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Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.
Robin van Persie delivers the ball, Kevin Doyle makes a clearance.
Robin van Persie produces a cross, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mikel Arteta from right wing, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
Aaron Ramsey produces a cross, Robin van Persie has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Wayne Hennessey is booked.
The ball is crossed by Andrey Arshavin, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.
Tomas Rosicky decides to take a short corner.
Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Marouane Chamakh goes over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Laurent Koscielny, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Marouane Chamakh replaces Johan Djourou. Kevin Doyle on for Stephen Hunt.
Aaron Ramsey delivers the ball, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Stephen Hunt challenges Johan Djourou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Thomas Vermaelen, Stephen Hunt makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Yao Gervinho, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Andrey Arshavin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.
Robin van Persie takes a shot.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Karl Henry.
Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
Nenad Milijas concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Nenad Milijas is shown a red card for serious foul play. Mikel Arteta shoots direct from the free kick, Steven Fletcher gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Aaron Ramsey.
Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker. The referee shows Adlene Guedioura a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Aaron Ramsey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Song. Adlene Guedioura replaces Anthony Forde.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. Booking for Alex Song for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nenad Milijas from right channel.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Tomas Rosicky, Per Mertesacker takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
Foul by Karl Henry on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick, save by Wayne Hennessey.
Andrey Arshavin replaces Yossi Benayoun.
Effort by Nenad Milijas from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Thomas Vermaelen is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Yao Gervinho delivers the ball, save by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
The referee cautions Thomas Vermaelen for dissent.
A cross is delivered by Laurent Koscielny, Richard Stearman gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Yao Gervinho.
The referee gives a free kick against Robin van Persie for handball. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Steven Fletcher makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Johan Djourou, clearance by Christophe Berra.
Yao Gervinho is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Robin van Persie.
Anthony Forde takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward.
Unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho by Ronald Zubar results in a free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes the indirect free kick.
Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross.
Nenad Milijas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ward on Yossi Benayoun. Johan Djourou takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Nenad Milijas. Mikel Arteta takes the indirect free kick.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in. Steven Fletcher finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton.Stephen Hunt provided the assist for the goal.
Nenad Milijas takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Johan Djourou.
Unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Robin van Persie. Roger Johnson goes into the referee's book. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, save by Wayne Hennessey.
Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Karl Henry takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Wayne Hennessey makes a clearance.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Stephen Hunt makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Robin van Persie, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Nenad Milijas, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Robin van Persie produces a cross, Ronald Zubar makes a clearance.
Nenad Milijas takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Ronald Zubar, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Karl Henry takes the indirect free kick.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
Yao Gervinho fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Yossi Benayoun.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Per Mertesacker.
Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun by Matthew Jarvis results in a free kick. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, clearance by Ronald Zubar.
Wenger hails miracle-worker McCarthy
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.
While Arsenal have their sights set firmly on the top four after bouncing back from the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City with an away win at Aston Villa, Wolves are scrapping for every point to stay clear of being dragged into a relegation battle.
Wenger has the utmost respect for the job McCarthy is overseeing at the Black Country club, under what have been testing circumstances following criticism from some sections of the Molineux faithful this season.
"Mick McCarthy is doing miracles at Wolves," Wenger said in his programme notes for the match.
"He is always ready for a fight, never gives up, keeps his steadiness and mental strength, never shows any strain.
"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."
Arsenal have won eight of their last 10 league games to turn the season around and close back to within striking distance of the top four.
The Gunners produced another impressive display to secure all three points at Villa Park last Wednesday night, with Yossi Benayoun coming off the bench to head a late winner.
The Israeli midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, has yet to start in the Premier League this season, but Wenger believes a collective team ethic runs deep within the current group.
"[The Aston Villa result] showed the importance of the squad, but also the quality of the spirit," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
"That makes a difference if you have players who come on that have a real desire to help the team.
"You always have a chance because teams have to fight so hard against us that in the last 20 minutes fresh players can have a big impact."
Arsenal head towards 2012 with their defence stretched because of injury, which could see Wenger enter the loan market when the transfer window opens again on January 1.
Swiss international defender Johan Djourou could return from a minor groin problem, while Wenger must also decide whether to rest skipper Robin van Persie, who is close to breaking the Premier League goals record for a calendar year. With 34 goals he is two short of Alan Shearer's record.
Ronald Zubar believes Wolves must repeat the determination evident in salvaging a point against Norwich in their battle for survival.
Mick McCarthy's side twice came from behind in mid-week to draw 2-2 with the Canaries at Molineux.
