Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

20 Apr

West Brom won the reverse fixture 2-1, ending a nine-game winless run against the Gunners.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could make changes following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are all pushing for recalls, but Jack Wilshere is not yet ready to play.

West Brom have reported no fresh injuries since their defeat by Watford.

Saido Berahino is expected to keep his place despite missing two penalties against the Hornets, Alex Pritchard is a doubt, while James Morrison is out.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “The season is far from over. It depends on who you play and the commitment you face.

“Against West Ham and Crystal Palace we were not efficient enough. That is a regret. It’s my job to get the team 100% ready.

“Every time it doesn’t work you question yourself, it is part of the job. In the end it is always down to me and I stand up to that.”

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: “We get to go to these football grounds and play against great players, great football teams, at great stadiums. You relish it, you shouldn’t be nervous or worried about it.

“We’ve got the points to keep us in the Premier League, so we should really look forward to these games.”


West Brom were unfortunate to lose at home to Watford at the weekend – but when they are on the road they struggle to cause much of a goal threat.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • West Brom are looking to complete a first league double over Arsenal since 1961-62.
  • Their victory in the reverse fixture ended a nine-game winless run against the Gunners (D2, L7).
  • The Baggies have lost all but one of their nine Premier League trips to the Emirates, their 3-2 win in 2010 being the exception.


  • Arsenal have won only four of their last 13 Premier League games (D6, L3), just one victory more than West Brom during this period.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side have conceded 11 goals in 16 home league games; only Manchester United with seven have let in fewer.
  • They are the only side to have scored in every game against a side currently in the bottom half.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored or assisted seven goals in his last six league games (four goals, three assists)
  • The Gunners have won 499 Premier League matches – only Manchester United with 583 have won more.

West Bromwich Albion

  • West Brom have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (D5, L5).
  • All 10 of the Baggies’ Premier League wins this season have been by a one-goal margin, including seven 1-0 victories.
  • West Brom have scored just 50 goals in 51 games in the Premier League under Tony Pulis. They have kept 21 clean sheets in that time.
  • Saido Berahino has scored four goals in 28 league appearances this season, having scored 14 in 2014-15.


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