Saturday 25 January 2020

Nuno holds Gunners fire

Sporting Braga v Wolves (BT Sport2, 5.55)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refused to discuss any links to Arsenal and insisted it would be disrespectful to Unai Emery.

The 45-year-old has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite to replace under-pressure Gunners manager Emery at the Emirates Stadium.

Nuno has taken Wolves from the Championship to the Europa League since being appointed in May 2017.

Wolves sit fifth in the Premier League, a point ahead of Arsenal, and have lost once in their last 13 games in all competitions.

"You know me well enough and you know I'm not going to answer that," he said, ahead of tonight's Europa League match in Braga.

"I wouldn't ever mention an issue which is not a reality, mainly as speaking about a job which has a manager would be disrespectful and I will not do so.

"We are doing OK, there is a lot of room to improve, it requires a lot of work but this is what we have been doing since day one when we started in the Championship."

Wolves are a point behind Group K leaders Braga and a draw would take both teams into the final 32.

"The approach is always the same," added Nuno. "Compete well, pay attention to all the details we have. We know we are going to face a good manager with good players."

Ryan Bennett (groin), Morgan Gibbs-White (back) and Willy Boly (fractured leg) have not travelled to Portugal.

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