After a sluggish start in which they succumbed to successive defeats to Man City and Brighton, Arsenal have now won three consecutive matches across all competitions.
Those games have come against promoted sides Norwich and Sheffield United, as well as 14th placed Southampton and Wolves will pose a much greater test of their improvement.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are also on a three-game winning run, winning five of their last eight unbeaten matches in the league.
What’s even more impressive is their defensive resolve, having kept an incredible seven clean sheets from those eight matches as they mount a serious challenge for the Champions League places.
While the hosts have been incredibly impressive at the back, it should be noted that the most recent five of those clean sheets have come against current bottom six sides, while they conceded twice against the toughest opponent in that run, Spurs.
With Arsenal’s current scoring form, we’d be surprised to see a shutout in this one.
Mikel Arteta seems to be making an impression on the North London club, with his side now scoring eight across their last three matches in all tournaments.
Notably, those eight goals have come via seven different scorers, indicating a shift from their reliance on talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a more balanced attacking force, which gives us enough encouragement that they’ll manage to score here, though we wouldn’t be confident in backing the visitors outright.
Both Teams To Score
The Gunners haven’t managed to beat a top half side away from home in the league since April last year when they played 10th placed Watford, who ended up finishing 11th.
The last time they beat a side away that finished in the top half was 7th placed Burnley back in November 2017, courtesy of a 90th minute Alexis Sanchez penalty, going D5-L15 against top half finishers or the current top half, since.
Wolves have a real chance at making Europe’s elite tier competition for next season as three points currently separate third and sixth in the table, and with Man City’s ban looming, they may really fancy their chances.
While that should provide ample motivation, their record against the better sides at home isn’t as great as it ought to be. They’re just W1-D4-L3 against the top half at Molineux this season, and while they’re on an impressive run of results, this is enough to dissuade us from the outright at the prices.
The Midlands club did manage to find the net in seven of those eight matches, and with the visitors having a host of players among the goals recently, we fancy both sides to get on the scoreboard.