The Gunners find it hard to play at The Hawthorns

Last updated: November 17, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Hawthorns
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWWL
Away form: DLWLW
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal failed to win against Tottenham in the North London derby and ended with a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Although Spurs were the better team on the field they couldn’t beat The Gunners. Harry Kane scored the opening goal for Tottenham, but Kieran Gibbs equalised for a draw fifteen minutes before the end of the game. Despite the point they won, The Gunners couldn’t take advantage of the mishap of Manchester City during The Citizens visit to Aston Villa (0-0).

On the other hand, West Brom’s home performance is pretty bad. The Baggies have lost 4 of their 6 matches at The Hawthorns. In addition, they have conceded 12 goals in these games, which means 2 goals in their net per game on average. Furthermore, The Baggies lost their last Premiership match against Manchester United at Old Trafford 2-0 and left with 14 points, only six away from the relegation zone.

Only three days after this match, Arsenal are going to play in The Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb, which is a very important game for them. So, Arsene Wenger can give some more rest days to his key players and give some playing time to his substitutes, which means West Brom have their chance to surprise The Gunners.

Team News

The veteran midfielder Gareth McAuley was sent off in the final minute of West Brom’s last match and will be missing the game against Arsenal through suspension.

Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott are still injured and won’t take part in the match. They received their injuries against Sheffield Wednesday in The Capital One Cup.

Hector Bellerin has recently received a groin strain injury and won’t be fit for the visit to The Hawthorns.

Aaron Ramsey has returned to full training after recovering from his hamstring problem. The midfielder hasn’t played in an official game for a month.

Quotes of the week

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “I have got to take the blame for waiting for Anthony Taylor after the game.”

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “I am very concerned, honestly, because we are only in November and to have so many players out, knowing we go into the Christmas period soon.”

Expected line-ups:

WBA (4-4-2): Myhill, Dawson, Chester, Olsson, Evans, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Lambert, Yacob, Berahino.
Subs Anichebe, McManaman, Morrison, Ideye, Anichebe, Gamboa, Rose
Injured: Foster, McAuley
Not available: Rondon – international duty
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Gibbs, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Oezil, Sanchez, Campbell, Cazorla, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Ramsey, Chambers, Arteta, Flamini, Gabriel, Iwobi
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bellerin, Walcott
Not available:

Key Battle

callum mcmanaman McManaman this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
2 (6) 228 0 1 1 0 1 0
Alexis Sanchez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 (1) 957 6 4,4 0 2 0 0

So far this season

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West Bromwich this season Arsenal this season
13 League Position 2
1 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (5)
1-0 vs. Stoke, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Norwich Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (0)
4 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
0-3 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-2 to West Ham and Chelsea
Berahino, Rondon (3) Top scorer Sanchez, Giroud (6)
Morrison (2) Assist Leader Oezil (10)
Y26, R1 Discipline Y12, R2
5 Failures to score 3
6 Clean Sheets 6
3 Both Teams to Score Games 4
4 Over 2.5 Games 6
8 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • Arsenal have won 12 of the last 16 games between these two teams. In the last meeting The Gunners won 4-1 at The Emirates Stadium.
  • The Baggies have won 21 of 62 games at home against Arsenal. There has been 14 draws and 27 victories for The Londoners.
  • Arsenal have recorded three consecutive away victories in The Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s players have scored 11 goals in these games.
  • The Gunners have lost only two from 12 Premiership games. They lost only to West Ham and Chelsea (0-2). Now, Arsenal are on a run of 6 consecutive Premier League games without a loss.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
24/05/15 The Premier League Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich T. Walcott 4′
29/11/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 0-1 Arsenal Welbeck 60′
04/05/14 The Premier League Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich O. Giroud 14′
06/10/13 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-1 Arsenal C. Yacob 42′
25/09/13 The Capital One Cup West Bromwich 1-1(P) Arsenal Eisfeld 62′