Arsenal expected 4-2-3-1 v West Brom: 20-year-old attacker recalled
By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger could make just one change to the side which faced Manchester City in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat when they take on West Brom on Boxing Day.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be ruled out of the clash through injury after being forced off 13 minutes after coming on as a substitute against City.
The attacker is expected to be replaced by 20-year-old Alex Iwobi in the starting XI.
Alongside Iwobi, Wenger is expected to name regular starters Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott.
Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez look set to start from the bench and there is unlikely to be any changes in midfield as Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin are expected to line-up in their holding roles.
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It means Mohammed Elneny misses out yet again and Shkodran Mustafi is also out after he was ruled out with an injury until the new year.
In his place, Gabriel is expected to line-up at centre-back alongside Laurent Koscielny and regular full-backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal should also start.
Petr Cech is the obvious first choice goalkeeper.
Arsenal currently lie in fourth place but they are just one point ahead of Tottenham and they are already nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.
They failed to pick up a single point from their last two games against City and Everton, and can’t afford any slip-ups against a West Brom side who are possibly punching above their weight in eighth place.
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