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Arsenal out to equal club-record scoring run in Wolverhampton Wanderers clash

Arsenal out to equal club-record scoring run in Wolves clash
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Arsenal seek to match a club-record scoring run when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Emirates for Saturday's Premier League encounter.

Arsenal will endeavour to match a club-record scoring streak when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Emirates for Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash.

The Gunners lead the way at the top of the standings with a third of the season played, moving onto 30 points for the season with a 1-0 beating of London rivals Brentford last weekend.

With all of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa not in action until Sunday, Arsenal can temporarily build up an unassailable lead over their title rivals in first place versus Wolves, who are 11 places worse off than Mikel Arteta's side.

While Gary O'Neil's troops were left to bemoan more VAR calls going against them in Monday's 3-2 loss to Fulham, Arsenal claimed an emphatic 6-0 Champions League win over Lens two days later, confirming a spot in the last 16 with a game to spare and stretching their winning streak to four games in the process.

Coincidentally, each of the Gunners' last four clashes with Wolves have ended in victory, and the hosts have also netted in each of their last 31 competitive meetings with the West Midlands side since being beaten 1-0 in 1979.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta pictured on November 29, 2023© Reuters

Should Arteta's men score in Saturday's clash, they will match their record for their longest goalscoring streak against a single opponent, having netted in 32 successive fixtures against West Bromwich Albion in all competitions.

Arsenal's hopes of achieving that club-record feat for a second time appear strong, as they have made the net bulge in all of their previous 18 Premier League meetings with Wolves, who were dismantled 5-0 at the Emirates on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

Furthermore, the Gunners welcome Wolves to the Emirates with their unbeaten home record still intact, winning five and drawing two of their seven Premier League matches in North London during the current campaign.

Nevertheless, Arteta is taking nothing for granted against a Wolves side galvanised by Monday's sense of injustice, telling a press conference: "They have a lot of quality. It's not a coincidence, what they are doing.

"They perform really well, especially against the top sides. That speaks highly about the quality of the coaching staff - what Gary is doing, the way they prepare and control opponents, especially when they play at home. We're going to have to try to break them down tomorrow."

Arsenal's Martin Odegaard celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammates on November 29, 2023© Reuters

Following Monday's loss at Fulham, where as many as three decisions to go against Wolves were retrospectively said to have been incorrect, O'Neil admitted that he had finally reached the end of his tether with VAR, having also seen his side fall victim to several other questionable calls this term.

Arsenal have also felt hard done by regarding technology this season, and Arteta admitted that he shared O'Neil's pain, adding: "I have sympathy with all my colleagues because I know how beautiful but at the same time how challenging our job is.

"The exposure that we have and those moments in front of the cameras are not easy ones, and you see that in many, many situations this season, and last season, and we are here to make the game better, and our clubs better, and we all need to win to do that."

Arteta also confirmed that Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns to report from Wednesday evening, meaning that the hosts should only be without their four known absentees for Saturday's game.

Jurrien Timber (knee), Emile Smith Rowe (knee) and Thomas Partey (thigh) are all making steady progress in their recoveries, while Fabio Vieira has undergone a groin operation and is facing weeks on the sidelines.

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