The big six took a major shellacking in the League Cup 3rd round yesterday, and Arsenal was very much a part of that. Someone had to get eliminated, in the all-big six matchup of Manchester City-Chelsea, and it was the latter of the two who bowed out. As for the Gunners, they fell to a smaller club, as did Tottenham, with Liverpool needing penalties to escape against a lower division side. Even Everton, a historical big five, during the pre-Premier League era, lost to a smaller club.
I guess the Carabao Cup isn’t a huge priority right now (or really any time for that matter). Who knew, right? (well, everybody). Arsenal remain top of the table in the Premier League, and they’ll travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers, a relegation fodder side, on Saturday.
Arsenal at Wolves FYIs
Kickoff: 7:45pm Saturday Nov 12, Molineux Stadium
PL Position: Wolves 19th, 10 pts Arsenal 1st, 34pts
PL Form: Wolves LDLLW Arsenal WWDWW
Odds: Wolves +475 Arsenal -186 Draw +325
Google Result Probability: Wolves 15% Arsenal 63% Draw 22%
Nothing new to report on this front, at all. Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu remain sidelined. Let’s just seriously get to the World Cup already! C’mon man!
Arsenal Starting XI Prediction
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Prediction: Arsenal 2, Wolves 0
Look for the Gunners to rebound from Wednesday and roll, just roll in this one, as we head to the break.
Paul M. Banks is the Owner/Manager of The Sports Bank and author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America,” as well as “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry.”Follow paulmbanks