West Brom's Gareth Barry never expected to be a record breaker

West Brom's Gareth Barry never expected to be a record breaker

Kerry Wise
September 25, 2017

Tony Pulis' men put up a spirited fight against City, losing 2-1 against a team that had scored 11 times in their previous two Premier League games, and Pulis will be hoping that the Baggies put up a similarly courageous fight when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. Star players should return for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil is carrying a knee injury while Theo Walcott is also a doubt.

Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers is out for a similar amount of time after sustaining a hip problem against Doncaster.

Wenger is expected to ring the changes for Monday night's game with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and a host of first-team players returning to the starting line-up.

Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will probably start in the center of the park for Arsenal.

"Once the transfer period is over, you focus on your squad and your players", said Wenger.

Per Sky Sports, Chris Brunt, Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke will all be given late fitness tests by West Brom before the journey south.

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Barry has been sent a video message by former Manchester United winger Giggs ahead of Monday's match. He has made a good career here and I believe that Arsenal is very proud for that and Kieran Gibbs can be proud.

The Baggies have suffered nine defeats away to Arsenal in the Premier League, a joint-high for them in the competition alongside away defeats to Chelsea.

Last season West Brom earned just their second win over Arsenal since 2010 as they hit three past the Gunners at the Hawthorns to put even more pressure on Arsene Wenger's quest for Champions League football.

It is probably nothing more than a coincidence that Arsenal and Chelsea played in the Premier League recently nearly an exact year from what many people see as the turning point in last seasonĀ“s race to the EPL title.

"As insane as it sounds after all these years, my focus will be on winning the game".