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Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal host Wolves at the Emirates Stadium to kick off Tuesday”s action.

Mick McCarthy”s team sit just one place above the bottom three and will need to be at their best to take anything away from a Gunners side that have won six of their last seven home matches in the league.

ARSENAL 1 WOLVES 1

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Benayoun, Gervinho, Van Persie.

Subs: Almunia, Miquel, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh.

WOLVES: Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Forde, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Hunt, Fletcher.

Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Hammill, Guedioura, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Refeere: Stuart Attwell

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4.02pm: The second-half begins with Wolves getting us underway from right to left. It”s 27 years since Wolves last scored at Arsenal and over 30 years since they last won a point as the visiting side against Arsenal. John Richards on target for Wolves on December 6, 1980… the final score that winter day 1-1.

3.47pm: HALF-TIME and Wolves go into the break the happier of the two teams after Steven Fletcher”s header gets them back in the game following Gervinho”s eight-minute opener.

Arsenal not quite clinical enough in front of goal, failing to impose themselves despite their domination.

Wolves, set-up with men behind the ball and looking to break through their wingers, do well to get back into the game and they”ll be an interesting 45 minutes in store when the sides return from the interval.

3.45pm: More groans as Wolves pinch the ball from Arteta. Jarvis, who has been excellent so far, fails to get his delivery over.

3.44pm: Arteta goes to shoot but the Spaniard turns it back to Djourou frustrating the home fans. They want the ball at the feet of Van Persie who has been marginalised so far.

Two minutes of stoppage time.

3.42pm: Wolves break through Zubar on the right but his deflected cross is cleared. Milijas is warned by Attwell afterwards for his trip on Benayoun. Again, very good refereeing.

Heads up: Steven Fletcher equalises with his swooping header for Wolves

Heads up: Steven Fletcher equalises with his swooping header for Wolves

3.38pm: A slightly fortuitous equaliser but Wolves are on level terms nonetheless, silencing the home supporters. Arsenal made to pay for a mistake by Djourou, punished by Fletcher who swooped in.

3.37pm: GOAL!!! It”s one-apiece and another good call from the officials after Steven Fletcher heads beyond Szczesny for the equaliser.

3.34pm: It”s been all Arsenal but as long as the scoreline stays this way going into the break, Wolves will maintain hope that they can get a result.

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3.31pm: Yellow card for Roger Johnson just outside the box. Berra was covering but his partner goes into the book after hauling an advancing Van Persie. Arteta lines-up the free-kick but it”s comfortably caught by the Wolves keeper. Poor effort.

3.29pm: So nearly 2-0 moments after but a magnificent save from Hennessey denies Van Persie”s left-foot poke.

3.28pm: Karl Henry almost made to pay for his dalliance in front of his penaltyarea. Rosicky robs him but Arteta”s effort is intercepted by Johnson.

3.27pm: Clever play from Van Persie and Rosicky, including neat flicks but no end product as the ball creeps out of play.

3.26pm: Zubar bravely pushes forward to win the ball but Hunt thunders over the crossbar. the full-back will step off for treatment after taking a knock there.

3.25pm: Song, back today from suspension, showboats in the middle of the park and loses the ball to Forde, who wins the throw-in.

3.23pm: Wolves clear their lines but Arsenal regain possession. Rosicky comes forward to play with Arteta, always looking for Van Persie who is being closely guarded by Berra and Johnson.

3.22pm: Van Persie and Gervinho exchange on the outside of the box. The Dutchman drags the ball delicately onto his right from his left before Ward heads out for a corner.

3.20pm: McCarthy barks instructions from the technical area. His side have pressed forward well but looked limited with one up front. Arsenal are patiently waiting to hit the visitors on the counter. Good start so far.

He shoots he scores: Gervinho shapes up for his goal

He shoots he scores: Gervinho shapes up for his goal

3.18pm: Wolves desperate to get back into this one and are finding some joy on the flanks. Jarvis, Hunt and Forde linking well before a Milijas corner is cleared from danger.

3.16pm: Better from Wolves with Mertesacker forced to concede a corner after pressure from the lone striker Fletcher.

3.15pm: Gervinho neatly plays Van Persie through but the Dutchman rushes his shot and strikes it just beyond the post. He had time but was unaware that Johnson had slipped behind him

3.14pm: Nice exchange between Vermaelen and Benayoun, The Belgian played the ball wide and sprinted forward before Johnson blocked the defender”s shot.

3.12pm: Wolves manage to break Arsenal”s possession. The Gunners played a succession of passes before losing the ball after almost two minutes. Like the Arsenal of old but captain Van Persie is yet to really get going.

3.11pm: So it”s now 15 Premier League games without a clean sheet for Wolves, who have lost their last six league visits to London and failed to score in their last four… the way things are going it doesn”t look like improving today.

