We’ve drawn the last two games at home, but we’ve got an immediate chance to get back to winning ways, as Wolves come to The Emirates.
The away team are enjoying a cracking return to the Premier League, and are sitting pretty in mid table - well away from the trapdoor. Nuno Espirito Santo has worked wonders since his arrival, and we will have to be at our best to get the points.
Last week saw us play extremely well against supposed title-challengers Liverpool, but the win evaded us. We created chances and defended extremely well against the fearsome front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane, dispelling any rumours that playing out from the back is taking too long to put into place. Holding and Mustafi held firm, keeping the Reds attack to minimal opportunities.
Now we face Wolves, who play a vibrant brand of attacking football and it should make for an entertaining fixture. Both sides are gung-ho going forward, so this may well be settled by who produces the most resolute defence.
Thursday’s game against Sporting Lisbon saw us lose two players through injury - and one is far more severe than the other. Danny Welbeck looks to be out for the season already after a horror injury to his ankle, and Stephane Lichtsteiner pulled up with a muscle strain. Both will most likely miss out.
Sokratis and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have both returned recently and could be involved in some capacity, but most likely from the bench. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both available and likely to continue their partnership, and Mesut Ozil should come back into the side after missing the game against Sporting.
Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both played in Thursday’s Europa League draw, but will likely return to the subs bench, with our stars coming back in. Nacho Monreal is still doubtful and Mohamed Elneny are both doubts too.
What to expect
Wolves have a decent record on the road and grabbed a deserved draw at Old Trafford. They showed very recently that they will be a threat - their 3-2 loss to tottenham last week could easily have been a share of the points.
Their midfield - Joao Moutinho and Reuben Neves - are a real handful. If Moutinho is given space, the playmaker will hurt us. Neves has a cracker of a long range shot and can make the most of a set play, so any needless fouls around our box could make us pay.
Our secret - or not so secret - weapon is Lacazette. His record at our home ground is second to none - involved in 16 goals in 18 home games - and the Frenchman will make the difference in what could be a real ding-dong affair.
There will be goals here, but if we can cut out the mistakes then we can cut out their most potent weapon. Espirito Santo has his side set up well, but our class in attack should see us grab the points.