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How Arsenal could line up against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for their Premier League match with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal continue their push for a top-six spot in the Premier League when they lock horns with fellow European chasers Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners have won three matches on the bounce in all competitions against Southampton, Sheffield United and Norwich City, and currently lie seventh in the table before Tottenham Hotspur - who sit just one point behind Arsenal - travel to Sheffield on Thursday.

Mikel Arteta must now prepare for testing fixtures against Wolves, Leicester City, Spurs and Liverpool in the coming weeks, and the Gunners have failed to beat Wolves on three occasions since Nuno Espirito Santo's side were promoted back to the English top flight.

With that in mind, Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for the trip to the West Midlands.


Out: Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Bernd Leno (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Calum Chambers (knee)
Doubtful: Mesut Ozil (back)

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While Wolves have enjoyed a full week off since their last Premier League match, Arsenal will be playing their third fixture in seven days during a hectic schedule.

Furthermore, with Champions-league chasing Leicester set to visit the Emirates next Tuesday, Arteta is facing plenty of selection dilemmas for the clash with Wolves.

Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli all remain on the treatment table, and Mesut Ozil is a doubt with a back problem, but Arsenal have confirmed that Lucas Torreira is fit and available for selection again.

The Spaniard has opted for a three-at-the-back system in recent weeks and may look to stick with that formation again, with Rob Holding - who was named amongst the substitutes against Norwich - potentially in line for a start over makeshift centre-back Sead Kolasinac.

Kieran Tierney has impressed since the restart but is unlikely to be risked too much given his injury complications this season, with the versatile Bukayo Saka likely to slot in at wing-back after he was rested in midweek.

Another player who had to settle for a place on the bench on Wednesday was club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, and the Ivorian is expected to replace Reiss Nelson on the right flank against Wolves.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have formed a respectable midfield partnership and are all-but guaranteed starters - especially after Matteo Guendouzi was dropped amid disciplinary issues, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another option in the middle of the park should Arteta look to freshen things up.

Alexandre Lacazette has not lived up to his normally high standards in front of goal this term, and the Frenchman's failure to find the back of the net against Norwich could see the young Eddie Nketiah handed another start.

Cedric Soares marked his debut for Arsenal against Norwich with a thundering finish just minutes after being brought on, and with Hector Bellerin due a rest at some point, Cedric could make his first start for the Gunners this weekend.

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