Hello and welcome to live coverage of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup tie with West Brom at the Hawthorns.
It has been a turbulent start to the season for Arsenal after a poor pre-season and losing their opening two games of the Premier League season.
They are also yet to score a goal and have struggled to create clear cut chances. But after overcoming Covid, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could be available this evening and manager Mikel Arteta is delighted to have them back.
“That’s really good news because we really need them,” he said. “We know that a big part of what we want to do, as I’ve mentioned before, is going to be determined in the boxes and these are the two players that have the biggest goal threat in the team.
“They are both so important to us as they are able to put that ball in the net. We need them firing, we need them at their best and the team has to help them to deliver that.
“I think we sometimes get really carried away because of the youth, the quality and the talent and the potential that we have through the squad. But the ones that are going to determine our success and who have to lead our success are the senior players.
“These are the ones who have to drive everybody else and then our young players and our development players, they have to be adding to that.
“The base and the foundation should be giving them that. They have that responsibility and hopefully, when we have all the players back fit and healthy, they will be the drivers of that and the leaders of that.”
West Brom, who are joint leaders of the Championship, are waiting to discover the extent of Matt Clarke’s hamstring injury ahead of the match.
Brighton loanee Clarke pulled up chasing a loose ball shortly before half-time against Blackburn at the weekend.
Defender Semi Ajayi replaced Clarke against Rovers and may deputise once again.
Grady Diangana dropped to the bench at the weekend and could figure if boss Valerien Ismael shuffles his pack.