It’s all to play for at the Emirates, as Arsenal take on Wolves. The Gunners could move within one spot of the Champions League places, with games in hand, if they were to win.
A victory for the visitors, though, would take Bruno Lage’s side a point clear of tonight’s hosts. With Tottenham slipping up against Brentford, both sides will be hoping to push home the advantage in this game.
It’s only two weeks since the sides met in the reverse fixture. Gabriel’s first half goal was enough to earn Arsenal the three points, with the North London outfit putting on a strong rearguard action after going down to 10 men. Arsenal felt aggrieved after Gabriel Martinelli was sent off for two yellow card offenses within the space of a few seconds, and their relief at the final whistle turned into jubilant scenes.
Their hosts were less than impressed with the celebrations, and will be looking to replicate those scenes tonight by taking all three points back home with them. Arsenal’s strong form at the Emirates will make it a tough task, but Lage’s outfit have proved to be a tough nut to crack this season.
Both managers look set to have more or less their full complement of players available for this game. With the race for the European places taking twist after twist, this game could be pivotal for both these teams’ seasons.
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30th min: Cedric’s cross sails over everyone in the area, including a grasping Jose Sa, to find Kieran Tierney on the far side. The Scot drills the ball back into the area, with Sa still retreating to his goal. Lacazette throws a foot at the cross, but it’s blocked by a Wolves body.
27th min: A few times now Arsenal have looked to be in a promising position, only for Lacazette to want more time than he has. The tempo is quick out there, and fine margins could make the difference. Wolves have lost possession a couple of times in dangerous positions now. Wolves take the best part of half a minute over a free kick, and the home fans aren’t happy. Wolves will point to Arsenal’s behaviour in the fixture two weeks ago.
24th min: Jiménez penalised for a high foot on the halfway line as Gabriel tried to head a loose ball, but the Arsenal free kick comes to nothing and Wolves get a spell on the ball.
21st min: Another good move from Arsenal. Cedric drives the ball into the centre of the pitch, where Ødegaard’s reverse pass finds Lacazette, who tries to take a touch rather than shooting, and the chance goes begging. Saka’s run in behind is found by Ben White, and Coady has to get across to block the shot.
20th min: The space left by Kieran Tierney during his forays forward look like something that Wolves might be targetting. Wolves are maintaining a compact shape, and choosing their moments to press well.
18th min: Arsenal have responded well, and they’re beginning to establish possession in Wolves’ half. Ødegaard has a shot blocked, but Saka is seeing more of the ball, and that will be a problem for the visitors.
15th min: Arsenal manage a moment of settled possession, it feels like the first time they’ve been able to breathe since the game started. Ramsdale is limping. Arsenal play through Wolves and Saka finds Lacazette running into the Wolves area. He dances round a couple of players and his shot goes wide from a tight angle. A goal kick is given, but it came off a Wolves defender and the Arsenal front man isn’t happy.
14th min: It’s not really sticking for Arsenal in the final third, and it doesn’t stick for Jiménez either. Somehow he finds himself in acres of space on the edge of Arsenal’s area, one on one with Aaron Ramsdale. The forward drags his shot well, well wide. Arsenal need to turn up soon if they’re going to get something from this game.
10th min: GOAL!
It’s Hwang who breaks the deadlock! Gabriel is drawn out to the right hand side by a long ball. He’s shepherding it towards the corner flag when he plays a really loose backpass. Hwang gets to it before Ramsdale, and finishes from a tight angle.
7th min: VAR took an uncomfortably long look at that for the home fans, but the decision stands and it’s still 0-0.
6yh min: It’s an assertive start from both sides, who are looking to attack quickly and close down out of possession. Semedo gets a chance to cross first time, but he takes a touch and Tierney gets back to concede a corner. Semedo’s follow through catches Tierney in an unpleasant area, but the Scot is up on his feet. The corner is cleared, and the second phase sees Saïss score. It’s flagged offside, but VAR is taking a look.
2nd min: It’s a fast start from Arsenal! They win possession high up and work it out Martinelli on the left. Semedo doesn’t get the ball, and Arsenal want a penalty, but Martin Atkinson isn’t convinced and it’s not overturned by VAR.
1st min: We’re off! Jiménez gets things underway.
2:45pm: The teams are out on the pitch, and kickoff is moments away!
2:22pm: It’s two in midfield for Wolves. Bruno Lage was pleased with how a midfield pairing managed against Arsenal a fortnight ago, and it’ll be the same setup today.
2:16pm: The teams are out to warm up under the floodlights. It’s a crisp evening in North London.
2:00pm: A couple of surprises in the Arsenal squad, with Tomiyasu and Smith-Rowe both absent tonight. Hwang is the only change for the visitors, who will likely line up with Hwang and Podence either side of Jiménez.
1:47pm: Wolves’ lineup is in too, with Hwang Hee-chan making his return to the XI:
— Wolves (@Wolves) February 24, 2022
1:46pm: The Arsenal team is in, with Martinelli returning from his one-game suspension:
? TEAM NEWS
?? Lacazette leads the line
?? Martinelli returns
?? Partey holds the midfield
⚡️ Let’s go, Gunners pic.twitter.com/gqbM7bDgsJ
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 24, 2022
1:40pm: Welcome to Sporting News’ coverage of Arsenal vs. Wolves, as the Gunners aim for a third straight win in the race for the Champions League spots.
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How to watch Arsenal vs. Wolves
- Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
- Time: 2.45 p.m. ET
- TV channel: Peacock
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo Deportes
- Canadian streaming: DAZN
- USA streaming: fuboTV
Thursday’s match between Arsenal and Wolves will be broadcast live on Peacock and Telemundo Deportes in the USA. It will be streamed live on DAZN in Canada, and in the US on fuboTV, where viewers can take advantage of a free trial.