A shaky start to the 2017/18 season is beginning to be banished to the recesses of Arsenal‘s past, as a thumping 3-0 victory over Bournemouth and a positive draw away to Chelsea have cast a brighter light over the Emirates Stadium.
In the sixth round of Premier League fixtures the Gunners face Tony Pulis' combative West Bromwich Albion, and only a win will see Arsène Wenger's men leapfrog their visitors in the table.
And nothing short of all three points will do for the North Londoners, who can ill afford to drop points in such encounters if reclaiming a top-four place is their aim this season.
The Baggies will be no pushovers, though. Pulis has his defence drilled well and the additions of Jay Rodriguez from Southampton and highly-rated Scottish winger Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig have added a more dynamic edge to their attacking play.
But the Gunners will be confident of securing victory when the two sides meet at the Emirates on Monday night. A replication of Arsenal's performance against the Premier League champions last week, in which they gave as good as they got at Stamford Bridge and were unlucky not to win, should be more than enough to see them through.
The Arsenal back three – if, as expected, Wenger stays true to the 3-4-3 formation he has favoured in recent months – will have to be more resolute than they have shown at times this season. But recent results, with just one goal conceded in three all-competitions games, suggest this issue has been remedied.
In attack, with Alexandre Lacazette leading the line, and Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez scheming either side of the Frenchman, Wenger's side will test the Baggies' backline.
Sánchez, out of the side with a string of suspicious minor injuries while Manchester City pursued his signature in August, returned to the Premier league line-up against Chelsea and should retain his place against West Brom with Danny Welbeck injured.
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