Barry refusing to budge as EPL record beckons

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Getty Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has failed to hit the ground running at Liverpool

Arsenal are in disarray and no closer to winning the Premier League this season than they have been in the past decade.

More than 19 years later, Barry is still playing in England's top division and, on Monday, will break the Premier League appearance record if selected by West Bromwich Albion for their away match at Arsenal.

The left-back left Arsenal to join the Baggies this summer after spending the last 13 years with the Gunners and the French coach believes the club and the player can be proud of their association. Tony Pulis went back to basics against West Ham. I can't look past a home win.

Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers is out for a similar amount of time after sustaining a hip problem against Doncaster.

West Brom won the last league clash between these two clubs; 3-1 at the Hawthorns in March.

However, that has not transpired so far with Sanchez only starting once in the Premier League, at Liverpool.

Lacazette and Olivier Giroud are tied at the head of the first goalscorer betting at 11/4, with Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon considered the visitors' main threats at 9/1 apiece.

Arsenal are aiming to win the Premier League for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign. With Granit Xhaka also at his disposal - the Arsenal boss has the players able to execute this role but has been unable to harness the full potential of these midfielders just yet. "You accept that as well from the players who play for their club", came the response when the subject came up.

ARSENE WENGER insists he is no longer interested in bringing West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans to Arsenal.

Gareth Barry could become the outright leader in terms of most Premier League appearances should he play in this match.

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