By Giuseppe Muro
Wolves were very unfortunate to lose 2-1 to an injury-time goal at Old Trafford last time out and with a victory over Manchester City in their last game at Molineux tonight is set to be a real test for Arsenal.
But who are the main threats to the Gunners and what type of football will Mick McCarthy and his side look to play? We spoke to Tim Nash of the Wolverhampton Express and Star to get a Wolves perspective on the Premier League clash.
THE STORY SO FAR
“Results wise recently, they have not done as well as they would have liked. But they have beaten Manchester City with what was an excellent performance and have actually been playing very well. They were within 30 seconds of drawing with Manchester United on Saturday and played arguably their best football of the season at Chelsea two weeks before that. Again they could have got something from that and then they lost 3-2 against Manchester United in the Carling Cup, again in the last minute. They have had an extremely difficult run and so far they have come out with three points from those three games in the league. They go into the Arsenal game with some degree of confidence because of how well they are playing.”
“There were a few heavy tackles on Joey Barton but they were the right side of the law. Just as it was dying down in a Sky game at Wigan we had Karl Henry talking about how they weren’t a dirty team and then within ten minutes he launched into Jordi Gomez and got deservedly sent off and for a rash challenge. Anyone who has seen Wolves regularly will know they play really good football and aren’t a team who play the long ball and like to kick people. They compete fairly and they play possession football.”
“This season they have made Molineux a little bit of a fortress. They have only lost once in five and that was seen as a very unfair scoreline when the lost 2-1 to Aston Villa with a late Emile Heskey goal after a really high-tempo second half performance. They were comfortable winners against Stoke on the opening day and then gave Newcastle a really good game that will be remembered for the tackles on Joey Barton but they played some good stuff on that day. So they have had some good performances. They really battered West Ham in the first half and ended up drawing 1-1 and then they beat Manchester City with their best home performance of the season. Molineux is a tough place to go, the fans are pretty vocal and get right behind the team.”
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
“Wolves have improved their goals output this season with people who are in decent form like Matt Jarvis who has emerged as a real star and England contender and is real threat on either wing. What is costing them at the moment is late goals - they’ve conceded eight in the last 15 minutes of games this season which has cost them six points.”
MAN OF THE MOMENT
“Matt Jarvis. He has really improved. He came into his own in the second half of last season but there were still question marks over his final ball. He has got blistering pace and has really worked at certain aspects of his game and now a far bigger portion of his crosses hit the target and result in chances for the forwards. He is naturally right footed but can go wide on the left and not just cut inside. On the right he can beat his full back on both sides as well. He has also worked on his free kicks and shooting so he is more of a goal threat. Since last January he has really upped his game and is really impressing in the Premier league and is rightly being talking of as an England contender.