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Pundits split over Arsenal’s progress under Mikel Arteta as they predict Wolves clash

Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign this weekend with a home fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Gunners were in Europa League group stage action on Thursday night, beating Molde 3-0 in Norway to secure qualification to the last 32 of the competition.

Mikel Arteta’s men sit 12th in the league table with 13 points from their opening nine games of the season.

Wolves are ninth – and one point better off than Arsenal going into Sunday’s showdown at the Emirates Stadium (7.15pm).

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Nuno Espirito Santo’s side drew 1-1 with Southampton at Molineux in their most recent outing on Monday night.

The Gunners had to settle for a goalless draw against Leeds United at Elland Road in their previous league game, in which Nicolas Pepe was sent off.

So, who will come out on top when Arsenal entertain Wolves?

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is predicting a 2-1 win for the home side, despite labelling them “stodgy”.

“I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but Wolves are lacking something at the moment,” said the former Liverpool defender.

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“Arsenal are a bit stodgy as well, though. I’m going with the Gunners, but Wolves could easily edge it.”

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has gone for the exact same outcome.

“Arsenal earned a point against Leeds last weekend having played most of the second half with 10-men,” said Owen in his latest BetVictor blog.

“They come into this in need of three points, however, Wolves are solid just now.

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“They’ll give anyone in the Premier League a match, and they don’t concede many goals.

“On a few occasions this season, Mikel Arteta has opted to sit in. If he decides to do that…