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Emery insists Wolves over Cup exit and will go for Arsenal

Unai Emery believes Wolves are over their Wembley heartache and will go at Arsenal.

Wolves are yet to win since losing to Watford after extra-time in the FA Cup semi-final 17 days ago. They lost 3-1 at Southampton then drew 0-0 at home to Brighton on Saturday.

The Gunners come to Molineux in fifth spot, a point and a place below Chelsea after a shock 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Arsenal boss Emery denies Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are suffering any Cup hangover.

I don’t think so. They are going to push a lot,” he said. “I worked one thing here very quickly. We are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us, fighting and playing with a big motivation.”

Emery believes the lustre of beating Arsenal is a motivation for many teams.

Certainly playing the top-six teams has worked in Wolves’ favour this season, because they have amassed more points against those sides (13) than against the bottom six.

One is the motivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation against Arsenal,” added Emery. “Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also because it’s important to try to win against us.”

Nuno insists Wolves are ready for what Arsenal will throw at them.

We are ready to compete against all the opponents,” he said. “When we look at Arsenal, we know they are a very strong team with good players and a good manager, and it’s a tough challenge, but we are ready for it.

We are ready to play against Arsenal, not individually. The strength of Arsenal is there team, the movements, the ideas they have, they are very good.”

Wolves had 68 per cent possession against Brighton with five on-target efforts and 22 attempts on goal in a one-sided affair. Nuno insists Arsenal will present a different test and that Wolves must be more clinical.

It will be totally different – every game is a new game and nothing repeats in football.” he said. “Against Brighton, it’s difficult to explain how a team like us, how dominant we were, but weren’t able to find the net. That’s the only issue where we have to improve regarding this match.”

Emery confirmed midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss the game with a hamstring problem and Granit Xhaka (hip) is also a doubt but Sokratis Papastathopoulos is available following suspension.