Things haven’t quite gone Arsene Wenger’s way ever since he renewed his contract to stay with the Gunners. Arsenal did not have a completely convincing transfer window as they more or less failed to land their favoured transfer targets.
They lost to Liverpool in a devastating 4-0 demolition and were held to a goalless draw against Chelsea last weekend. They sit in the 12th position with seven points from five games. They get ready to face Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion tonight and Arsene Wenger might have to make some key changes in the attack.
Danny Welbeck is out with a groin strain and will not be back until after October’s international break. Players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are eyeing a starting spot and Arsenal might have a full-fledged attack to field against the Baggies.
GK: Petr Cech
Arsene Wenger will stick with the veteran between the posts. He had a good game against Chelsea and managed to keep a clean sheet.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
The centre-back is a guaranteed starter as the manager has the faith in him to lead the backline well. He is strong with the ball and a powerful presence inside the box.
CB: Shkodran Mustafi
Mustafi will look forward to continuing his decent form and deny West Brom from having any advantage. He will have to maintain his focus and concentration throughout the game.
CB: Nacho Monreal
Monreal does well to hold onto the ball and is a tireless worker at the back. His ball interception skills help the team to start the counter as he allows Arsenal to win back possession and keep it.
RWB: Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin has the potential to become an excellent wingback as his sheer pace makes it difficult for the opposition to track him.
LWB: Sead Kolasinac
The new acquisition is kind of opposite to Hector Bellerin as he concentrates on his defensive aspect of the game rather than the offensive part.
But he can easily venture forward when the need arises and Arsenal fans will want to see that aspect of his game more.
CM: Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka is a vital cog at the centre of the pitch for Arsenal as his passing and ability to win the ball back continuously is very useful.
He is strong in the air and orchestrates the attack from the middle of the park.
CM: Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey’s constant urge to participate in attacks and move forward is very important from Arsenal’s perspective.
He might have to help the defence regularly to avoid Arsenal from conceding goals, though.
AM: Mesut Ozil
Ozil is back from his knee trouble and has been training for a couple of days. The German’s eye for goal and ability to create chances out of nowhere is of immense importance.
Mesut Ozil’s absence in the last match meant that Arsenal were unable to make inroads into the box and they failed to score even a single goal.
AM: Alexis Sanchez
His immense work ethic combined with the ability to constantly search for a goal made him a fan favourite at the Emirates. He will look to win back the trust again.
Along with Ozil and Lacazette, he will hope to get Arsenal back to the winning ways.
ST: Alexandre Lacazette
Arsenal’s most important summer signing has shown some indications that he might be settling down in the Premier League. The French striker has scored two goals in five appearances but will be more potent when Ozil and Sanchez play together with him.