Davis’s side could lift themselves above the dotted line if things go in their favour this weekend, and they can take some encouragement in the fact that both of their top-flight wins this season have come at Molineux, but they are now without victory in four straight Premier League games.
Conceding at least three goals in three of their last four Premier League home matches is hardly a reassuring statistic either, and Wolves will hope that Arsenal’s momentum has just been taken down a notch after a rare domestic defeat in midweek.
On an evening to forget for Arsenal debutant Karl Hein, the Estonia international made his first-team debut for the Gunners in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Brighton, where his key contribution was to give away a penalty in a 3-1 home defeat.
Arteta’s side have now won six and drawn one of their last seven Premier League games, and while the five points that they have dropped this season have come away from home, four goals conceded on the road is still the best defensive record of its kind in the division.
To the delight of Arsenal fans with painful memories of Diego Costa from his time at Chelsea, the striker will serve the third and final game of his suspension this weekend, but Nelson Semedo is back from a ban of his own after seeing red in the loss to Brighton – a timely return with Jonny Otto now a doubt after coming off with a hamstring strain on Wednesday.
Davis will be spoiled for choice in midfield if Nunes is able to return, but Boubacar Traore will surely come back into the first XI either way, as Jose Sa prepares to return for Matija Sarkic in goal.
In contrast, Arsenal’s infirmary is empty barring the duo of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe, the former of whom is still set to represent Japan at the World Cup despite his minor muscular problem.
Smith Rowe is not expected to return to training for another few weeks, but Arteta has settled on a first-choice XI and will revert to that intimidating lineup after making as many as 10 changes in midweek – only French World Cup team member William Saliba held his spot.
Possible starting lineup:
Data will be available at kick off time or sooner.
Wolves = 7.4%
Draw = 15.2%
Arsenal = 77.4%
Wolves 0-2 Arsenal
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