Arsène is minus Lukas Podolski and one of the world’s toughest contract negotiators, Theo Walcott. Add this to other players on the physio bench such as Laurent Koscielny, Andre Santos, Abou Diaby and a continued question mark over Bacary Sagna this leaves the boss with little option but to field a a very similar side to that which played in this week’s Champions League fixture.
Wenger seems to cut a solitary figure these days and one wonders if he really is such a bad chap; in the shadow of the ‘black scarf’ protests it seems pretty clear that the mob are demanding some blood – anyone’s blood perhaps – just to reassure them that the Club gives a damn.
“The danger of our situation is the margin for error is very small, but it is also a good opportunity to show we can be consistent, and I believe we can be. Let’s not go overboard. We have 24 games to play, we are in all the competitions, how many clubs would love to [be], so it is down to us to make the season right and to turn the season around well on our side.” The Independent.
Arsenal from: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Cazorla, Rosicky, Wilshere, Arteta, Gervinho, Giroud, Mannone, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Arshavin, Djourou, Sagna.
West Brom from: Myhill, Daniels, Reid, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Jara Reyes, Popov, Ridgewell, Yacob, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, El Ghanassy, Gera, Fortune, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Long, Rosenberg.