Arsenal needs to get their 2020/21 Premier League campaign back on track when they host Wolverhampton at home on Sunday night.
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A surprise win at Old Trafford earlier in November could not hide the fact that Arsenal’s form this season has been relatively low. The truth will be revealed more clearly in tonight’s match against Wolves.
In the last five Premier League games, Man United are the only opponents Arsenal have won. The Gunners are going through a series of huge disappointments in both attack and defence. In terms of attack, with the exception of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s successful penalty kick against Man United on 2 November, Arsenal lost four of their remaining five games.
More broadly, of the 16 clubs ranked from 1st to 16th in the Premier League standings at the moment, Arsenal are the team with the fewest goals scored, with nine goals. The Gunners’ “shooting” performance is an average of 1 goal per game, far below last season (1.5 goals per game, the number is already quite low).
Arsenal are also among the clubs with the least firepower in the Premier League this season. Since the start of the season, the Gunners have only had six players who have ever scored, while most of the big men have had 8-11 “shots fired” players. Arsenal’s star striker has only scored three goals this season (Alexandre Lacazette). This season, no.1 firepower Aubameyang has only scored two goals.
Defensively, Arsenal have not won a game in their last seven home games. It was the Gunners’ longest consecutive home conceding streak in 13 years, precisely since a nine-game clean sheet that lasted from January to August 2007.
In contrast to the underperforming form of the Arsenal defence, Wolves have conceded 10 goals this season. The Wolves are the only team to have conceded goals against Tottenham (nine). Broadly, Wolves have always defended well in premier league away games. Last season, Wolves had clean sheets at Old Trafford and lost just one goal to Liverpool’s super-strong defence at Anfield.
Arsenal’s preparations for the game against Wolves were also in trouble. As we all know, on 27 November, Arsenal had to fly to Norway as a guest of Molde in the Europa League. After the game, Arsenal are expected to fly right back to London to rest, preparing for training the next morning.
However, the flight that brought the Gunners back to London was unable to take off due to excessive fog and weather conditions in London also did not guarantee the plane to land. Arsenal were offered a road trip to London but the club disagreed. After all, Arsenal had to stay in Norway for one more night and they had to cancel training the next day.
And yet, this is a game Arsenal could be missing… 10 players due to injury and suspension, while even if Wolves suffered some injury-in-force losses and Covid-19, the Wolves are basically still in the hands of the best players to hope for a surprise at the Emirates today.
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