Arsenal team news ahead of Wolves

Arsenal return from Norway to host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates on Sunday night.

Mikel Arteta made wholesale changes to our starting lineup for our trip to Molde in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night with this weekend’s game in mind.

We have been hit by a number of injuries in defence and starting midfield to start our 2020-21 campaign and there’s not much improvement ahead of tomorrow’s game too.

Nicolas Pepe will serve the first of his three-match ban following his dismissal versus Leeds United in our last Premier League outing.

Bukayo Saka picked up a leg injury in that match but has since returned to full training. However, the England international’s availability this weekend is still to be decided.

Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac had both been available for our trip to Norway after testing positive for Covid-19 whilst away with Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the international break earlier this month.

However, Elneny is back in full training and available to face Wolves. Kolasinac is not but Kieran Tierney is our first choice left-sided defender anyway.

Big summer signing Thomas Partey has not had many opportunities to prove himself yet and Sunday night’s game won’t change that as the Ghana international is yet to return to full training after picking up a thigh strain versus Aston Villa three weeks ago.

Pablo Mari has been out with an ankle ligament injury picked up away to Manchester City back in June. The Spanish centre-back played 45 minutes for the under-23s on Friday night as he nears his return. This game will come too soon though.

Gabriel Martinelli suffered a knee injury back in June but is starting to get back into tram training. This game will also come too soon but the Brazilian should be available next month