By Nick Teale
Since the inauguration of the Premier League, Wolves have only featured once in the top-flight. That season - 2003/04 - they finished bottom and this term they haven't won in their last six games.
Compare that to Arsenal's 12-game unbeaten run and you won't be surprised to hear that the Gunners are clear favourites to win on Saturday evening.
But despite lying 17th in the table, Wolves have improved their performances of late according to Wolverhampton Express and Star correspondent Tim Nash.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
"I think they're going into games with more excitement than trepidation at the moment because they've been unbeaten in their last three games. They've played very well - apart from the first half at Stoke - to get draws at Everton, at home against Aston Villa and against Stoke last week so they are quite encouraged. They have had 11 games in the Premier League now and they have adapted well. I think they realise what it takes to get a result."
IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"In the first quarter of the season they've all adapted to the demands of the Premier League but they're under no illusions as to how difficult it's going to be against Arsenal. They respect Arsenal as one of the top sides in the country, if not the world at the moment with some of the players they've got but Mick McCarthy has been very bullish about their chances all week. They believe that they can get at Arsenal and the manager has pointed at them losing the two-goal lead at West Ham and conceding against AZ Alkmaar in midweek, although they were four goals up at the time! I think they believe that perhaps through set-pieces they can find a chink in the Gunners' armour."
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
"What they would concede is that their home form could be better. They've only won one in five in front of their own fans and they do seem a little bit better suited to getting points on their travels at the moment but their performances on the whole have very encouraging."
"They are creating chances in every game. In Kevin Doyle they have a striker who is used to the level and is in good form. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is coming back into the team and he got off the mark in the last home game against Villa and he'll be looking to prove a point. In winger Michael Kightly they've got a player who is getting better in every game and is looking to prove himself in the Premier League as a lot of Wolves' players are.
"They've got a lot of young, hungry players who can play at a high tempo with plenty of energy and pace right through the ranks, which is standing them in good stead. They've got a good mix of skill and physicality, which seems to be making them quite tough opponents so far."
THE STORY SO FAR
"They have not suffered any real hammerings yet although some would argue that the fixture list has been fairly kind to them so far - they've got all of the top four still to play, although they did go down 1-0 away to Manchester City."
"Doyle has been a refreshing player to watch. He seems to have a bit of everything. He's a very confident player and isn't afraid to take the ball under any degree of pressure situation. He can finish, he can hold the ball up, he's got decent pace and he's a very clever player. He can bring others into the game, has a very neat touch, good awareness and he's not frightened to have a pop at goal with either foot. I think all of the fans see him as a quality player who can go on and live up to the expectations of the £6.5million record fee."
THE ONE TO WATCH
"Wolves fans love their strikers and Ebanks-Blake certainly cemented his place in the hearts of the Molineux faithful last year, in fact ever since his arrival really. His strike-rate in the Championship was excellent, he scored 37 goals in 61 games [since joining the club in January 2008]. He's found goals harder to come by in the Premier League but he wasn't helped by suffering a hamstring injury in the first game against West Ham, which kept him out of the team for a while. He's fit again now and looks a lot sharper too."