Mikel Arteta says he expects a “really tough match” as Arsenal prepare to host an “organized” Wolves team at the Emirates this weekend.
Arsenal will look to bounce back from a disappointing streak of form when they host Wolves on Sunday night, as the North London side won just once in their last five Premier League games to languish in the lower half of the league. division.
The Gunners have battled for goals so far this season and will face a Wolves team that has regularly frustrated the best in the division, their four clean sheets this season being the best in the Premier League.
Arsenal secured a 2-0 win at Molineux in the most recent meeting between the two sides in July, although Arteta expects a tough challenge against a team that will seek an answer of its own after winning just one of its previous four.
The Wolves have been among the most consistent teams in the Premier League in terms of players and system since returning to the top flight two years ago, although Nuno Espirito Santo’s team made the unusual switch to a four-defender formation during the draw. last weekend with Southampton in the absence of Conor Coady.
Arteta admits that his surprising system change offers its own problems ahead of Sunday’s game, as he looks to deal with the threat of a team “that dominates almost every aspect of the game.”
“Obviously it’s different and you could see how they finished the second half in the last game [against Southampton]”Mikel Arteta told the Arsenal website.
“We know that we have to be prepared to go against both situations, in the formation of the three behind they have different options to play as well and they are a threat in different areas, so we have to be prepared as we always do.
“[It is] a very tough game, for sure they are one of the most organized teams in the league.
“They have been together for a long time, they have shown in the big games against big rivals how difficult they can do it, so I expect a difficult game against a team that dominates almost every aspect of the game, I would say. They know exactly what to do. “