Right-back Zubar, who has just returned to the side after a lengthy injury lay-off, scored the second goal to cement the comeback just when Wolves were facing a second home setback in succession.
Now they face a visit to revitalised Arsenal who are back in the hunt for a Champions League spot.
Zubar said: "There won't be any pressure on us against Arsenal and we just have to see what we can do.
"There's no reason why we can't play well there and see if we can pick anything up.
"Arsenal away is always a tough game with a big pitch and a lovely stadium. I'm sure our fans are looking forward to going there.
"We've had an extra day before the game now, after it was put back, and the players have been able to have Christmas Day at home.
"But then we will be looking to go to Arsenal with a good mentality and to show something positive on the pitch.
"The last 10 minutes against Norwich showed the determination of the team and we're going to need all that in the games to come."
Zubar is delighted to be back in action after Richard Stearman's broken wrist presented an opening.
He said: "It's great to be back on the pitch and be part of the team.
"That's all any player wants. I'm enjoying it.
"For me it was just great to be back and to get my match fitness to 100%
"I've only played five games and need more to feel a lot better.
Midfielder Dave Edwards is in contention to return after a two game absence with a groin injury.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is favourite to again partner Steven Fletcher upfront after netting against Norwich when preferred to Kevin Doyle.
Hennessey heroics give Wolves point
Arsenal were left frustrated as 10-man Wolves battled to a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners, looking to go back into the top four, were ahead after just eight minutes through Gervinho.
However, Wolves, struggling at the other end of the table, rallied and levelled on 38 minutes through Steven Fletcher.
The visitors survived the second half dismissal of midfielder Nenad Milijas as keeper Wayne Hennessey denied the home side time and again.
After a bright start by Wolves, Arsenal broke quickly to take the lead on eight minutes.
Thomas Rosicky fed Yossi Benayoun, whose pass split the Wolves defence as Gervinho beat the offside trap to race clear.
The Ivory Coast frontman, set to soon be away at the African Nations Cup, waited for keeper Hennessey to commit himself, before cutting back inside and then rolling the ball into the net between the two defenders on the line.
Wolves looked in danger of being overrun, as following their positive start, the visitors were forced to defend deeper and deeper.
Gervinho darted clear again and fed Robin van Persie on the right side of the penalty area, but for once the Dutchman - chasing the record for goals in 2011 - was off target as he skewed the ball well wide of the far post.
Benayoun, on loan from Chelsea, was producing an all-action display and charged down the left - only to stumble over the ball when in the penalty area.
Van Persie continued to look for the opening, his chip headed over by Wolves defender Stephen Ward.
To their credit, Wolves had weathered the storm somewhat, only to then almost hit the self-destruct button when skipper Karl Henry lost the ball to van Persie. He fed Rosicky on the edge of the box who in turn laid a pass off to Mikel Arteta and his angled drive was blocked by Ward.
Van Persie then saw his low strike turned around the post by Hennessey.
Out of nothing, Wolves were level on 38 minutes.
Arsenal failed to clear a corner, which Stephen Hunt lobbed back in. His shot was deflected and Fletcher guided a header into the far corner.
Arsenal immediately went on the offensive, but Wolves were more confident and calmly saw their way through to half-time.
The Gunners upped the tempo after the restart, but failed to find a telling pass in the final third.
In the 57th minute, Laurent Koscielny's cross struck Christophe Berra on the arm, but referee Stuart Attwell was not interested - and instead showed a yellow card to Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen for complaining.
Arsenal had a free-kick when Gervinho was bundled over by Karl Henry 22 yards out, just left of centre.
Van Persie clipped the ball towards the top corner, with Hennessey touching it over at full stretch.
Per Mertesacker's close-range header was then scrambled clear by the busy Wolves keeper.
Rosicky swept the ball wide from 20 yards after a persistent run by Koscielny.
With tempers at boiling point, Atwell brandished his red card on 75 minutes after a studs-up sliding challenge by Milijas on Arteta.
Van Persie's shot on the turn was deflected behind as Arsenal laid siege to the Wolves goal, with substitute Andrey Arshavin then clipping the outside of the post.
Hennessey pushed away another goal-bound free-kick from van Persie, before Marouane Chamakh came on for Johan Djourou to give the Gunners another attacker in the closing five minutes.
The Morocco striker clashed heads with van Persie at a corner, which left the Arsenal skipper momentarily out of action.
Vermaelen was denied by an inspired Hennessey before Wolves held out through six minutes of stoppage time.
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