Mikel Arteta & co. will be aiming to put their miserable form behind and kick-off their perfect start when they trip to the Hawthorns to lock horns with West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
The Gunners have lost four successive games dating back to pre-season, with their last two defeats was in the Premier League against Brentford and Chelsea.
Losses to Brentford and Chelsea without scoring a goal means Mikel Arteta’s side have endured their worst start to a Premier League season in 118 years.
The Spaniard coach will be well aware of the fact that only a comprehensive victory against West Brom will ease the pressure mounting on him.
Meanwhile, the Championships side are in red-hot form, having registered three successive victories to move up to second in the league standings in the Championship.
Valérien Ismael’s men have played free-flowing attacking football and will relish the prospect of facing an Arsenal team in turmoil.
Ahead of trip to the Hawthorns, Mikel Arteta has received huge boost concerning majority of his first-team players who wasn’t available for the selection in his side’s last two games.
Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Magalheas all are joined rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad at London Colney on Tuesday for preparations of Carabao Cup against the Championships side.
Lacazette, who contacted with Covid-19, missed the opening two matches of the season, defeats by Brentford and Chelsea, but the Frenchman made returned to London Colney on Tuesday and could available for trip to the Hawthorns.
Martin Odegaard, who also missed Arsenal’s defeat at Emirates last Sunday against Chelsea, due to paperwork issue after completing his £30million permanent switch from Real Madrid, has now received full clearance.
The attacking midfielder trained alongside his team-mates and is expected to feature for the Gunners against West Bromwich Albion in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.
Aaron Ramsdale was also among Mikel Arteta’s men, who were in good spirits at London Colney on Tuesday and the Englishman, who was named as substituted at weekend against Chelsea likely to make his debut against the Championships side.
Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney are limped out on Sunday with lower leg cramps and cramps in thigh but both returned to full training and they expected to be available for tomorrow selection against West Bromwich Albion.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalheas and Nicolas Pepe, were all taken part in Tuesday’s training session as Gunners looking forward to getting their first victory this season.
Meanwhile, summer signing Ben White, who also contacted with Covid-19 ahead of the Chelsea match and will not be available on Wednesday match at West Brom.
Hector Bellerin will have a late check on a thigh problem while Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah, Willian and Alex Runarsson, all are totally rule out for the selection due to their respectively injuries problems.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make some changes to the side that started last routine, with Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Nuno Tavares, Rob Holding, Bukayo Saka, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Emile Smith-Rowe, and Granit Xhaka likely to get start against the Championship side.
After involved in series of training session at London Colney in couple of days, Aaron Ramsdale could make his debut for Arsenal in the Carabao Cup against West Bromwich Albion this evening.
The Englishman could picks between the sticks for Mikel Arteta’s men while Calum Chambers and Nuno Tavares could come in for Cedric Soares and Kieran Tierney at the right-back and left-back flank.
With Ben White is out with Covid-19 and Gabriel Magalheas has just returned to training after a knee injury, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding are expected to continue in central defence.
As for the middle of the park, Granit Xhaka appears a definite starter in midfield, while Albert Sambi Lokonga, who produced solid display on Sunday should partner the Swiss, and Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be other options for Mikel Arteta.
Martin Odegaard could slot into his preferred number 10 role. He could be flanked by Emile-Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who could start on the right wing where he is most effective.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was only a second half substitute in the London derby following a brief absence due to coronavirus.
The club skipper is likely to lead the line against the Baggies, behind him, Odegaard appears primed to make his second debut after sorting visa issues, while Alexandre Lacazette could feature in the second half of the game.
Arsenal possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Mari, Chambers, Holding, Tavares; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe; Aubameyang
Date, kick-off time and venue
West Brom vs Arsenal is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
The match will be played at The Hawthorns.
Where to watch West Brom vs Arsenal
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event/Football.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.