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Confirmed Lineups: Arsenal vs WBA
Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion in the final game of the Premier League weekend on Monday night football.
Victory for the Gunners would move them up to 7th place in the table as they start the evening one point and two place’s behind West Brom.
Arsène Wenger has named a strong lineup ahead of Thursday’s trip to Belarus in the UEFA Europa League.
The two teams are confirmed as:
Petr Čech; Shokdran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Héctor Bellerín, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolašinac; Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sánchez; Alexandre Lacazette
Substitutes: David Ospina, Per Mertesacker, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud
Arsène Wenger said Mesut Özil wasn’t fit to start last weekend’s draw at Chelsea and the German playmaker is only named among the substitutes once again. Alexis Sánchez and Aaron Ramsey start behind Alexandre Lacazette in a 3-4-3 formation.
Héctor Bellerín and Sead Kolašinac will be looking to get forward from wing-back to offer width in attack as West Brom look like they will stuff the centre of the park with three central defenders and three centre midfielders in the starting lineup.
West Bromwich Albion
Ben Foster; Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi; Alex Nyom, Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry, Grzegorz Krychowiak; Hal Robson-Kanu, Jay Rodriguez
Substitutes: Boaz Myhill, Claudio Yacob, James Morrison, Chris Brunt, James McClean, Matt Phillips, Salomón Rondón
Such is the defensive team that Tony Pulis fielded this evening, the West Brom manager doesn’t have a defender among his substitutes. Striker Salomón Rondón and attacking midfielders James Morrison, Chris Brunt, James McClean and Matt Phillips are all named on the bench. Though Brunt has played left-back more times than he has in midfield under Pulis.
Former-Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs starts in what appears to be 5-3-2 formation. Gareth Barry surpasses Ryan Giggs as the all-time appearance maker in Premier League history today.
Ahmed Hegazi and Craig Dawson offer great aerial threat from set pieces.
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