Boss reveals latest team news ahead of West Brom

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Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

The Gunners head for an early kick-off at the Hawthorns, and after illness swept through the squad, it looks as if those who were on their sick beds – like Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi – are back in contention.

Speaking about availability for the weekend, Wenger said, “Gibbs is uncertain at the moment. Oxlade-Chamberlain has a test today [hamstring].

“Elneny has joined in again, so apart from long-term injuries we should have everyone available.

“Elneny looked like bad ankle injury, he has recovered well, he’s a strong boy and has come back quickly.”

So, as full a squad as we could hope for bar the longer-term absences, let’s hope the team can build on last weekend’s FA Cup win with a Premier League victory to take us into the Interlull.

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Gary Barlow

West Brom are going to set up to defend, so please please please do not start Coquelin.

Mr. G

The way he’s been playing for most of the season, I wouldn’t start him against anyone.

sciGunner

And Walcott

Mpls

You mean our second leading scorer and 2 goals in the last three? That Walcott?

sciGunner

Sorry did I miss his impeccable record against teams (like West brom) who sit back and defend? My bad then. If the team selection is based on overall contribution Ox, Iwobi or even Perez is ahead of him (assuming Alexis is on the left, and Giroud/Welbeck takes the striker role). I recently saw a Bundesliga segment on Serge Gnabry’s form at Werder Bremen, it left me thinking how did we let a talent like him go, while players like Walcott who go missing in most matches and still play for Arsenal. It is high time we have a world class player on the right flank (like Alexis on left, at least for now) who could contribute lot more in terms of assists and goals. Walcott is a good player unfortunately not good enough to start week in- week out for a team like Arsenal.

Gunnerer

Need to get back the fluent attacking rythm. COYG!

vital

I need another 36 points! COYG!!!!

jacksonmonkey

……………………………… <- here you are. they're free

Lord Bendtner

I zoomed in and counted them
He’s not lying, it’s 36 points, no strings attached

Theo's Wall-cot

No strings attached ha

N11gooner

I watched an interview with saido berahinho (defo spelt that wrong!) and he said he’s coming for arsenal on Saturday! Cmon boys, put the little shit in his place!

Eddy

Does he not play for Stoke now, though?

The Stig

doesnt Pulis manage Stoke?

tapps

Nobody told me he’d left Gillingham. I demand answers!

Godfrey Twatschloch

I thought Stoke managed Pulis. Right out the fucking door!

Runnings

And now here goes our unbeaten run….that’s the Arsenal for you.
Coygs.

Mootilated

unbeaten run? haven’t we won like 1 game in the past 3 weeks?

tapps

yep. But it is one in a row.

cagooner

I think Runnings means – here we go with our usual “end of season” run of good games where we scrape ourselves into top 4, above the clowns from down the road, and the feelings towards AW are positive enough that we accept his new contract signing. I think that’s what Runnings means…

Hi-brid

It’s an unbeaten walk. Or maybe an unbeaten stand still.

wizardry

So no news on Sanogo again?

Leah's Left Foot

He played most of the U23s match on Monday night. He did OK.

Pedant

Want to see a team of men again and wanting to fight to win.

Gargoyle

At this point, what are they fighting for?

ForeignGooner

Dignity.

Anonymarse

Top 4, FA cup

Marshall

I’ll like to see a front 3 of Lucas, Alexis and Theo just for the fun of it, it’s not gonna happen though. We need to get back to our early season form ASAP. COYG!

rozza

i want lucas to get a proper go in the team but it never seems to happen 🙁

Gunners 4 life

We need to get back on track come on Gunners wake up

Runzac

Pulis will play the physical game and try to kick us out of the game. That has so many times against us. For sure the ref will not protect us like M. Oliver protected Hazard against the Manure that Moureen presented monday night. Tactical brilliance from Moureen: “Hey guys lets go out there and kick the shit out of Hazard”

We have to be up for the fight.

gooner

That smile.

Always reminds me of two seasons. One where he said we could go the whole season without defeat. We failed and our rivals (man united that time) mocked us and used it to compare him to comical Ali.

We went on to win it without defeat and I still have that smiling face with the words “Arsene knows ” on a T shirt.

Nothing will ever take that away from me. Whether he stays or goes that smile will always remind me of my happiest moment as a football fan

Rohith J

If we can knock Man City off of the FA Cup, beat them in the league, do the same to Spuds and United. Then even after all this shit storm, we can still salvage something.

gloryhunter

Its the hope that kills you 🙁

Drew

I hope Elneny plays. Much prefer him to Xhaka. Also I love how he talks about Arsenal, seems like he has a real affection for the club. That is the sort of players we need in the squad, guys that really give a shit about Arsenal.

Change

I would love to see plan B from a few seasons ago. Let West Brom, have the ball, stay compact, and hit them on the counter.

A front line of Lucas, Alexis and Theo would love that tactic and it would catch West Brom off guard.

Maybe it would be fun to watch as well

Andy Mack

Unfortunately that rarely works with the smaller teams that are happy playing for a draw (and maybe a lucky 1-0 win).

beNZed

Who’s actually long-term injured currently? Can’t think of anybody?

Andy

Carzola

Godfrey Twatschloch

Is Debuchy back?

Arsepedant

Ca-ZOR-la. How many times do you have to be told?

Runzac

They sell rings to delay premature ejac… maybe there´s something that you can out on your fingers. Nothing has felt right since we lost Cazorla.

bazza-wicks

the tactics are simple WBA away nick Tony Pubis baseball cap and play 4 4 2 simples peeps dat aint gonna happen, Monaco have proven they have played 4 4 2 all season top goals scorers in the CL and domestic league

PFo

yes, because if one team play well with a certain formation, all another team has to do is play that same formation and they will play well. works every time. simples.

Chris

I hope this game doesn’t end up with Kos & Mustafi as the highest pass combination…This game is perfect for Alexis, Perez and Welbeck however, I’m sure it’ll be Alexis, Giroud, Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka, Nacho, Kos, Mus, Bellerin & Cech.

Jack

You forgot Iwobi, who Wenger will start 1001% when fit

Nordin

We need height at the back for the WB setpieces. Per & Giroud should start!
Bellerin & Gibbs for fullbacks. No Coquelin please. Xhaka & Elneny for me. Özil in the hole. With Sanchez on the left & Ox on the right.
We will have a good chance.

Man Manny

We need the 3 points like a drowning man needs air. If we play with that attitude, we’ll win. It’s time to go on our usual win-to-secure-CL-football run. Expect fantastic wins. Arsene and the boys sure know how to pull it off. Remember the season Spurs were 13 points and 2 goals up at the Emirates. We turned it around with 5 goals and went on to overhaul them. Arsene knows!

Phil sadler

Team for me needs to be cech
Bellerin, Koschienly,Mustifi,Monreal
Ramsey,Ox,Xahka
Walcott,Sanchez,Welbeck

Pace good passing and hopefully lots of goals.

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