Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal to expect a footballing test when miracle-worker Mick McCarthy brings his battling Wolves side to Emirates Stadium
The Gunners had an extra 24 hours to prepare for the game following the decision to put the fixture back from Boxing Day because of industrial action by some London Underground staff.
"Mick McCarthy is doing miracles at Wolves," Wenger said in his programme notes. "He is always ready for a fight, never gives up, keeps his steadiness and mental strength, never shows any strain."
He added: "It is great what he does for his club. I believe they play extremely good football as well."
Wenger had been impressed by McCarthy's determination.
"It demands special strength from the manager to fight until the last day with the uncertainty sometimes whether you will stay up," the Arsenal boss said.
"A manager needs to be cool-blooded, strong, resilient and Mick McCarthy has all of these qualities."