With Arsenal in town, we caught up once more with 'Mean Lean' from the Arsenal website
Arsenal Vision. He gives his views on the Gunners' start to the season, their Champions League struggles, their Premier League prospects, and more. You can also follow Arsenal Vision on Twitter @arsenalvision.

How would you view Arsenal’s season so far?
It has been a strange season for Arsenal so far I must say, or at least it feels that way. Losing at home to West Ham on the opening day of the season, having a faltering Champions League campaign and also having to deal with the annual injury crisis feels like it has been a disaster start to the season but a quick glance at the league table and we are equal on points with 1st placed Manchester City.

This gives me a lot of hope. We have sparkled in a few games so far this season but for the most part we have been tough and have managed to get the job done. We usually go on a good run of form as we did at the end of last season so I am praying for that to happen before our domestic results go south.

With Chelsea seemingly out of the picture and Manchester United far from their best, is there a feeling that this could be the season where the Gunners finally get their hands on the Premier League title again?

It is our best chance for a title in a while I'd say. But even if that is the case, we are still not the favourites. Manchester City have spent a lot of money (once again) on their squad and probably have the strongest squad in the league but as much as they will be a challenge for us, our biggest challenge for us is keeping our key squad players fit for a large chunk of the season. If we can stay relatively fit then we are a match for anyone in this league. Oh and did you mention
Chelsea? Mwahahahaha

After the defeat to Bayern Munich, it looks as though it’s going to be difficult for Arsenal to reach the next stage of the Champions League. Is there still hope that you can do it? Why have results been so disappointing in the competition?

The Champions League is a funny one and I am not entirely sure how I feel about it. Firstly I don't think Arsène prioritised that competition in the first two games. We rested key players and used players who have not had any games under their belts and the team under performed. Losing those two games sent us way off track. In a way I'd be ok with finishing last in our CL atble and not having to deal with European competition this season. It may sound spoilt but I am not sure we can manage the two competitions with our injury record the way it is. If we managed to squeeze through then obviously I want us to do well.

Who’s caught the eye for the Gunners so far this season?

There have been a few. Players who perhaps don't get the publicity are players such as Nacho Monreal who has been ridiculously consistent for the last 18ish months. Hector Bellerin on the other side has been sensational, especially in his attacking play from right back. Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have been very consistent in midfield and of course Petr Cech has shown just how much of a boost it is to have a world class keeper but the stand out player for me has to be Mesut Özil. He is a special player, one of the most intelligent players I have ever seen on the pitch. His assists and key pass numbers say it all.

Anyone been particularly disappointing?

Oxlade-Chamberlain has yet to reach his very high standards so far but that is largely down to the amount of time he has been afforded on the pitch, so maybe that is a tad unfair. I consider Laurent Koscielny the best centre back in the league and he has set the bar very high for me but I think he can cut out a few mistakes that he has made in the last few weeks and get back to his best.

Prediction for Arsenal’s season?
Prediction for Arsenal eh? Ok, I reckon we are going to hit a wall when the fixtures start coming thick and fast, we will lose players through injury and drop some points, but then I expect us to bounce back after January and we will have a collection of rested players due to missing large chunks of the season and we will hit our stride. Our league finish will depend on the only team above us in the table at present. 1st or 2nd.  

Prediction for Albion’s season?
With Pulis at the helm you will more than likely be organised enough not to be sucked into any relegation battles with Chelsea, so I predict a mid-table finish come the end of the season.

Premier League champs?
Come on? You are looking at one of the supporters right now! or erm.. Manchester City or who knows Manchester United.

To be honest I am not too bothered about who goes down unless it is Chelsea (which unfortunately it won't be) if they did keep losing and end up in the bottom three, it would have to be the best and most exciting relegation of the Premier League by some way. You may be able to tell that I have a rather unhealthy dislike of that
West London club.

Thoughts and prediction for Saturday’s game? How are Arsenal likely to line-up?

Ok so it is going to be a super tough game as most of the games are away from home against a Tony Pulis side. We were very tired just before the International break and our form had taken a bit of a dip. It will be interesting to see if we can click as a team after the break, something we have found difficult to do in years gone by. I don't expect you guys to leave much space in behind and you will be physical in the challenge, so we are going to have to stand up to that. If Arsenal can keep
West Brom out until late in the second half then I think we have enough quality to find a way through.

As for the line up, we do not have a great deal of options because well, being Arsenal and all, all our options are out injured. So we are more than likely going to start with the following:


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