Arsenal seek to build off their momentous victory over Manchester City when they travel to Molineux Stadium to face last-placed Wolverhampton on Wednesday in Premier League action.
Wolves have lost six-straight games, including losses to Blackburn and Bolton Wanderers, and were humilated by Fulham, when they lost to the Cottagers on Mar. 4, 5-0. Terry O'Connor's squad haven't won a match since Feb. 4, when they defeated Queens Park Rangers. 2-1. With just six matches remaining on the schedule, Wolves appear destined to exit the Premier League unless they make a tremendous improvement.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have won eight of their last nine matches. The Gunners have played with great confidence, and have a two-point lead on Tottenham and Newcastle, which have played one more match than Arsenal. The chances of the Gunners catching second-place Manchester City appear bleak, but a spot in Champions League next season seems likely if the club can maintain their form.
Arsene Wenger's squad have a reputation for not finishing off weaker competition, so a road win against Wolves is crucial. Of the six matches remaining on the schedule, the only prominent opponent is local rival Chelsea on Apr. 21 at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners will be without centre back Laurent Koscielny, who is suspended for picking up his 10th yellow card. Arsenal are still without Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Frimpong, and Francis Coquelin.
Wolves are without injured Jamie O'Hara, Stephen Hunt and Jody Craddock.
When the two clubs met at Emirates on Dec. 27, Wolves were able to manage a 1-1 result.
PREDICTION: Anything less than an Arsenal thrashing would be a tremendous disappointment for the Gunners. Robin van Persie hasn't scored in four-straight Premier League matches, and that should come to end by the first half. A hat trick wouldn't be much of a surprise for the superstar Dutch forward. Though Arsenal will likely dominate possession, and get the victory, expect Wolverhampton to put up a fight. At home, and due for a better effort than they've given in recent weeks, Wolves should have their moments in the match.
PREDICTED SCORE: Arsenal over Wolverhampton, 4-1
D: Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward
M: Kightly, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis
F: Doyle, Fletcher
D: Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Gibbs
M: Arteta, Song, Rosicky
F: Walcott, Van Persie, Benayoun