Wolves vs. Arsenal: 6 Keys to a Crucial Gunners Victory at Molineux

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Wolves vs. Arsenal: 6 Keys to a Crucial Gunners Victory at Molineux
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I'm not a betting man, but if I was, Arsenal would have lost me a truckload of money this season.

The Gunners' season has veered from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again, many times over. Their form has displayed the consistency of a roller coaster.

Arsenal head into this evening's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on the back of seven wins, a loss and a win again. The last two games have yielded an abject 1-2 defeat at relegation strugglers QPR, followed by a clinical and emphatic (ignore the scoreline) 1-0 victory over championship hopefuls Manchester City.

Come to think of it, these two fixtures sum up Arsenal's season quite perfectly. Brilliant one day, shocking the next.

More on the here and now, though.

With Arsenal's nearest rivals for the Champions League places, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, having just dropped points against Norwich and Fulham, respectively, this game gives Arsenal the opportunity to grab a fairly decent hold of third place.

Arsenal had that chance two weeks ago at Loftus Road and blew it. No slip-ups can be afforded against Wolves.

Quite contrary to all expectations, Newcastle have stayed the course and now see themselves very much in the mix for Champions League qualification. Allan Pardew is not my favourite person; I may not hand him the other end of a stick were he drowning in my vicinity. But I will doff my hat to what he has achieved this season.

Back in August, I couldn't have envisaged Newcastle making it to 50 points by May. That they have 59 with five games to go is quite a phenomenal achievement. The Geordies have just six points from seven games against the top four, but they have been remarkably consistent against the lesser teams.

So with three tangible rivals to contend with, Arsenal must take their A-game to the Black Country.

Wolves are comfortably in last place in the Premier League table, six points below Wigan Athletic, who are 19th. They have lost six games on the bounce and seven of their last eight. They are manager-less, and have been so for quite some time.

Put simply, they are favourites for the drop.

However, it is pertinent to note that one of the 22 points they have garnered this season was earned at the Emirates Stadium in December, when Arsenal faced an inspired Wayne Hennessey in the Wolves goal and could only draw 1-1.

No room for complacency, then.

And as we have seen a million times before, there are few teams more dangerous to come up against during the run-in than those facing the drop. QPR did Arsenal in two weeks ago; Wolves will be dying to do likewise tonight.

All said and done, this is very much a winnable game. Here are my keys for a Gunners victory.

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