Arsenal v West Brom preview: Mesut Ozil back in contention for Gunners

Meanwhile Baggies midfielder Gareth Barry became just the second player to make 632 appearances in the Premier League

Set to face off on Monday night, it will be the first time Gibbs would have faced Arsenal in his career, having been at the club for 13 years - and former boss Wenger has commented on the occasion, saying: "It will odd to see him in a different shirt because he is a player who has been educated here from a very young age".

He added: "We were interested in him yes, when he moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City". He has made a good career here and I believe that Arsenal is very proud for that and Kieran Gibbs can be proud.

As Gareth Barry prepares to make his own indelible mark in Premier League history, it is tempting to wonder whether Monday night's momentous occasion will ever be overtaken.

The Gunners also have the better squad with better players, and it is hard to see Arsene Wenger's side lose. "He would certainly like to stay but we haven't spoken about that because at the start of the season I thought we had to see how it evolves and see what kind of influence he can have in the squad throughout the season".

ARSENAL could welcome back Mesut Ozil but it will be a game-time decision on whether to risk the German worldwide.

Ozil missed the goalless draw against Chelsea last week and the mid-week League Cup game against Doncaster.

The game started tentatively but West Ham created a chance for Andy Carroll who lost his footing and failed to convert

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

Many consider Giggs as the greatest player to have ever graced England's top-flight, having won 13 league titles for Manchester United during his 963 appearances for the club in all competitions.

"As insane as it sounds after all these years, my focus will be on winning the game".

Wenger also revealed he is no longer targeting West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans after Arsenal showed interest in him over the summer. He's now level with Ryan Giggs on 632 appearances in the competition.

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