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Arsenal predicted XI v Wolves: £2m man starts, Arteta favourite drops out

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Arsenal predicted XI v Wolves: £2m man starts, Arteta favourite drops out

Arsenal have put their poor early post-restart form behind them and will be hoping to make it four wins in a row on Saturday evening.

The Gunners travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers following clean-sheet Premier League victories over Southampton and Norwich, either side of the FA Cup quarter-final win at Sheffield United.

Mikel Arteta is having plenty of joy with his new 3-4-3 formation so he’s likely to deploy this again at Molineux.

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In goal, Emiliano Martinez will stay put – barring any last-minute issues – as he continues to do well during Bernd Leno’s recovery from injury.

Rob Holding was rested against Norwich but could return in place of Sead Kolasinac, who started Arsenal’s last two games.

The £2million man has been impressive since the resumption of the league and cup, and should be joined by David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi in the three-man defence.

Kieran Tierney, who has also been superb since the restart and is adored by Arteta, could also do with a break, having started the last three, so Bukayo Saka could come in.

 

On the opposite flank, Cedric Soares will hope to make his full debut after scoring off the bench against the Canaries last time out.

In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have done well and should remain, and in attack, Alexandre Lacazette could be dropped after failing to find the net.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in red-hot form and should start again, while Eddie Nketiah could lead the line, flanked on the right by Nicolas Pepe, who shone against Sheffield United.

Arsenal predicted starting XI (3-4-3): Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Holding; Cedric, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

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