For the first time of the season we’ve let everyone go first and wait to watch Arsenal with the punditry Gods that are Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher providing analysis on Monday Night Football.
Other than Sky Sports, our guests at The Emirates tonight will be West Brom who, other than their 3-1 away loss to newly promoted Brighton have had a decent start to the season, seeing them sit in 10th place before kick-off.
With that and our previous game which ended 3-1 to West Brom in mind Arsene Wenger seems to be approaching this meeting more smartly than last time, saying:
“They have a way to deal with everybody with a strong defensive basis, they have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows exactly how the Premier League works and they are strong on direct transitions from defence to offence so they are a team who demand 100% concentration.”
One player we could cover well though is Kieran Gibbs who will be returning to The Emirates for first time since leaving for West Brom in the summer. On the left back Wenger said:
“It’ll be strange to see him in a different shirt because he’s a player who has been educated here from a very young age.
“I’m sure he’ll have great motivation and a huge influence at West Brom.”
Despite being wary of the threat that the Baggies hold there’s still a good chance of us taking all three points tonight as we historically play much better at home.
In our last five meetings with West Brom we’ve won all three of our home games as well as not losing at The Emirates since late January.
Along with the fact that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are closer to getting Premier League minute our September form which has seen us win every game apart from that goalless draw against Chelsea could also give us the confidence the kick on and possibly move up to 7th place and get the season onto a more normal course than it’s been on so far.