Out-of-form Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to arrest their slide down the Premier League table when they welcome mid-table Arsenal to Molineux on Tuesday.
Wolves are currently on an 8-game winless run and were beaten 1-0 on Saturday by Crystal Palace to leave them 14th in the standings.
This season has been a far cry from the two consecutive 7th placed finishes Nuno Espirito Santo’s side achieved before this campaign.
Only relegation candidates Fulham are on a worse run of form in the last 5 games in terms of top flight wins.
Arsenal meanwhile have seen an upturn in fortunes following a dismal start to their 2020/21 campaign.
Their win over Chelsea on Boxing Day has been the springboard for Mikel Arteta’s side to move up the standings, where they currently sit 10th and 3 points from the Europa League spots.
A 0-0 draw with title challenging Manchester United last time out means the Gunners have now kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 games.
However, they still have a long way to go if they are to secure a European berth this season.
Wolves have had their injury problems this campaign and long term absentees Raul Jimenez and Jonny Otto are still missing.
To add further stress on boss Nuno Espirito Santo, Rayan Ait Nouri, Fernando Marcal and Roman Saiss are all injured to leave the defensive ranks thin.
Arsenal were without the influential Bukayo Saka against Manchester United due to a groin strain and the England international hasn’t trained this week so is a major doubt to face Wolves.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still dealing with a personal matter and is also unlikely to feature. Kieran Tierney and Dani Ceballos are both doubts as they struggle with knocks, but Alexandre Lacazette is likely to have shaken off a bump to the head in line with strict concussion protocol.
Wolves v Arsenal is a 6pm kick off on Tuesday, 2nd February.