What Mikel Arteta expects to see from Arsenal vs Wolves after recent struggles

Mikel Arteta wants to set his Arsenal players free as they bid to make the Emirates a fortress again tomorrow.

The Gunners boss wants to see the same kind of freedom and adventure against Wolves that his side have shown tearing up the Europa League.

Arsenal beat Molde Thursday night to reach the knockout stage and make it four wins from four games in Europe, with 12 goals scored.

But they haven’t won, or scored, in their last two Premier League games, and have lost their last two in a row in their own back yard, to Aston Villa and Leicester.

Arteta said: “After the disappointing last two results that we had at home, we have to put that right. We have to make the Emirates a fortress.

“We need a win on Sunday for sure. We’ve been competing in all the games apart from the last 25 minutes against Aston Villa.

“At the end the boxes are defining what we do in games. And it’s true that in the opposition box we haven’t been as ruthless and resilient as we have to be.

“We have paid for that with some results. In the Europa League we find ourselves with more flow and more creativity in the final third

“I would say we have more: ‘Let’s go for it, and let’s express ourselves’. Obviously the opponent is not the same but it’s something to look at.

“We try to encourage them to play with that freedom. That is something we obviously have to improve, and we are trying to improve.”

Arsenal’s flight home from Norway was cancelled on Thursday night due to fog, giving them less time to prepare for Wolves.

And Arteta is expecting a tough test against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men despite their recent run of one win on four.

The Gunners boss said: “They are one of the most consistent teams in the league. They have had good results in recent years. The manager has been there a long time.

“They have recruited in a really intelligent way. A really solid team, really hard to break, with some talent as well. We know it’s a team who’s hard to beat.”

David Luiz came off against Molde as a precaution and may not be risked, but Bukayo Saka (bruised leg) and Willian (calf) are expected to return.

Thomas Partey is still rehabbing a thigh problem, while Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac are unlikely to be available after positive Coronavirus tests.

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