Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal: Match Preview

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal

Barclays Premier League


Wednesday, April 11; 19:45

Team news:

Wolves manager Terry Connor has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s visit of in-form Arsenal.

Jamie O'Hara, Stephen Hunt and Jody Craddock are still unavailable.

Laurent Koscielny starts a two-game ban after picking up his 10th booking of the season and will be replaced by Swiss defender Johan Djourou.

Kieran Gibbs has been ruled out with a groin problem he picked up against Manchester City so Brazilian Andre Santos is expected to start at left-back.

Arteta: Finishing third is vital

Mikel Arteta says it is imperative that Arsenal continue their fine form and finish third in the Premier League - to guarantee Champions League football at Emirates Stadium next season.

Arsene Wenger’s side are two points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham following their 1-0 win against Manchester City and have a game in hand on their north London rivals and Newcastle.

Victory against Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday night would move the Gunners five points clear in the race for third and Arteta is confident Arsenal will maintain their momentum.

"Third place gives you direct access to the Champions League,” he told “It's really important. It's been a big fight; we have come all the way through from the back.

"We've put in a big effort, we are in a strong position now and we don't want to waste it. We had a setback at QPR and it says a lot for our spirit that we came straight back.

"Everyone was saying we were in trouble again because Newcastle look really strong, Chelsea have been winning and I'm sure they'll be there until the end.

"It will be a big fight and I think it will go right until the end. There are some big games ahead. Everyone must play each other; we've got Chelsea here and have got to go to Stoke so it can change again.”

Wolves are six points adrift at the foot of the Premier League table and have gone eight games without a win in the top flight.

But Arteta, who joined Arsenal from Everton last summer, is expecting a difficult game against Terry Connor’s side.

"I don't think it will be easy,” he said. “We have some good examples this year when we have dropped points against teams near the bottom.

"We have to go there with the right mentality and the right approach and sense of pride. When you're playing away from home there are no easy games in the Premier League.”

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