Arsenal head into the League Cup a round earlier than usual this season, on account of no European participation for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Winning a domestic cup this term might prove to be a route back into Europe for them, then, but they’ll have to markedly improve on a start to the season which has seen them beaten by Brentford and Chelsea so far, without a single goal scored and one off the bottom of the early league table.
West Brom were relegated from the Premier League last season but have made a very positive start to 2021/22.
So far they have won three of their four games and sit second in the Championship, with confidence set to be far higher in the squad than in Arsenal’s camp and with the Baggies perhaps looking for an upset.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is the match?
The game kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday 25 August at the Hawthorns.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. Subscribers can stream the game via the Sky Go app.
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What is the team news?
Matthew Clark is the only absentee for West Brom after he left the game early at the weekend. Valerien Ismael could rotate, but the boss might opt to stick with a strong squad given the fragility of Arsenal right now.
Mikel Arteta is without a host of players including Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Hector Bellerin, all injured. Ben White is ill, but Alexandre Lacazette is back in training and Martin Odegaard is available after signing from Real Madrid and receiving international clearance. Aaron Ramsdale will hope to make his debut in goal.
WBA – Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea; Furlong, Livermore, Mowatt, Townsend; Diangana, Grant, Robinson
ARS – Ramsdale; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Tavares; Elneny, Xhaka; Maitland-Niles, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang
West Brom 43/10
The Gunners badly need a result and a reaction after two inert displays. It won’t be straightforward but perhaps a second-tier side comes at just the right time for them. West Brom 1-2 Arsenal.
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