Date: 23rd September 2017 at 11:10am
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Head coach Tony Pulis has now held his pre Arsenal press conference and he’s laid out his vision for West Bromwich Albion moving forward.

West Bromwich Albion head to Arsenal and the Emirates Stadium on Monday evening for the televised game, and Pulis admitted that he was waiting for a few ‘knocks and niggles’ to clear up before he makes his final team selection for the game but importantly after our summer transfer business, he wants to see Albion kick it up a level and progress further this year.

Speaking to wba.co.uk as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, Pulis explained.

‘We`ve got to get everybody fit and when we do, we`ll start looking at what we want to do. I`ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we`ve got. But I want them all fit first – then we will really be able to nail it down. Hopefully, it will evolve into a shape and system that really suits these players.’

As for Arsenal, Pulis admitted his ‘chalk and cheese’ record against Arsene Wenger’s side when it comes to away performances and he’s hoping we can slightly rectify that record in his favour at the beginning of next week.

‘I`ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I`ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that. It will be a real, real tough game but the players should take some confidence into it after their performance against Manchester City.’

With Jake Livermore being given a few days off this week owing to a bit of burnout, having been rested for West Ham and Manchester City, he now comes back into Pulis’ thoughts for Monday evening as well.

Pulis admitted he felt the reaction to his rest a bit pathetic, especially when you consider he didn’t take his full holiday over the summer.

‘I’ve found the reaction ridiculous. If people look at Jake’s schedule since January and the fact he went away with England at the end of the season, and so had a shorter break than everybody else, they should understand. He then went straight into pre-season training with us and in retrospect I should have maybe given him a longer break.’

He added.

‘But we looked at his stats and his levels were down and we had a chat. Jake confirmed that he was a little tired and so I decided to give him a couple of days off. He’s back in now and I hope he’s going to be tearing around the training pitch like normal. He’s definitely available for the Arsenal game.’

Chris Brunt, Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke will be assessed late on ahead of the game.

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