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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal - Match Preview
Published : 07 Nov 2009 08:58:44
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal
Wolverhampton Wanderers play host to Arsenal at Molineux, hoping to build on a number of promising displays in recent weeks.
Mick McCarthy's side have won just twice in 11 games since their return to the top-flight, but have drawn their last three games, earning valuable points from a tough trip to Everton and a home derby clash with Aston Villa.
Most recently Wolves battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Stoke City, with veteran central defender Jody Craddock netting twice at the Britannia Stadium.
Serbia midfielder Nenad Milijas provided the assists for both of Craddock's goal and he is pushing for a starting spot against the Gunners.
Winger Michael Kightly, who is now back in action following a lengthy injury lay-off, told the Express & Star: "I don't think we need to fear anyone in this league and we've shown that over the last three games.
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"If everyone thinks we're not going to get anything from the games, that will suit us.
"When we're the underdogs, we're a dangerous animal and we can cause teams problems."
Visitors Arsenal are in fine form and just five points behind league leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.
Last time out Arsene Wenger's side demolished Spurs 3-0 in a north London derby at the Emirates Stadium, with Robin van Persie scoring twice to take his tally to six in his last five league games.
The Gunners are without the likes of Denilson and Theo Walcott due to injuries, while both Gael Clichy (back) and Nickals Bendtner (groin) have suffered setbacks this week and will be absent for some time.
However, Wenger's squad is deep enough to be able to cope with a number of absentees, with Kieran Gibbs set to fill in at left-back for Frenchman Clichy.