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Arsenal Vs West Brom Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Match Facts and More

by Mr Neutral

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High-flying Baggies travel to the Emirates Stadium.

If you were told at the beginning of the season that one of these two sides was in fifth spot level on points with the third place side in the table and the other was floating around mid-table destined for little from the Premier League season then you would never have assumed that West Brom would be the side who are in the ascendancy, such is the good work done by new Baggies boss Steve Clarke.

Arsene Wenger on the other hand is in real danger of seeing all the good faith Arsenal fans had in his abilities evaporate. The Gunners boss cuts a forlorn figure on the touchlines these days and anything other than a win at home to West Brom would be considered something of a disaster.

This was supposed to be a season which held a lot of promise for the North London side but now falling some 15 points off the top of the table there is every chance that Arsenal may not even secure their customary top four finish.

Venue Emirates Stadium

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Last season Arsenal 3 West Brom 0

Referee Mike Jones

This season’s matches 10 Y37, R1, 3.80 cards per game

Odds Arsenal 9-20 West Brom 11-2 Draw 100-30

Arsenal

Subs from Mannone, Martínez, Gnabry, Ramsey, Squillaci, Djourou, Coquelin, Podolski, Chamakh, Miquel, Yennaris, Rosicky

Doubtful Podolski (hamstring)

Injured Sagna (ankle, 8 Dec), Fabianski (ankle, Jan), André Santos (stomach, unknown), Walcott (calf, unknown), Koscielny (hip, unknown), Diaby (thigh, unknown) Suspended None

Form guide LDDWDL

Disciplinary record Y14 R1

Leading scorer Walcott, Giroud, Podolski, Cazorla 4

West Brom

Subs from Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Dorrans, Jara, Mulumbu, Tamas, Lukaku, Fortuné, Thorne, Dawson, Roofe, Sawyers

Doubtful None

Injured Foster (groin, 8 Dec), Reid (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Form guide LLWWWW

Disciplinary record Y26 R1

Leading scorer Long, Lukaku 5

SOURCE: Guardian

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Head-to-head

Arsenal did the double over West Brom last season, winning 3-0 at home and 3-2 at The Hawthorns on the last day of the campaign, a win that booked their place in this season’s Champions League.

West Brom have won at Arsenal just once since 1983 – that was a 3-2 victory in September 2010.

The last four meetings between Arsenal and West Brom have produced 17 goals.

The teams have met 12 times in the Premier League, and there has never been a 0-0, a hat-trick, or a red card.

Arsenal

Arsenal have won one of their last six league matches (W1, D3, L2).

They have won three of their last 10 Premier League home matches (W3, D4, L3).

Arsenal have 21 points from 15 matches – their lowest tally at this stage of the season under Arsene Wenger, and lowest since 1994-95 (19 points).

The Gunners have conceded 16 goals in this season’s Premier League – only Manchester City (11) and Stoke (12) have conceded fewer.

Arsenal are one short of 250 home wins in the Premier League.

West Brom

After a run of four consecutive victories, West Brom have lost their last two Premier League matches. They last lost three in a row in January.

But it is still their best start to a top-flight season since 1980-81.

West Brom have won all five league matches where they have been winning at half-time, but lost all three where they have been losing at half-time.

In this season’s Premier League, the Baggies have not conceded a goal in the first 28 minutes of the second half. But they have conceded five in the last 10 minutes of games.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

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