Arsenal vs Wolves preview: Team news, predicted lineups
In what will only be for record sake, Arsenal will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates stadium in their very last match of the 2022-23 Premier League season.
The head-to-head record between the clubs in the last 5 matches include three wins for Arsenal and two wins for Wolves.
Mikel Arteta’s side will bring the curtain down on a memorable campaign in the top flight of English football as they welcome the Wanderers to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides will be playing for pride on the North London soil, with Arteta’s side, which topped the table for majority of the season, settling firmly in second place.
Wolves on the other hand, are only capable of bettering their position in the bottom half.
Arsenal finally surrendered the league title to Manchester City as they were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest and they will be hoping to bounce back and end the season on a winning note.
The Gunners did not end the season without writing a piece of an unwanted Premier League history – no side has spent so long at the summit without winning the league.
Arsenal have been able to win just two of their last eight games, while losing both of their last two without making the net ripple.
But Arsenal have the penchant for final-day triumphs, as well-documented – the Gunners have an all-time high 70% win percentage in gameweek 38.
Wolves on the other hand have fallen to defeat in each of their last five final-day matches since edging past Sunderland 2-1 in 2010.
Arsenal eased to a 2-0 victory over Wolves in the West Midlands in the reverse fixture of the Wk38, which extended their winning run over Lopetegui’s side to three games.
Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny are still recovering from knee injuries, while William Saliba is suffering from back injury.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is down with calf and Gabriel Martinelli will not be available due to a strained ankle.
Reiss Nelson may return to Arteta’s line up on Sunday having missed the game at Forest due to illness.
Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe could also make the XI due to Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard’s knocks.
Arteta should revert to a more familiar system after his failed Thomas Partey and Jakub Kiwior full-back experiment at Nottingham Forest.
As for Wolves, Chiquinho and Sasa Kalajdzic are both recovering from their serious knee injuries and will watch from the sidelines on Sunday.
Lopetegui may be tempted to recall the likes of Matheus Nunes and Matheus Cunha to the XI due to the calibre of the opposition.
Possible starting lineup for Arsenal:
Ramsdale; White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Xhaka, Jorginho; Nelson, Jesus, Smith Rowe
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Semedo, Kilman, Dawson, Toti; A. Traore, Lemina, Neves, Nunes; Cunha, Jimenez