Wenger’s Men To Navigate Tricky Fixture: Arsenal’s Predicted Line-Up v West Brom

By timgarrett IN Lineup,Premier League - 10:00 Dec 31st 2017

Arsenal served up one of the games of the festive period on Thursday night, as they ran out 3-2 winners in a thrilling clash with Crystal Palace thanks to a brace from Alexis Sanchez.

At this time of year the fixtures come thick and fast, and there will be no time for the Gunners to rest on their laurels. West Brom away has been a tricky tie for Arsene Wenger’s men in recent years, and they must try and find a way past them this afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s side have been in horrendous form of late, but if Arsenal are to add to the misery then Wenger must still get his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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ARSENAL LINE-UP
v WEST BROM - THE HAWTHORNS, 31 Dec 2017, 16:30
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Cech
72%
000 / 0
Koscielny
58%
003 / 0
Mustafi
37%
201 / 0
Chambers
15%
001 / 0
Bellerin
72%
113 / 0
Xhaka
66%
134 / 0
Wilshere
42%
132 / 0
Kolasinac
58%
241 / 0
Sanchez
58%
844 / 0
Ozil
53%
452 / 0
Lacazette
52%
831 / 0
Totals272322 / 0

The clash with Crystal Palace was the first time Arsenal have lined up with a back 3 of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers in the Premier League, but Wenger looks set to go with it again after an encouraging performance.

Jack Wilshere’s form in recent weeks has surprised many, having finally worked his way back into the first team plans at Arsenal. His partnership with Granit Xhaka will be put to the test once again here, but the early signs are undoubtedly encouraging.

Arsenal’s 3 stars – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil and Alexandre Lacazette – have only started together 9 times, but their side has scored 23 goals in those matches. They’re by far the most potent front line Arsenal can field, and will be trusted once again to get the job done here.

Overall, it’s an incredibly strong Arsenal side and one that must claim victory here. New Betfair customers can back them for victory at huge odds of 25/1, and it looks like one of the bets of the day.

This is backed up in KickOff’s all-new Acca Smacker (below), which uses our unique predictive algorithm to give Arsenal a 51% chance of claiming victory at the Hawthorns, compared to just 23% for the home side.

The reasons for such a strong prediction become immediately clear when flicking over to the ‘Form Stats’ tab. Using 18 key data points, 9 attacking and 9 defensive, from the past 10 games for each side, KickOff compares the two sides and finds that Arsenal come out on top in 17 of them. The gulf between these two sides at the current time is vast, and with stats like that the score line could be too.

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