Three home victories in three different competitions including a decent goalless draw away at Chelsea has steadied the Gunners ship that was heading towards familiar troubled waters following the disappointing 4-0 loss at Anfield Stadium.
Already nine points below high flying Manchester-based teams, the Arsenal boss knows he cannot afford a slip-up against the baggies tonight, who embarrassed them at the Hawthorns last term, capitalising on some poor defending from set-pieces.
The French tactician has reinforced his team since then, with the Gunners attempting to balance the rigours of playing in four different competitions and he will have to work on his squad once again with the team facing three games in six days.
After several defensive experimentations, Arsene last weekend paraded a solid backline at Stamford Bridge, with the trio of Laurent Koscielny, German Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal nullifying Chelsea’s attack which thrashed Stoke City a week after. The same backline should do the job against West Brom tonight.
New fans favourite Sead Kolasinac and Bellerin, are automatic selections in the right and left wing-back positions.
Jack Wilshere’s return to training gives Wenger an alternative option to Granit Xhaka and Egyptian Mohamed Elneny, but the Arsenal boss is likely to keep the England international for the UEFA Europa League encounter against Bate Borisov on Thursday.
Xhaka, after being criticized following his performance at Anfield Stadium, bounced back at the Bridge against Spaniard Cesc Fabregas, Frenchman N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko at Stamford Broidge.
It seems Aaron Ramsey is slowly returning to the brilliant form of 2013/14 season when he was among the English Premier League’s best midfielders.
Ramsey was voted man of the match last weekend and will hope get on the scoresheet having gone five matches without scoring.
Danny Welbeck’s injury has handed Arsene Wenger the chance to finally unleash his £130million strike force. Welbeck is likely to be replaced by Mesut Ozil along with Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette upfront.