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Misfiring Arsenal must break down Wolves to extend 43-year-old goal record

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Arsenal will be determined to get their season back on track as they travel to take on Wolves this evening.

While still sitting sixth in the Premier League going into the clash at Molineux, Mikel Arteta’s side have seen results drop off of late, having not picked up a win since their Boxing Day hammering of Norwich.

Mikel Arteta’s side will face a resilient Wolves this evening

Mikel Arteta’s side will face a resilient Wolves this evening

Five matches without a win isn’t a good look for a side such as the Gunners, but given that that included two clashes with Liverpool and one against Manchester City, they can perhaps be forgiven for not taking the maximum reward.

What’s more concerning is their lack of attacking edge in front of goal.

Arsenal have failed to score in each of their last four games in all competitions, with their last effort coming from Bukayo Saka in the 2-1 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side on New Years Day.

The Gunners have not gone five matches without a goal since 1990 under George Graham, something that Arteta will be very aware of going into the clash.

Unfortunately for the North London side, tonight is far from the ideal time to try and break this sort of record.

Bruno Lage’s side boast the second best defence in the Premier League

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Bruno Lage’s side boast the second best defence in the Premier League

Wolves have been hugely impressive under Bruno Lage with the Black Country side sitting in eighth position and without a defeat in six Premier League matches.

Even more impressively, Wolves boast the second best defensive record in the league behind Manchester City, having conceded just 16 goals in 21 matches this term.

Lage’s side will be a tough nut to crack for Arsenal, particularly given their lack of attacking options.

Losing Aubameyang has been a big blow to Arsenal threat in front of goal

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Losing Aubameyang has been a big blow to Arsenal threat in front of goal

While Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will hope to be the club’s main source of goals over the coming weeks, there’s no doubt that the loss of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona is a significant blow.

Supporters were keen to see the club sign an attacker in the January transfer window, but with no additions made it means that Arteta will need to persevere with what he has.

Arteta will be hoping that his players can step up to the challenge

Arteta will be hoping that his players can step up to the challenge

If history has any role to play in the clash at Molineux, the Gunners might just be able to break that run.

Arsenal have scored in each of their last 27 games against Wolves in all competitions, a run that stretches back to a 1-0 home loss in February 1979.

With 43 years since the north London side last blanked against Wolves, Arteta will be hoping that his misfiring side aren’t the first to fall short.



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