Wolves v Arsenal: History & Preview

By Adam Carr 

 

After a few poor results as of late, Wolves come into Wednesday's game hoping for a win to keep alive their dreams of finishing 7th in the Premier League.  With 4 games to go, Arsenal will be hoping for a win to ignite them for a possible 3rd placed finish above rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.

 

 

History of the Fixture

Wolves first met Arsenal in an away game on 24th September 1904, in the then League Division One. Wolves fell to a 2-0 defeat.  However, the Wanderers didn't have to wait long for a victory against Arsenal, as in the return fixture of the same season, Wolves claimed a 4-1 victory against the Gunners.
 History hasn't been kind to Wolves in this particular fixture, with only 29 victories in 113 games against Arsenal, that's just 25% of all games against Arsenal that Wolves have won.

Wolves have played Arsenal in every decade since the 1900's, but there was a void of 19 years where the two teams didn't meet in a league game, with Arsenal being in the Premier League, and Wolves working their way back up from the then Division Three.  In that first season for 19 years, Wolves fell to a 3-0 defeat away, and a 3-1 defeat at home. Infact, Wolves have not beaten Arsenal in a league game since September 1979, when we came away with a 3-2 victory in League Division One, away from home.
 
Since then, Wolves have claimed a couple of draws from Arsenal, the most recent coming in the reverse fixture between the two sides away from home, where Wolves drew 1-1 with the Gunners. Ivan Cavaleiro gave us the lead in the 13th minute, but Wolves couldn't hold on, as in the 86th minute Mkhitaryan levelled the game, rescuing a point for the Gunners.
 

Analysis

One thing we do know about Nuno and his team is that they are record breakers, so that record of not winning against Arsenal since 1979 is not going to faze them one bit.  Brighton sat back and didn't want to score on Saturday, Wolves had plenty of chances, but it was one of those games where the ball wouldn't find the net. Wolves are now on a run of 3 games without a victory, with the last win coming against Manchester United in a 2-1 victory at home.

Arsenal lost their last game 3-2 to local rivals Crystal Palace, so will be hoping that they can get back to winning ways to take them nicely into their Europa League semi-final after their next game against Leicester.

The Gunners have a tough defence, and don't often concede more than 1 goal in a game, so for Palace to score 3 was a bit unexpected as far at stats are concerned.

I predicted Wolves would get an emphatic win against Brighton, and because they sat back all game and Wolves luck wasn't in, that didn't happen. I can't say I believe we'll smash Arsenal the same way I thought we would Brighton, but I can see a Wolves 2-1 win as we normally do well against these types of teams.

Prediction: Wolves 2-1 Arsenal

 

Adam Carr is a Talking Wolves blogger. You can follow him on Twitter here.

 

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