Xhaka axed in Wenger 4-2-3-1: Arsenal best possible XI to face West Brom
By Matt Farr
Arsene Wenger should drop Granit Xhaka from his Arsenal side for their upcoming Premier League encounter with West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has failed to shake off his liability tag in recent weeks, and must be sacrificed from the starting eleven in favour of a fit-again Mohamed Elneny.
Elneny is back in contention after returning from an ankle injury, which has seen him sidelined for a month, and he should be restored immediately to the Arsenal side.
Wenger should also reinstate attacking duo Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil to his line up, with Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dropping out, following the 5-0 FA Cup win over Lincoln. Lincoln last time out.
Welbeck has missed Arsenal’s last two matches with illness, but is back in full training ahead of the West Brom fixture, and is set to replace the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) in the attack.
Giroud, meanwhile, is likely to make way for the returning Ozil, with Alexis Sanchez promoted to leading the line in a must-win game for the away side.
Sanchez remains Arsenal strongest, and most consistent goalscoring threat this season, having already netted 21 goals from 37 appearances.
But Wenger should make no more than the three changes to his side, sticking with many of the faces that impressed in the victory over Lincoln.
Wenger’s side must return from their trip to the Hawthorns with nothing less than three points to stay in touch with their Premier League rivals.
Arsenal have already fallen five points behind the Premier League’s top four, and a defeat could also see Manchester United and Everton jump ahead of them in the table.
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