Arsenal will be entertaining West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League in a clash that is so important to us, with the squad hoping to get back to winning ways after back to back defeats which has seen us tumble from the top of the league, down to fourth spot.
Arsene Wenger’s men are currently 1 point ahead of Tottenham and it’s likely they get leapfrogged by Spurs if anything other than a win is registered on Boxing Day, against a West Brom side, hard to break down who are currently riding high in eighth spot.
Petr Cech should start in goal, barring any last minute injury, he has not been in his best of form over recent matches, but should raise his game for the clash against West Brom.
Shkodran Mustafi is currently out injured and he will be out of Monday’s clash against West Brom, Arsene Wenger has said the new year for a return. Mustafi is our talisman and we have amazingly lost every game he’s missed this season (four).
Nacho Monreal should start, while the partnership of Gabriel and Koscielny should continue, Kos has been fortunate not to get injured since the opening match which was against Liverpool, despite riding his luck in the game against PSG. Hector Bellerin is expected to also start following his return from injury.
Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin should partner in the midfield against West Brom, as the club’s highest goalscorer will be playing on the free role.
It’s likely Alexis Sanchez won’t lead us up front as he has looked tired in recent games, despite notching 12 goals in 17 games. The former Barcelona attacker is perhaps looking like he might be rested, and I personally think he will be useful as an option from the bench on Sunday.
Olivier Giroud who has been limited to the bench by Sanchez, is likely to start up front behind Mesut Ozil who will be continue to playing the free role. The France international has looked fed up under Wenger and there were some rumours that Giroud was on the verge of departing from the Emirates, these have since been denied by his agent.
Alex Iwobi has been preferred by Wenger since the opening match against Liverpool and he’s expected to play on the wing with England attacker Theo Walcott on the other flank. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be missing after picking up an injury against Manchester City last weekend.