Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Wolves have been ‘really consistent’ and ‘really efficient’ this season.
The two teams face off for the first time this season on Thursday night at Molineux in the Premier League.
December’s fixture at the Emirates Stadium, of course, was postponed and will take place later this month.
Wolves head into Thursday’s game having had a stellar January.
Bruno Lage oversaw three wins in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup. He then scooped his first Manager of the Month award.
By contrast, Arsenal didn’t win a single game last month, and only scored one goal.
But Wanderers come into the game having just lost to Norwich City in the FA Cup. And a big response to that is needed.
Arsenal, like Wolves, are looking to secure European football for next season.
They are desperate to get back to winning ways, but Arteta knows his side are in for a tough game.
He said in his press conference this morning (Arsenal official): “They have been really consistent and really efficient throughout the season, that is what the league table is showing with the performances they put in. So it’s a really difficult opponent, we’re going to be playing them twice [in two weeks] but we are difficult too.”
Wolves are likely to welcome Raul Jimenez back into the starting XI after he started on the bench against Norwich.
The striker would be facing the Gunners for the first time since fracturing his skull against them last season.
Wolves have nothing to fear and must take the game to Arsenal, as Mikel Arteta delivers assessment
Arsenal may be a Big Six club and may be above Wolves in the table. But they are undoubtedly an erratic team, and they come into this game in really poor form.
Hopefully, the defeat to Norwich, and the chance of leapfrogging the Gunners in the Premier League table will serve as motivation for the Wolves players.
The Norwich defeat aside, Wolves have looked really good in recent weeks.
The goals have been coming a bit more regularly, and the defence has still been quite solid in the absence of Romain Saiss.
The Morocco international is available for selection again now that AFCON is over, which is a huge boost.