Both Arsenal and West Brom sit mid-table going into their Monday night encounter, but it will be Arsene Wenger's side who need the win the most if they are to stop falling away from the top four. The game at the Emirates Stadium should be a good one, and here's three battles that could go a long way to deciding how the game pans out... Arsenal have gone three games without scoring so far this season and so much focus will be on star player Alexis Sanchez and whether or not he can recapture his...
Alexis Sanchez vs Jonny Evans
Arsenal have gone three games without scoring so far this season and so much focus will be on star player Alexis Sanchez and whether or not he can recapture his fine form from last season.
Sanchez is one of few players in the league who can change a game by themselves and his 24 goals last season saved the Gunners from even more embarrassment, but he hit double figures for assists and is very much the heart of Arsenal's attack.
Jonny Evans will be playing left centre-back and so will come up against the Chilean forward directly.
Evans is widely seen as one of the most underrated defenders of the last few years and was chased by major clubs such as Man City over the summer. If the Northern Ireland international can keep Sanchez quiet, then Arsenal's indifferent start to the season may continue.
Alexandre Lacazette vs Ahmed Hegazi
French striker Alexandre Lacazette scored a fine header on his debut against Leicester and will be expected to lead the Gunners' attack on Monday.
The former Lyon striker has the perfect mix of pace and goals which Arsenal have been missing over the past few years and West Brom centre-back Ahmed Hegazi's lack of pace could prove perfect for Lacazette to attack against.
However, Hegazi has shown that he is capable in the air and so could nullify Lacazette's heading threat.
Nacho Monreal vs Salomon Rondon
Until the Gunners' clean sheet against Chelsea last weekend, Arsenal had conceded eight times in their last four games and Nacho Monreal has not looked anything like a centre-back.
Baggies' forward Salomon Rondon is a powerful striker who will back himself to beat Monreal in an aerial duel and is key to West Brom both as a goal threat and to hold up the ball for teammates.
Unless Rondon can be kept quiet against a defence fairly inexperienced with playing three at the back, West Brom will be expected to add to Arsenal's defensive woes.