the Arsenal manager could be without as many as ten first-team players due to injuries, suspension and positive coronavirus tests.
As per BBC, Bukayo Saka has recovered from the dead leg he sustained at Leeds United last week, although he could be subject to a late fitness test to determine his availability. The likes of Willian, David Luiz and Thomas Partey, though, remain major doubts and might only be fit enough to make the bench.
The potential availability of Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac also remains unclear after testing positive for COVID-19 during the international break this month. However, Nicolas Pepe misses out after being sent off against Leeds last week, while the likes of Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are long-term absentees.
With Arteta grappling with so many problems, several of the members of Sunday’s starting lineup against Wolves practically pick themselves. That goes for Rob Holding and Gabriel Martinelli at the heart of the Arsenal defence as well as Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka in the midfield double pivot.
Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are expected to return as the full-back pairing after being given a breather for the midweek UEFA Europa League fixture. The same goes for Bernd Leno, who comes in for Runar Alex Runarsson in goal.
Joe Willock ought to continue reprising the no. 10 role as well, following an impressive display in Europe against Molde. Reiss Nelson is likely to keep hold of his spot as well, owing to the potential absence of Willian. Saka, though, should return, if the suggestions by BBC are correct. Finally, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line for the Gunners against Wolves.