Arsenal opened their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a narrow win over Leicester City, but the Gunners then lost back-to-back away league games to Stoke City and Liverpool without scoring.
At that point, it appeared to be more of the same for the Gunners, who were battling to keep hold of a certain Alexis Sanchez. All was not well in the early weeks of the season, but the London club do appear to have turned a corner over the last couple of weeks.
Indeed, they have won three of their last four matches across three separate competitions – beating Bournemouth and drawing with Chelsea in the league, in addition to wins over FC Koln and Doncaster Rovers in the Europa League and EFL Cup respectively.
It would be fair to say that the two cup competitions currently in play are not high on Arsenal’s list of priorities, but the Gunners were well worth their point against Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
A draw at the home of the Blues was a big step in the right direction, and although Arsenal are currently down in 12th position in the table, Wenger’s side will face West Brom, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford in their next three Premier League matches.
There is still a lot of work to do if Arsenal are to enjoy a successful 2017-18 campaign, but a strong win over West Brom on Monday night would certainly be another step in the right direction.
Arsenal will be without the services of Danny Welbeck for the next three weeks after the England international picked up a groin problem against Chelsea last weekend.
Mesut Ozil, however, is available for the Gunners after recovering from the problem that forced him out of the clash at Stamford Bridge, and he could start alongside Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette in the final third.
Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have also been passed fit, although Calum Chambers is unavailable after picking up a hip injury in the EFL Cup clash with Doncaster on Wednesday night.
As for West Brom, Jake Livermore is expected to return after his mini-break, while it will be a special occasion for Gareth Barry as the midfielder is set to become the Premier League’s all-time leading appearance maker on 633.
Salomon Rondon is also pushing for a spot in Pulis’s XI, which could see Jay Rodriguez switch to a wide position.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Cech; Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Lacazette, Ozil