Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Tim Nash for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Wolves need Matt Jarvis, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle to play at their best if available on Tuesday. For most of the season the latter pair have been short on form, which has left Steven Fletcher as the attacking inspiration.

"Roger Johnson, a big summer signing from Birmingham, has also failed to play with authority which has left them vulnerable at the back. They will be a threat at set plays, though."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"For the last few games, Mick McCarthy has played a 4-4-2 formation, with Steven Fletcher and Kevin Doyle up front - though he dropped Doyle for the first time ever in his Wolves career on Tuesday night against Norwich. They certainly carry a much bigger threat playing 4-4-2 where they can afford to be a little bit more direct.

"Often away from home he's gone 4-4-1-1 with Jamie O'Hara in the hole, but he's now out for six weeks with a hernia. He's a major absentee so it will be interesting to see what he does. They're better when they get in teams' faces and 4-4-2 enables them to do that a bit more by pressing the opposition higher up the pitch.

"McCarthy's sort of damned if he does and damned if he doesn't at the moment because Wolves have lost six of their eight away games this season. The obvious thing would be to perhaps sit back and soak up the pressure but eventually Arsenal usually tend to find a way through.

"With Doyle out of form I'd have to say Matt Jarvis, the left winger, is the main man at the moment. He's right back into the form that won him an England cap last March, going back to basics and just trying to beat his man on the inside and the outside to get crosses in. That's the main feature of Wolves' game - if you stop crosses, you stop Wolves.

"They do rely on getting a lot of balls into the box and Jarvis and Fletcher do link up well together in that respect. The former has had an awful lot of joy in the last three or four games, even at Old Trafford where he gave Chris Smalling the runaround. In that game he did set up the goal for Fletcher.

"Undoubtedly they look suspect at the back, they've only kept two clean sheets all season and those were in the first games. In those six away defeats they've scored four and leaked 16 goals and in a run of 10 defeats in 14, in eight of those games I think they've gone 2-0 down before trying to give themselves a lifeline. They really have struggled to keep the back door shut and probably nobody has more so in that respect than the captain Roger Johnson. He was the big signing but has struggled hugely.

"But I suppose I have to be optimistic - if Wolves could get a point that would be magnificent. It's difficult to see them keeping a clean sheet given the form that Arsenal are in so I'm going to go for a 1-1 draw."

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    26 Dec 2011