After back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, Arsenal now have a chance to pick up a win against Championship side West Brom in the Carabao Cup tonight.
Unlike Arsenal, the Baggies are unbeaten in the league since the start of the season. Knowing how poor we’ve been, West Brom would love to inflict more pain on us, but Mikel Arteta simply cannot afford to lose to a Championship side.
We expect the Arsenal boss to name a strong lineup tonight.
Predicted Arsenal XI vs West Brom
Aaron Ramsdale became our most expensive goalkeeper ever last week and we expect him to make his debut. All eyes will be on the Englishman and if he can impress, all the negativity around him will go away.
With Ben White, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Magalhaes all expected to miss the game tonight, we expect a back-four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and a first Gunners start for young Nuno Tavares at left-back.
In midfield, Mohamed Elneny will likely come in for Albert Sambi Lokonga, who deserves a break after two fantastic performances. We think Granit Xhaka will keep his place in the side, mainly due to our lack of options.
Martin Odegaard has joined the club on a permanent deal and problems with his VISA have been solved. He has full clearance to play for us now and we expect him to start in the number 10 role later tonight.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked sharp when he came on against Chelsea and he is likely to start on the left. Alexandre Lacazette has also returned to full training and we expect him to come straight back into the team as well.
The right-wing is a tricky one for Arteta. Nicolas Pepe has played both games and is unlikely to start again. Bukayo Saka looked knackered against Chelsea and it’s not a wise decision to play him again, especially as we need him against Manchester City on Saturday.
As a result, we expect Reiss Nelson to get a shock start on the right. The Englishman has never got regular game time at Arsenal, but if he gets a chance tonight and delivers, he could make his way into Arteta’s plans for this season.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will lineup against West Brom tonight: