There were some injury scares from the win over Brighton, none more worrying than Bukayo Saka having to be substituted following a hefty collision. Saka is a true warrior and he only stays down unless he’s in real trouble, so the initial fears were justified.
However, Arteta has stated that he’s recovered well and is now expected to be available for the journey to the Midlands.
"“I hope he is available. We will see with training on Thursday or not. He has played a lot of minutes. I am confident he will be OK,” he told the official Arsenal website."
Players will need a rest eventually, one of whom could be Gabriel Martinelli, who was replaced after just 66 minutes against the Seagulls. Missing from that trip was Brazilian trio Gabriel, David Luiz and Willian, the latter two suffering from illness. Gabriel has to sit out due to contracted COVID-19, but the other two are expected to be back.
"“We have the players who have been through all the regulations with COVID, different individuals which I think we’re gonna recover for the game against West Brom,” Arteta said."
Thomas Partey will be an interesting one to observe as he nears a return from a thigh injury, one that leaves him touch and go for the weekend. At this stage, Arsenal need to be cautious…unlike last time.
As for the Baggies, former Gunner Kieran Gibbs picked up an injury pre-Leeds and will not be available to face Arsenal, while Conor Townsend is struggling his own injury issue and not likely to be available for selection.