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Zinchenko in, Tomiyasu a doubt: Arsenal team news and predicted XI vs Wolves

12:45 PM GMT 11/11/2022
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A win at Molineux will send the Gunners into the World Cup break sitting top of the Premier League

Arsenal play their final game before the World Cup break on Saturday night when they visit Wolves in the Premier League.

It’s another huge game for Mikel Arteta’s table-toppers, who were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night following a 3-1 defeat by Brighton.

So how are things shaping up at Arsenal ahead of the clash at Wolves? GOAL takes a look.

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    Arsenal team news

    The Gunners go into Saturday’s trip to Molineux in good shape, with Takehiro Tomiyasu the only major doubt.

    The right-back limped off during the recent Europa League win over FC Zurich due to a ‘muscular problem’ and hasn’t featured since.

    He is being assessed ahead of the clash with Wolves, but with the World Cup looming large, it’s unlikely Arsenal will take any risk with the Japan international.

    Mikel Arteta made 10 changes in midweek for the Carabao Cup defeat against Brighton, with all the rested players expected to come back into the starting XI at Molineux.

    Long-term absentee Emile Smith Rowe (groin) remains sidelined.

  • Gabriel Arsenal Chelsea Premier League 2022-23

    Talking point

    If Arsenal win on Saturday night it will send them into the World Cup break sitting top of the Premier League.

    Victory will guarantee them at least a two-point lead over Manchester City after the opening 14 games of the campaign.

    This is already the best start to a league season in the club’s history and another three points will only add to the optimism that is sweeping through north London.

    Whether they can continue to set the pace with Manchester City when the Premier League returns after the World Cup remains to be seen.

    But whatever happens, Arteta’s side have given themselves a huge opportunity to go on and finally secure a route back into the Champions League over the second half of the season.

  • Gabriel Jesus Arsenal 2022-23

    Key man

    Gabriel Jesus: It’s been 10 games in all competitions since Jesus last scored a goal for Arsenal.

    He was close to ending that run last weekend at Chelsea on more than one occasion, but was left frustrated as the chances passed him by.

    But his superb performance was still vital in Arsenal securing the victory at Stamford Bridge and Arteta will not be bothered if the Brazilian fails to find the target again, providing he produces a similar display to the one in west London.

    Even without the goals, Jesus is crucial to Arsenal’s success. He was at Chelsea and he will be again at Wolves.

  • William Saliba Arsenal 2022-23

    What has Saliba said?

    Speaking ahead of the game, Arsenal defender William Saliba was asked about the importance of going into the World Cup break at the top of the Premier League.

    “[It’s important] Because we have just one game left,” he said. “Some players can go on holidays well and we [players selected for their national teams] can go to the World Cup with a good mentality.

    “I have to be focused on the last game with Arsenal. To push to win and then after this game I will focus 100 per cent with the national team.”

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    Arsenal predicted XI vs Wolves

    (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko: Partey, Odegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.