Match Preview: Arsenal vs West Brom
Arsene Wenger faces his old foe Tony Pulis as Arsenal play West Brom on Monday night.
Tony Pulis’ sides rarely have as impressive a record in north London as they do when they host Arsenal but if they can repeat the physicality that secured them a 3-1 win at the Hawthorns in March. Going further back, Arsenal have won seven of the last eight meetings at the Emirates Stadium either side of a 3-2 defeat in 2010 when Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas scored for Roberto Di Matteo’s visitors.
Date: 25th September, 2017 (UK).
Time: 8:00pm (BST), 12:30am (IST)(Next Day).
Venue: Emirates Stadium.
Referee: Bobby Madley.
Arsenal: Wenger will make a late check on Mesut Ozil who has missed the last two games with a knee inflammation injury. Sanchez is in line to replace injured Danny Welbeck in the side, the latter ruled out until after October’s international break with a groin strain. Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers is out for a similar amount of time after sustaining a hip problem against Doncaster.
Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette
West Brom: West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record on Monday. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs’ record if he features at the Emirates. Pulis has a number of doubts in his midfield, with Nacer Chadli (knock) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) among those who will require fitness tests. Former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is likely to start at left-back but Jake Livermore is a doubt after the Albion manager gave him time off.
West Brom starting XI: Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs; Krychowiak, Barry; Brunt, Morrison, Phillips; Rodriguez
Arsenal have won each of their last six Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium versus West Bromwich Albion, conceding just one goal in these games.
West Brom won the last league clash between these two clubs; 3-1 at the Hawthorns in March. They haven’t won successive league matches against the Gunners since March 1977.
This will be the 10th time that Pulis has managed a team at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League – he’s lost every one of the previous nine there with a combined score of 20-3.
The Gunners have now won seven successive Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium; their second-best winning run at the stadium in the competition after a nine-match winning streak between December 2014 and April 2015.
Alexandre Lacazette has scored in both of his Premier League appearances at the Emirates Stadium so far – no Arsenal player has scored in their opening three appearances at home in the competition.
The last Arsenal player to score in their first three home league appearances for the club was Brian Marwood in September 1988.