Stars Return - How Arsenal Could Line up vs West Brom

Stars Return - How Arsenal Could Line up vs West Brom

"It'll be a nice moment, it'll be in my head but I'll be put to the back of the mind because it's a tough game", he said.

He is unlikely to be involved when Arsenal take on West Brom on Monday, but could return for the trip to Belarus to take on Bate Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday.

Gareth Barry says it will be a proud moment for him to set the Premier League appearance record when West Brom play Arsenal on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he wanted to take Barry to north London when he left Aston Villa to join Manchester City in 2009 but could not compete with City's financial muscle.

Should Barry play any part in Monday's game, he will become the Premier League's all-time leading appearance maker with his 633 overtaking Ryan Giggs. "Football is a team game", he told a media conference. I thought, 'Do you really want to end your career playing the odd game, being on the bench or just being in and around the place?' A lot of players generally finish like that. Whether it will stay around for long I don't know'.

Arsene Wenger was days away from winning the English Premier League for the first time as Arsenal manager. "I've been able to keep going".

"I believe it's an outstanding achievement", said Wenger.

The Gunners are thought to have tabled an offer for the Northern Ireland worldwide during the recent transfer window but were knocked back by Albion, who also rejected bids from Leicester and Manchester City.

He said: 'It's certainly harder for younger players breaking through now like I did. More so for my kids, I'd be proud for them to see their dad up there. You're immature as an 18 or 19-year-old. You make your debut and you're focused on different things.