Arsenal will miss the chance to make it five consecutive Premier League wins before the new year after their game against Wolves was postponed.
Due to a combination of Covid-19 cases and injuries in the Wolves camp, the Premier League approved Bruno Lage’s side’s postponement request on the basis that they cannot meet the minimum number of players required to play.
The postponement comes at a bad time for Arsenal, with the Gunners in scintillating form of recent – a 5-0 battering of Norwich being the outcome in the last league outing where they made it four wins on the bounce in the league.
The 5-0 win over Norwich meant that Mikel Arteta’s side have scored 14 goals and conceded just one in their last four league games, with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Alexandra Lacazette all hitting top-form.
It’s the second game in a row in which Wolves have had postponed due to a Covid outbreak, after their Boxing Day clash against Watford was cancelled, with Arsenal having been one of only four teams in the Premier League who were yet to suffer from a Covid-19 postponement.
But, if the game was to have gone ahead, what could the final score have been? Could Arsenal have closed the gap to Chelsea in the top four of the Premier league?
We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for the postponed Arsenal vs Wolves game and this is what happened…
Arsenal vs Wolves score predicted by simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Arsenal could’ve set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Partey, Sambi-Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe; Lacazette.
And we predicted that Wolves could’ve set up in a 3-5-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Jimenez, Podence.
The Gunners struggled to break down Wolves’ defence in the first half, with Lacazette, Smith-Rowe and Saka relatively kept at bay by the third-best defence in the league – but the best chance fell to Odegaard after 25 minutes.
After skipping past his defender, Odegaard’s original shot was well saved by the feet of Jose Sa but bounced back into the path of the Norwegian.
Under pressure, Odegaard had a second attempt on goal, but Sa made an incredible second save as he pounced off the floor to block the effort out for a corner.
The game was shaping up to be a tough one for Arteta’ side, but Arsenal took the lead just three minutes after the restart through Thomas Partey.
The midfielder’s run from deep wasn’t tracked by Wolves and was expertly met by Odegaard’s through ball, and the Ghanaian fired a powerful effort past Sa at his near post to put the hosts ahead.
The lead didn’t last long, though, with Wolves hitting back 10 minutes later through Leander Dendoncker.
Daniel Podence’s hanging cross into the box was challenged by the Belgian as he leapt the highest in-between Gabriel and Takehiro Tomiyasu, and his header was sent past the outstretched Aaron Ramsdale and into the bottom corner to level the scoring.
Neither side could find the breakthrough goal after the equaliser, with the affair in north London finishing a point apiece.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Here are the full-time match stats:
The FIFA 22 simulation predicted that if Arsenal were to have played, the Wolves defence could’ve proved problematic for the Gunners, with the visitors potentially holding their rivals to a 1-1 draw and consequently ending their winning streak.
FIFA 22 is the latest game within EA’s popular FIFA video game franchise, which was released worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021. The game is available now on all platforms including Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Stadia and PC.
Source by Football London