All smiles: Gervinho celebrates his opening goal for Arsenal at the Emirates

All smiles: Gervinho celebrates his opening goal for Arsenal at the Emirates

3.08pm: GOAL!!! Gervinho puts Arsenal in front after beating Zubar before rounding Hennessey. A supremely cool finish from the Ivorian who did so well to beat to offside trap.

3.06pm: Fine ball from Stephen Ward gifts Matt Jarvis a wonderful opportunity for Wolves but the winger is brilliantly denied by Per Mertesacker who managed to get in a crucial block.

3.05pm: A shaky start from the visitors who are struggling to keep hold of the ball but the hosts are yet to capitalise on this lively start

3.04pm: Gervinho twists and turns but he over-runs the ball out for a goal kick after being handed possession cheaply by Ronald Zubar.

3.02pm: The Gunners look to push forward as Beanyoun probes the Wolves defence. Matt Jarvis brings down the Israeli for a free-kick.

3.01pm: A first minute corner from Mikel Arteta after Gervinho”s searching ball breaks through. Wolves clear through their skipper Johnson.

Man of the moment: Robin van Persie keeps close control of the ball

Man of the moment: Robin van Persie keeps close control of the ball

3pm: Stuart Attwell”s whistle gets us underway with Arsenal getting things started on this grey and dismal afternoon in the capital.

2.58pm: Robin van Persie introduces his Gunners team-mate to the Wolves team. The spotlight is on the Dutchman as he goes in search of a Premier League goal record. Three more will see him break Alan Shearer”s record of 34 in a calendar year and he”ll fancy his chances against a Wolves side who have not kept a clean sheet in 14 league games.

2.56pm: The teams are in the tunnel, we”re almost underway here at the Emirates. Arsenal, the favourites, can go fourth with a win while Wolves will be hoping to climb further up the table towards safety.

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2.50pm: Ten minutes to kick-off, the teams are heading back into the dressing rooms for a final pep talk. A bumper crowd here at the Emirates, we”ll have full attendance figures later.

2.42pm: There is one Henry on the pitch today… sadly, it”s not the Frenchman who scored 174 Premier League goals.

Karl Henry (nicknamed by some fans as “Horrid Henry” for his non-nonsense tackling) is certain to make his stamp on the game for Wolves.

2.34pm: Thierry Henry watches on again from the stands today but how Arsenal fans would love to see their idol make a return in January…

Shake on it: Alex Song and Robin van Persie greet club legend Thierry Henry in the tunnel

Shake on it: Alex Song and Robin van Persie greet club legend Thierry Henry in the tunnel

2.24pm: McCarthy is unsurprisingly fielding a defensive line-up to begin at the Emirates but gambles on youngster Forde. With Kevin Doyle and fellow striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to call from on the bench, the Wolves boss does have the option to switch-up, if need be.

2.22pm: YossiBenayoun, who headed Arsenal”s winner late on at Aston Villa last week,starts in place of Theo Walcott for the Gunners. The England international is out with a stomach illness… too much Christmas pudding, perhaps

2.20pm: Wolveswelcome 18-year-old Irish teenager Anthony Forde into their starting XIfor the first time this season in what is the young winger”s second Premier League appearance.

2.14pm: WOLVES STARTING XI – Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Forde, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Hunt, Fletcher.

Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Hammill, Guedioura, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Today”s referee is Stuart Atwell.. Yes, the infamous “ghost-goal” ref…

2.09pm: So,four changes for Arsenal with a defensive boost for manager Arsene Wenger as Johan Djourou returns to the back four ahead of schedule from agroin injury and midfielder Alex Song back from a ban.

2.05pm: ARSENAL STARTING XI – Szczesny, Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Benayoun, Gervinho, Van Persie.

Subs: Almunia, Miquel, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh.

2pm: Good afternoon and a warm welcome to those joining us. After yesterday”s thoroughly entertaining round of Boxing Day fixtures we begin the first of three more festive fixtures at the Emirates where Arsenal host Wolves in their rearranged clash.

Wolves fans were offered a full refund last week after the Gunners were forced to postpone the match by 24 hours due to the disruptive London Tube strike. Mick McCarthy will be hoping that the Wolves supporters who do show in north London won”t be asking for their money back come 4.50pm, mind you…

McCarthy”s men face a tough task indeed at Arsenal this afternoon. Arsene Wenger”s men have conceded just five goals at home this term – only Swansea (two) and Manchester City (four) have let in more – and have Robin van Persie looking to beat Alan Shearer”s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year. The deadly Dutchman is currently on 34.


The visitors haven”t won on their travels in the league in their last seven attempts, with their last away win coming on the opening day of the season at fellow strugglers Blackburn.

Victory for 17th-placed Wolves would be massive, dragging them one place in the table. A win for Arsenal, however, will put the hosts 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and champions United thus keeping their title ambitions alive.

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Head-to-head: Robin van Persie and Stephen Hunt collide in today

Head-to-head: Robin van Persie and Stephen Hunt collide in today”s clash at the Emirates