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Can The Gunners finally win?

Last updated: March 10, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLLLD
Away form: WDWLW
Last season: 4-1
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal are no longer favourites for the title. After three consecutive Premier League games without a victory, The Gunners are now 8 points below the leaders Leicester City. They finished with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the last round, which was the most satisfying result for The Foxes. However, The Gunners showed their great team spirit, equalizing after ending up with 10 players on the pitch.

On the other hand, West Bromwich Albion are on a very good run. Tony Pulis’ lads surprised Manchester United at The Hawthorns last weekend. Salomon Rondon proved he is in brilliant form, scoring the only goal of the game. The Venezuelan has found the net on 7 occasions this season. He has scored in 4 of the last 6 Baggies’ games.

Arsenal usually have no problems against West Brom at The Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have won 8 of their last 10 home games against The Baggies. West Bromwich Albion have won only 10 of 61 visits to London. In addition, Arsene Wenger’s players won 4 consecutive home games against The Baggies. So, the victory for Arsenal looks quite predictable.


Team News

Jonny Evans has a hamstring problem. The defender has scored 1 goal in 21 Premier League appearances for West Brom this season.

McManaman, Morrison and Brunt are the other injured players for West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt is out until the end of the season.

Petr Cech has received a calf muscle strain and will be ready to play at the end of the month. So David Ospina will have to replace him.

Francis Coquelin was sent off against Tottenham in the previous Premier League round. He is going to miss the game through suspension.

Quotes of the week

arsenen wenger from arsenal
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) :
“Look, I have worked here for 19 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job.”

Tony Pulis from WBA
Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) :
“I just hope Leicester City win the league.”


Expected line-ups:

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Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina, Bellerin, Gibbs, Gabriel, Mertesacker, El Nenny, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil, Giroud.
Subs Monreal, Welbeck, Flamini, Macey, Campbell, Chambers, Iwobi.
Injured: Rosicky, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cech, Koscielny, Wilshere.
Doubtful:
Not available: Coquelin
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WBA (4-4-1-1): Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester, Gardner, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Berahino, Rondon.
Subs Anichebe, McClean, Pritchard, Pocognoli, Sandro, Lambert, Myhill
Injured: Morrison, McManaman, Evans, Brunt.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

Alexis Sanchez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
19 (2) 1657 7 3,8 2 4 1 0
Josй Salomуn Rondуn Rondon this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
22 (3) 1903 7 2 2 1 1 1

So far this season

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Arsenal this season West Bromwich this season
3 League Position 11
8 (7) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (4)
5-2 vs. Leicester Biggest win 3-2 vs. Crystal Palace
4 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (3)
3 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (5)
0-4 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Southampton and Man City
Giroud (12) Top scorer Rondon (7)
Ozil (18) Assist Leader Brunt, Fletcher, Morrison (3)
Y33, R4 Discipline Y55, R3
7 Failures to score 9
12 Clean Sheets 10
13 Both Teams to Score Games 13
15 Over 2.5 Games 12
14 Under 2.5 Games 17
  • Arsenal conceded 6 goals in their last 3 Premier League games. The last time The Gunners won a match was on 14th February when they beat Leicester City 2-1 at home.
  • The Baggies kept a clean sheet on only 1 occasion in their last 9 visits in The Premier League. But, they lost only 4 of these matches.
  • West Bromwich Albion won the first game of the season between these two teams. The final score at The Hawthorns was 2-1 in the Baggies favour.
  • The Gunners are going to be thinking about the upcoming match against Barcelona, so they could be surprised by in-form West Brom.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/11/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 2-1 Arsenal O. Giroud 28′
23/09/15 The Premier League Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich T. Walcott 4′
07/02/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 0-1 Arsenal D. Welbeck 60′
27/09/14 The Premier League Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich O. Giroud 14′
16/03/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-1 Arsenal C. Yacob 42′