Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers – July 4th, 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as Wolves, is based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. Formed as St. Luke’s FC in 1877, the club has played at Molineux Stadium since 1889 and competes in the Premier League, the top division of English football, after winning the 2017–18 EFL Championship. Wolves also compete in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League: this is the first time the club has qualified for a European tournament for 39 years, by virtue of finishing in seventh place in the 2018–19 Premier League, their first season in the top tier since the 2011–12 season.
Wolves was one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. The club in 2019–20 is enjoying its 65th season of top flight football; Wolves’ longest continuous period in the top tier was 26 consecutive seasons in the 33 years between 1932 and 1965. In the 1950s, Wolves were English League champions three times (1953–54, 1957–58 and 1958–59), under the management of Stan Cullis. Wolves have also finished League runners-up on five occasions, most recently in 1959–60.
Wolves have won the FA Cup four times, most recently in 1960, and finished runners-up on a further four occasions. The club has also won the Football League Cup twice, in 1974 and 1980.
In 1953, Wolves was one of the first British clubs to install floodlights, taking part in televised “floodlit friendlies” against leading overseas club sides between 1953 and 1956 in the run-up to the creation of the European Cup in 1955 and the first participation of an English club side in that competition in 1956. Wolves reached the quarter-finals of the 1959–60 European Cup and the semi-finals of the 1960–61 European Cup Winners’ Cup, and were runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in the inaugural UEFA Cup Final in 1972.
Wolves’ traditional kit consists of old gold shirts and socks and black shorts. Since 1979 the kit has also featured the club’s “wolf’s head” badge. Wolves have long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs, the main one being with West Bromwich Albion, against whom they contest the Black Country derby, although the two clubs have not met since 2011–12, the last time they competed in the same division.
On September 24, 1904 Arsenal played their first Division 1 game it was a home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and was also the day we scored our first ever top flight goal.
Charlie Satterthwaite holds the honour of scoring Arsenal’s first ever goal in the First Division. The striker had a keen eye for goal during his six-year spell with the Club and scored 48 times in 141 appearances. Satterthwaite made history on September 24, 1904 with the opening strike in a 2-0 victory over Wolves – Arsenal’s first goal and victory of their maiden campaign in the top flight of English football. He had joined five months earlier from West Ham and made his debut on the opening day of the 1904/05 campaign in a 3-0 loss to Newcastle. Satterthwaite finished as the team’s top goal scorer that year and also in 1906/07 (with 19 goals) before retiring in 1910 at the age of 33. His younger brother Joe also played for Arsenal, which made them the first siblings to achieve the feat.
So we managed to beat Wolves in our second game in League Division 1 – 116 years ago, the big question is – can we beat the 2020 version of Wolves at a crowd-less Molineux Stadium?
They are an extremely well managed and disciplined team under the tutelage of manager Nuno Espírito Santo and are currently one place above us in the Premier League and six points ahead of us.
This is the first of four very tough games against Wolves, Leicester, Spurs and Liverpool, only an extreme optimist can see us coming out of these games with more than 50% of the points – so being more of a realist my forecast will be D, W, D, L.
We have an excellent away record against Wolves losing only once in our last visit.
|Arsenal v Wolves – EPL Away Games|
Overall our historic away record against Wolves is very even with Arsenal ahead by just one victory.
|Arsenal v Wolves – All Away Games|
TA’s team to make the Wolves howl with fear:
Wolves are excellent in midfield so we need to man up in that area. I would add Saka to it and so play with five there. Saka to play mainly in the hole and Ceballos to stay with Xhaka as much as required. Playing both Auba and Eddie upfront, with a license to roam and confuse the Wolves’ defence as much as possible, would give our midfielders plenty of options. Big day for Bellerin. Big day for Kola. This could be THE DAY for Saka!