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 at Molineux on Wednesday so, to find out more, we also asked local journalist Tim Nash for his analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Wolves have had a poor time in recent weeks but they do have players who, on their day, can cause problems. Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis both have pace, trickery and crossing ability while Steven Fletcher is good in the air and is an excellent finisher.

"However, defensively they have too many problems. Christophe Berra, Richard Stearman and Roger Johnson have not found a reasonable partnership between them, while the full backs have often been poorly positioned. Even the usually reliable Wayne Hennessey has made several mistakes which have cost his team goals. Wolves will have to play at a level they have not yet reached this season if they are to get anything from this game."  

Scouting Report - Tactics

“Wolves have been playing 4-4-2 in the last few games, although Terry Connor tends to tailor tactics and formations to individual opponents. I think with the realisation of the situation they are in there is certainly a need to be on the front foot and to try and get at their opponents while also trying to keep some defensive stability as well. I think they will retain the 4-4-2 they have been playing recently.

“I do think they might bring Kevin Doyle back into the side. They played Stoke at the weekend and had 10 per cent more possession, but that won't be the case against Arsenal because they will pass you to death. I think Wolves need somebody like Doyle in the team just to try and make the ball stick a little bit better at that end of the pitch. He will probably come back in for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

“Using the wings is still the case for Wolves, perhaps even more so now because Michael Kightly has returned from injury and has been their best player in the last two games. They have Kightly on the right and Matt Jarvis on the left and I have to say that they have both been flying. Jarvis has been in even better form than when he played for England last year and won his first cap. He has been creating a lot of chances and Kightly has only just edged him in the last couple of games.

“He has been a key part of everything good about Wolves recently, it is just a shame that no matter how well they play, they just cannot keep the back door shut. And they have played very well in the last three games.

“Wolves have to approach this one with some caution given Arsenal's recent form. They have lost six games on the bounce and also recorded a club-record seven home league defeats in a row. It is the only time they have ever done that in a season. They have also made another unwanted club record, going 29 games without a clean sheet. They have not beaten Arsenal in 18 meetings either so the odds are really stacked against them.

“They are six points adrift and they need wins now. There is still a feeling, despite everybody in the outside world writing them off, that they can claw this back and one win could kickstart something. It is not seen as a hopeless task by any stretch.

“I'm going to have to try and back Wolves somehow - I think I will go for a 1-1 draw, which they managed to get at the Emirates in December. They played very well and defended very well in that game.” 

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    11 Apr 2012