Arsenal travel to face Wolves on Saturday, desperate to top the table at Christmas for the first time in 15 years.
The Gunners have won 11 of their 13 Premier League games so far this season and could achieve what they haven’t since 2007.
The next challenge for Mikel Arteta’s side in their title bid is away against struggling Wolves who have won just one of their last eight games.
Interim manager Steve Davis will take charge of the final game of his temporary stint before Spain boss Julen Lopetegui takes over after the World Cup.
Wolves vs Arsenal: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will be played on Saturday November 12.
Kick-off in Molineux is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
talkSPORT will provide EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game hosted by Faye Carruthers.
Comments will come from Clive Tyldesley and former Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo.
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Wolves vs Arsenal: team news
Diego Costa will serve the final game of his suspension on Saturday and will therefore be unavailable for Wolves.
They will also be left without Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto while Matheus Nunes hopes to return from a shoulder injury.
Arsenal have Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe sidelined but will have the rest of their squad available.
A top three of Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are set to start as they celebrate their World Cup call-up.
Wolves vs Arsenal: what has been said?
Wolves caretaker manager Davis has reflected on his time as the club’s temporary manager.
Before the game he said: “They are in a much better place for Julen [Lopetegui to come and work with. They are ready for the challenge and they are fighting.
“I will look back at it as a really good experience, something I never dreamed would happen as a kid, and I would like to think some legacies have been left in terms of young players getting opportunities.
“The only tinge of disappointment is not getting as many points as we would have liked.”
Wolves vs Arsenal: Match facts
- Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka – whose first ever Premier League goal came against Wolves at Molineux in July 2020 – has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League games (4 goals, 6 assists), with no Gunners player having a hand in more league goals this season.
- Arsenal have had five players create at least 20 chances in the Premier League this season, no other side has had more than three (Saka 26, Ødegaard 25, Martinelli 23, Jesus 22, Xhaka 20).
- As well as having the fewest goals (8) and lowest shot conversion rate (4.8%) in the Premier League this season, Wolves have had fewer different goalscorers than any other side (4), with Rúben Neves netting 50% of their goals so far this term (4/8).
- Victory for Arsenal will mean they are top of the Premier League table at Christmas for the first time since 2007-08. However, the Gunners haven’t gone on to win the title in any of the last five times they’ve topped the table at Christmas (1951-52, 1986-87, 1989-90, 2002-03 and 2007-08), last doing so in 1947-48.
- Arsenal are the only side to have scored in every Premier League game this season, while they’ve also got the joint-fewest goals conceded (11) and joint-most clean sheets so far this term (6). Indeed, the Gunners are looking to win three consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since July 2020.
- Wolves have won just one of their last eight Premier League games, drawing one and losing six. They’ve conceded at least three goals in four of these eight games, as many times as they had in their previous 49 matches in the competition.
- Arsenal have had three players sent off across their last two Premier League away games against Wolves, with Gabriel Martinelli seeing red last season, and both David Luiz and Bernd Leno doing so in February 2021.
- Arsenal have scored in each of their last 29 meetings with Wolves in all competitions, since a 1-0 loss in February 1979. Only against West Bromwich Albion (32) are the Gunners currently on a longer scoring streak in all competitions.
- Arsenal have won six of their eight Premier League away games against Wolves (L2) and have scored at least once in all 16 of their meetings with them in the competition.
- Wolves lost home and away against Arsenal in the Premier League last season, having lost just two of their previous eight against them (W3 D3).
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