Arsenal host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 12th Premier League match of the 2018-2019 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (11/11/2018). Victory is an absolute target for Arsenal even though the coach, Unai Emery, does not want to underestimate the Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
In his last five matches, Arsenal and Wolverhampton both won two wins. The difference is that Arsenal won it in the Europa League and League Cup, while in the Premier League match only won a draw. In total in the last five games in all competitions, the Gunners have won nine points.
Meanwhile, Wolves, who have only appeared in the Premier League in the last five games, have only won six points from two wins over Southampton and Crystal Palace. At least the results achieved by the two teams in their last five matches can reflect their second position in the standings, where Arsenal are ranked fifth while Wolves are ranked 11th.
However, Arsenal should not underestimate Wolves, especially because Unai Emery lost quite a number of players in this match. Konstantinos Mavropanos, Mohamed Elneny, Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner will certainly not be able to play due to injury. Meanwhile, Nacho Monreal and Emile Smith-Rowe are still doubtful to appear in this match.
In addition, Unai Emery felt confident the Wolves coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, could bring his team a surprise at the Emirates Stadium. The discipline of a Portuguese coach equipped with quality players will be a threat to the Gunners.
“All coaches from Portugal, in my experience, are very competitive and they are very organized,” Unai Emery said when talking about Nuno Espirito Santo as reported by the official Arsenal website.
“They are not only disciplined, but also talented players, like those in Wolves. I know that every game here is very difficult and we need to prepare it because then we can continue the journey better,” he continued.
The key to this game is who will score first, whether Arsenal or even the visitors. In 14 matches in all competitions that Wolves has been running this season, they have conceded just three more than two goals. The reason, Wolves used to immediately play defensive after first scoring to the opponent’s goal.