Arsenal have received major injury boosts as play resumes after the last international break. The squad had a couple of injuries prior to the break and some of them have recovered and will be available for selection when the Gunners take on West Bromwich Albion by weekend. The London club headed into the break top of the League alongside Manchester City and would be willing to maintain the position and possibly lead the Citizens on goals’ difference afterwards. With almost the first team members available for selection, here is how Arsenal could lineup against West Brom.
While David Ospina is now fully fit over the 2-week international break, Petr Cech will no doubt retain his spot in-between the sticks as the number 1 goalie.
Hector Bellerin is back in full training and will likely return to the right back position ahead of Mathieu Debuchy for weekend’s clash. Monreal remains on the left back as he has had no injury concerns. Koscielny hasn’t been declared 100% fit as the coach has said he would still have to talk to the French defender to see if he’s completely recovered and focused for the game. In his absence, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista will serve as the central halves.
Coquelin and Cazorla remain fit to take cover of the back four and serve as the central midfielder respectively. The midfield duo will no doubt get the starting berths against West Brom.
Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been scheduled to return to training by Monday, while Rosicky and Wilshere are still few weeks’ away from recovery, meaning they won’t be available for selection. Joel Campbell will once again have another opportunity to shine in the absence of the right-wing regulars, while Ozil and Sanchez will take charge of the middle and left-wings respectively.
Olivier Giroud will continue to lead the attack as Walcott is still few weeks away from full recovery even though he is likely to return before schedule, while Welbeck is ruled out until next year.