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Will Arsenal ensure they sit top of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the first time since 2007?

With Manchester City hosting Brentford earlier in the day, the Gunners will need to win to achieve this.

Last Sunday, Mikel Arteta’s team enjoyed another statement victory, this time defeating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Gabriel poking the ball over the line, after Bukayo Saka’s wicked corner had evaded everybody.

This game was far more one-sided than the scoreline suggests, highlighted by the xG scores: 0.24-2.38.

Arsenal have now won 11 of their 13 Premier League matches this season, victorious in six of their last seven.

Wolverhampton Wanderers meantime sit 19th, with Nottingham Forest below them on goal difference alone.

Amazingly, they’ve scored just eight times in the league this season, two of which came last weekend, but they still managed to lose.

Gonçalo Guedes’ equaliser and then Rúben Neves’ penalty had them 2-1 up at home to Brighton, only for Nélson Semedo’s red card to aid the Seagulls fight back, as they won 3-2.

This’ll be Steve Davis’ final game in interim charge before Julen Lopetegui gets to work during the World Cup break.

Contrary to the club’s league positions, these two enjoyed a mixed set of results in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Arsenal were dumped out by Brighton in North London, despite taking the lead through Eddie Nketiah’s excellent finish.

Wolves meanwhile edged past Leeds, thanks to Boubacar Traoré's goal just four minutes from time.

Here, will the league-leaders cling onto that position with victory at Molineux?

Wolverhampton Wanderers team news

Nélson Semedo’s red card last weekend means he’s suspended, as is Diego Costa, following his head-but at Brentford the week before.

Meanwhile, Matheus Nunes, Pedro Neto, Raúl Jiménez and Saša Kalajdžić are all injured.

Without their trio of out-and-out strikers, Hee-chan Hwang will continue to lead the line.

Right-back Jonny hobbled off against Leeds so, if he’s not fit, with Semedo unavailable, Yerson Mosquera could fill-in there.

Fringe players Matija Sarkic, Connor Ronan and Joe Hodge were all given a chance in the Carabao Cup.

Rúben Neves has scored in both of Wolves’ wins over Arsenal at Molineux since 1978, 19 years before he was born.

Arsenal team news

Mikel Arteta rotated heavily in mid-week, with only William Saliba started against both Brighton and Chelsea.

He’s set to name the same XI as last weekend, which would feature Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back; that was the Ukrainian’s first appearance at all since 1 October.

Gabriel Jesus hasn’t scored since that game against Tottenham, but has netting five in his last five when facing Wolves.

Bukayo Saka wasn’t even on the bench on Wednesday, while Ben White, Thomas Partey and Martin Ødegaard also received a much-needed breather.

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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