Arsenal’s starting XI for the game against WBA (match preview).

FA Premiership; Saturday Dec 8th, WBA (h)

Afternoon folks.

There’s something wrong with today’s preview. With all the respect in the world to West Brom, who’ve been superb this season, I look at the current Premiership table and the recent results, and I can’t help thinking the respective fortunes of the two teams should be the other way around.

Arsenal currently languish in 10th after a succession of disappointing results, whilst our opponents have put in some excellent displays, beaten the big names, and rightfully flown up the table. I almost feel dirty to say Arsenal may not be the favourites today.

The are a few absentees due to injury; Walcott, Podolski, and Koscielny all join Diaby and Andre Santos on the sidelines. Bacary Sagna isn’t ruled out entirely, but is considered a major doubt. The players rested for Tuesday’s trip to Greece should all return.

My starting selection would be:

I think it’s fair to say the experiment of playing Gervinho as a striker hasn’t worked out. He scored a few goals early on, but on the whole he hasn’t looked anything other than a touch hapless. Giroud gives us real presence up front. Aaron Ramsey may get the nod to start in one of the wide positions, as Arsene Wenger tends to favour him over others.

It’s hard to predict how the game will go. Arsenal playing to their capabilities should have more than enough firepower to dispatch West Brom. Of course, recent matches have taught us that version of our beloved Gooners appears infrequently. West Brom play the game well, and have enough pace and guile in the forward positions to exploit any defensive blunders. The back four and keeper will needs their wits about them.

I’m going for a decent, back-on-track performance and a 2-0 victory.

That’s all for today folks. Please use the comments below to put forward your selections and preferences. Who would you pick? Who would you leave out?

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