Arsenal v West Brom: Premier League preview
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back on Monday when they host West Brom at the Emirates.
Arsenal have slipped to fourth in the table following back-to-back defeats at Everton and Man City.
The Gunners now trail league leaders Chelsea by nine points, with their title ambitions hanging in the balance.
Can the Baggies spring a surprise?
Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t lost three successive Premier League matches since January 2012.
Worryingly for the Frenchman, Arsenal haven’t kept a single clean sheet in any of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Mesut Ozil is one of a number of Arsenal players to have been criticised for weak performances in the Gunners’ last two matches.
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal’s shining light
The constant shining light of Arsenal’s season has been Alexis Sanchez. No player has more goals and assists in the Premier League this season than Sanchez’s 18.
The Chilean provided the assist for Theo Walcott’s goal in last weekend’s defeat.
Monday’s opponents won’t be push overs. The Baggies have taken 13 points from a possible 21, with their only defeats in that time coming against Chelsea and Man United.
Tony Pulis’ side sit comfortably in 8th position, 11 points behind Arsenal.
Arsenal v WBA team news
Wenger confirmed this week that Danny Welbeck has re-joined full training, but it will be a while before he’s back in action.
Aaron Ramsey also returned to training following a hamstring injury. The Welshman could feature in the 18-man squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out after injuring his hamstring at the Etihad. His injury is “a question of days, rather than weeks,” Wenger said.
Gabriel is likely to continue his partnership with Laurent Koscielny at centre-back in the absence of Shkodran Mustafi, but Rob Holding will provide an alternative.
Tony Pulis hopes to have Jonny Evans back from a calf injury, while Saido Berahino could feature on the bench.
Pulis confirmed that James Morrison has had the flu and will be assessed ahead of the match.