Sunday, 25 December 2016

ARSENAL TEAM NEWS:- INJURIES AND LINE-UP VS WEST BROM

Everything you require to ken ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day.

Arsene Wenger and Tony Pulis will lock horns once again when Arsenal play West Brom at Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day.
The two managers have a history of heated touchline disputes albeit Pulis admitted last season that they now have a "better relationship" than afore.
Two consecutive defeats in the Premier League have optically discerned Wenger's side go from top of the pile to nine points behind Chelsea in less than a fortnight and Pulis will be confident of getting something out of the game in north London.
Wenger verbalized about the recent reproval of Mesut Ozil in his pre-match press conference and backed him to respond on the pitch.
“I don’t give him any leeway when the team doesn’t have possession,” said Wenger.

“He has to do his job like everybody else and usually he does it well.
“We have to respond. Mesut Ozil is an important player, a big player, and the big players always respond to criticism on the pitch.”

ARSENAL INJURIES UPDATE:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of the game through injury but Wenger attested that his absence will be a matter of days, not weeks. Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck both returned to full training ahead of Sunday's match albeit it is liable to come too anon for both of them.
 German defender Shkodran Mustafi is out until early January while Santi Cazorla and Mathieu Debuchy are still on the sidelines.

ARSENAL PREDICTED STARTING LINE UP:

The central midfield partnership of Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin struggled to get a handle on the match at Manchester City last week but with Ramsey still out it seems unlikely that Wenger will disrupt the duo.
Alex Iwobi is expected to commence in lieu of the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain against West Brom, albeit Lucas Perez could be involved with another game against Crystal Palace coming up in expeditious succession.
Theo Walcott will continue on the right hand side after netting six of his eight goals this season at Emirates Stadium. He's started all 16 Premier League matches he has been available for this season.

MATCH FACTS


1. Arsenal are the only team to have lost three Premier League matches that they have been leading in so far this season. In 2015-16, they only lost twice in this manner all season.
2.The last time West Brom played Arsenal on Boxing Day was in 2002 - going 1-0 up before losing 2-1 to the Gunners.
3.Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 18 goals in 17 Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season (12 goals, 6 assists); one more than he managed in 30 league appearances last season (17 - 13 goals, 4 assists).
4.The Gunners haven't lost three succssive Premier League matches since January 2012. This is also the last time that they lost as many as three league games in the same month.
5.Arsenal are the only team to have lost three Premier League matches that they have been leading in so far this season. In 2015-16, they only lost twice in this manner all season.



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