Arsenal head to the Hawthorns with a skip in the step. The results have been positive recently and more than that, the performances have given us much to enjoy in the last three matches. Us Gooner’s have had enough of kamikaze defending and gifting goals to opposition at times when we should be killing games off. It had to stop if we were to finish this season well and I hope the team continues in this miserly vein.

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On the injury front we are looking good, Jack and Theo are set to return next week, with only the unfortunate Diaby and Ryo Miyaichi on the long-term injury list. The squad has had a weeks rest and Nacho has successfully recovered from the injury he sustained trying to stop Readings only goal. This prompts an interesting dilemma for Arsene as this is the first time he will have both Nacho and Gibbo fit and available for selection, but there is no reason why Gibbs couldn’t play in front of Nacho. He has the pace and the ability to go at players.

 

I do expect us to line up something like this however;

24
Fabianski
17
Nacho Monreal
6
Koscielny
4
BFG
3
Sagna
8
Arteta
16
Ramsey
27
Gervinho
19
Cazorla
7
Rosicky
12
Giroud

The Baggies are benefiting from the form of the excellent Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea and looks to be the clone of Drogba. Fast, powerful and with an eye for goal he will cause a problem for our centre-backs tomorrow. We will have to be drilled, disciplined and ready. Let’s not forget of course that West Brom had a cracking start to the season and whilst they have tapered off a bit recently they are very dangerous and we cannot take this game lightly. Every point we win now will count and with the indifferent form of Chelski and Tottenham we can really make a great opportunity for ourselves by winning this weekend.

Looking at our opposition for the top four, both Chelski and Spurs played last night and had tough games. Spurs suffered an injury to their talismanic, pacy gibbon-esque Bale and that could threaten to derail their season with injuries already racking up in their forward line they are left with just Adebayor as an out and out striker. Everton will provide a tough test and could well get a result at the Lane. Chelski are so inconsistent at the moment I couldn’t guess what side might show up this weekend, I am hoping for Sunderland to nick at least a point, perhaps three following their managerial changes.

Forget everyone else though, we have to look at ourselves. Come on you Gooner’s, lets have it. It’s back on!

WG