Ozil back in contention as Gunners host West Brom today


Arsenal will look to strengthen their near-perfect home Premier League record against West Brom when the teams meet on Monday Night Football.

Arsenal has won each of last six Premier League home meetings against West Brom – scoring 13 goals and conceding just one.

Going further back, Arsenal have won seven of the last eight meetings at the Emirates Stadium either side of a 3-2 defeat in 2010 when Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas scored for Roberto Di Matteo’s visitors.

Arsenal are in the midst of their worst start to a Premier League season since 2011, but made a step in right direction with a solid 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend.

Meanwhile, West Brom began the weekend 10th in the Premier League – one point ahead of Arsenal – losing just one of their five games. In taking charge of this visit, Tony Pulis will become the first West Brom manager to reach 100 Premier League games in charge of the club.

Mesut Ozil is in contention to return to the Arsenal team for the match.

The Germany midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Doncaster.

Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem.

West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record on Monday.

The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs’ record if he features at the Emirates.

Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis.


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