Arsenal vs West Brom
Competition: Premier League
Kick-off: 8:00pm BST, Monday, September 25th.
Location: Emirates Stadium
Referee: Bobby Madley
Mesut Ozil is in contention to return to the Arsenal team for the match.
The Germany midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Doncaster.
Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem.
West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record on Monday.
The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs’ record if he features at the Emirates.
Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis.
- West Brom won the last league clash between these two clubs; 3-1 at The Hawthorns in March. They haven’t won successive league matches against the Gunners since March 1977.
- The Baggies have suffered nine defeats away to Arsenal in the Premier League, a joint-high for them in the competition alongside away defeats to Chelsea.
- West Bromwich Albion have won just five of their last 35 Premier League away matches (W5 D14 L16).
- This will be the 10th time that Pulis has managed a team at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League – he’s lost every one of the previous nine there with a combined score of 20-3.
- The Gunners have now won seven successive Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium; their second-best winning run at the stadium in the competition after a nine-match winning streak between December 2014 and April 2015.
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored in both of his Premier League appearances at the Emirates Stadium so far – no Arsenal player has scored in their opening three appearances at home in the competition.
- The last Arsenal player to score in their first three home league appearances for the club was Brian Marwood in September 1988.